You wake up in the morning, and you start the coffee pot brewing. Only thing is, you have settled into a routine in which you hardly enjoy that first refreshing cup. Shake things up a bit! Continue reading to find out how you can enjoy more options when it comes to your fresh brew.
Many people store coffee in their freezers because it keeps it fresher for a longer amount of time. However, many people fail to realize it needs to be wrapped well. If you place it in the freezer with strong-smelling foods, and it is not wrapped tightly, there is a chance your coffee will pick up those odours.
There have been many studies about whether or not coffee is healthy or harmful. Some state that the caffeine in coffee can be harmful unless it is consumed in moderation. Other studies seem to indicate that coffee can work as an antioxidant, and can actually help prevent some diseases such as cancer.
Do not throw away your old coffee grounds. If you have a garden, you can use your coffee grounds as fertilizer for your plants and flowers while keeping the pest away. You can also use old coffee grounds to scrub dirty dishes or clean your kitchen counter instead of using chemicals.
Make an effort to buy coffee that is pesticide-free. Coffee takes its flavor mostly from whatever area where it was grown. Organically grown coffee is going to naturally taste the best when you brew it.
Coffee comes in a wide variety of choices. There are stronger coffees and there are milder coffees. There are also flavored coffees, including raspberry and hazelnut. You can even buy creamer that is flavored so you can have many different choices.
If storing coffee in your refrigerator, be sure to use an airtight container. If air is allowed to enter the container, then the surrounding odors will permeate the coffee, changing its taste. Moisture can also seep in when coffee is left in a container that is not airtight.
Remember that coffee is a very absorbent food. So, proper storage is essential. Keep your unused coffee in a place that is dry and cool where it is protected from both sunlight and heat. However, do not store it in your fridge or freezer. Also make sure the container is opaque and air-tight, to prevent coffee from absorbing flavor and aromas from other foods.
If you are living alone, or are the only one in your family who drinks coffee, consider purchasing a single-serve coffee maker. Companies such as Keurig have created coffee makers that use a coffee pod, a single serving of coffee grounds in a small container that fits inside the machine. This type of coffee maker is also useful if you like to drink a different flavor of coffee each day.
If you purchase coffee beans in bulk, you must protect them. Coffee beans will absorb flavors. They will also lose their own flavors over time, especially when exposed to heat or light. Keep your coffee beans in an opaque, air-tight container.
Don’t let your coffee stay on the burner for any longer than 20 minutes after you have made it. By letting it sit there; you will find your coffee to have a harsh taste. Furthermore, leaving it on the burner for too long can burn both the pot and the coffee.
The best way to brew coffee is to brew it strong. If you do not like the taste of strong coffee, add milk or water after it is brewed. You want your coffee to be at its peak of flavor. If it is brewed strong and according to the proper water to coffee ratios, it should be strong and aromatic.
Use coffee syrups if you like flavored coffee. These are great alternatives to creamers and flavored beans. They are made from quality ingredients that smell and taste great. They’re consistent, and you can control how much sweetness or flavor you want. They also won’t cause a mess in your equipment since you directly add them to your cup.
Now are you excited? It’s time to go coffee shopping! No matter what your flavor, and no matter your budget, there are plenty of options available to you. Keep the tips you’ve read here in mind as you hunt down your next fresh brew. You are sure to be delighted.
Cooking can be quite the tragedy if you don’t have much knowledge or know any tricks of the trade. This article will give you the information you need to get on your way to making delicious meals without any complications. Of course practice will be necessary, cooking is not a skill that can be 100 percent right in the beginning.
Pasta is one of the best things that you can cook during the course of the day for the nutrients and carbs that it brings and its pleasant aroma. Make sure that your water is boiling for at least two minutes before you put your pasta into the pot for maximum quality.
For stir fry with an authentic Chinese touch, try using their velveting technique! Prepare a mixture of corn starch, egg whites, seasonings and sherry and set your pork, chicken or shrimp in it for about half an hour. Then, blanch it in hot oil or boiling water for shiny, tender and delicious restaurant quality stir fry.
If you are baking, one thing that you can do is to leave your eggs and butter at room temperature overnight. This will prepare them to be used as ingredients when you bake the next day. Understanding the temperature to store certain ingredients will help to maximize the ease of creating your meal.
