Friday, August 3, 2012
Pin-Spiration: Homemade Iced Coffee
Now I'm just hot all the time and the thought of further heating up my body by drinking a hot drink in the morning just makes me...sweat. Enter the iced coffee. I came across this pin for easy cold-brewed coffee (no special tools needed!) and homemade coffee creamer too!
It's a pin-win!
I followed the recipe precisely the first time I made it (as I almost always do) and it came out awesome. After that I made some adjustments to suit my personal preferences. For instance, I don't have a pan or pot big enough to do an entire gallon, so I do a half a bag of beans and fill my big soup pot up to the brim. It's still plenty strong. Trust me. (The first time I made it with the full gallon and split it between two pots, but that's just more dishes to do and I really don't mind making it more often. Let's keep it fresh, people. I also use a reusable coffee filter because I find it a million times less messy than disposable coffee filters and a mesh strainer. Here's something similar to what we have:
On the creamer side of things, I discovered one day when I was out of creamer and about to make another batch that I didn't have any more evaporated milk. I used regular milk. Obviously this affects the expiration date of the creamer, but that's ok. I also store the creamer in a recycled store-bought creamer bottle. Finally, I use the fat-free versions of sweetened condensed and evaporated milks. It doesn't change anything but the fat content.
Recently I've taken to just a small spoonful of sugar in the coffee instead of creamer. This home cold-brewed coffee is really that good. I recommend you try it!