Fresh ingredients are better than frozen or dried, regardless of what you cook. Use fresh foods any time you can, as they bring out the best flavor of the dish, and can be real money-savers too.
If you are planning on buying fish from a supermarket or fish store, make sure that you ask the person behind the counter if you can smell the fish. The fish should be very firm and should not have any pungent odors to them. Otherwise, do not purchase it, as they are probably not fresh.
If you want to spice up your meal, add peppers. Peppers will not only give the meal that you are making flavor, but will increase the spice intensity to appeal to your taste buds. Try different types and variations of peppers so that you can hone in on the peppers that you prefer.
Shelling pecans can be really challenging. Make it easier by soaking them in a cup of water and put the cup into the microwave for 5-6 minutes. It is always possible to soak the pecans into boiling water to get the same effect. Hot water makes the shell softer and easier to crack.
Rather than using water or milk in a specific recipe, try a different liquid to add a new flavor. If the recipe calls for water, switch it up by using a broth, juice, or cooking liquids. If a recipe calls for milk, try using buttermilk, yogurt or sour cream. Mixing up the base of your sauces and soups is a great way to liven up old recipes.
When you are going to purchase beef, make sure that the package does not have too much liquid in it. An excessive amount of liquid may indicate that the beef was not stored properly or that it is no longer good. Make sure you always check the expiration date as well.
Don’t waste the leftovers when you cook a turkey, whether it is for Thanksgiving or any other meal. It is smarter to divide up the meat and seal it in airtight containers that you freeze. This will keep the turkey fresh for a month or more, and can be easily thawed to use in sandwiches, soups, and salads.
When you are cooking a dish that requires it to be sauteed, add oil around the edges of the pan rather than directly on the food. This gives the oil a chance to heat up before it reaches the cooking food that is in the center of the pan. Hot oil will give you improved results and makes your dish taste better.
Now that you have read about the many basic skills of cooking, it is time for you to head to the kitchen and prepare some great food! Remember, as said before, cooking is not a skill that can be 100 percent right in the beginning. Practice is required for you to master the art of cooking.…
It’s a quarter to three, which means I have twenty minutes until I need to pick up my children from the bus stop. I have just enough time to pop in one of my starbucks k cup coffee pods, and reboot the system for “mommy-mode”. And if I’m going to take the time to re-boot my system, here is a list of the best snacks to have with an afternoon cup o joe.
Hazelnut spread on toast: I know, I know. Hazelnut spread is good on just about everything. And I don’t feel like a gluttonous blob when I throw it on some whole grain toast. It’s almost like I am sitting in Paris, people watching… only I am really just revving my engines in preparation for the mob of energetic children I am about to greet. Greek yogurt with a dash of honey: Not only is greek yogurt decadent and delicious, it is chock full of vitamins and nutrients that will do nothing but contribute to that burst of energy you are in search of. Toss on a little honey and your favorite berries and you’ve got a fancy little coffee snack there.
Chocolate covered nuts: We all need to spoil ourselves a little, right? If you’re having one of those days, snack on some chocolate covered nuts during your coffee break. There is something strangely satisfying about enjoying a salty sweet treat while drinking coffee. Feel free to run out now and get some. It’s amazing. Fig bars: or fruit bars of any kind. I am really not biased when it comes to a cookie bar. They are all delicious. Raspberry, apple, fig… I’ll take one of each please. I like to lay them neatly on a plate and eat them slowly. Don’t forget to hide your bars though, because kids tear through cookies filled with jam like little Tasmanian devils.
Pretzels with peanut butter. The combination of salty with sweet is such a pleasant juxtaposition to the coffee you are (hopefully) sipping. Personally, I like to keep my own secret jar of peanut butter hidden for special moments like this. I will take my pretzel and scoop the peanut butter directly from my special peanut butter jar like the classy gal I am. Sophistication with my coffee. Delightful. Graham crackers. Whats the best thing about graham crackers? You can do just about anything to them to make them more delicious. Marshmallows, chocolate, cream cheese… the possibilities are endless. What’s the second best thing? They are awesome with coffee. Whether you are in a hurry and have to eat directly from the sleeve, or you have a minute to spread some delightful concoction on your tasty graham, you will hit a home run with this coffee snack. Pastries: Shall we save the best for last? Good, because having a nice bakery treat with your afternoon coffee, is the ultimate indulgence. Nothing will help you hit that start button better than a fluffy pastry with a nice cup of coffee.