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May 24, 2007 11:38 AM

Uses for leftover coffee

Bought two Starbuck's "traveler" boxes this morning and only about half of one was consumed. So, I have about 16 cups of strong, quickly cooling coffee. I'm thinking of making a granita or sorbet. Any other suggestions? I suppose I can freeze it.....but then do what with it?

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    1. re: KeriT

      I agree with this, my brownies taste best with a splash of coffee in them. Ice-Coffee cubes are also smart.

      Since you have so much coffee, you might want to make more than one thing... I've sauteed a thick slab of ham in coffee ("redeye sauce") and it was a really unique and tasty combination.

      1. re: KeriT

        Or chocolate mousse, coffee really brings out the flavor of the chocolate.

      2. Freeze in ice cube tray and use instead of plain ice in iced coffee.

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        1. re: Nyleve

          I like the way you think. Coffee on coffee - brilliant.

          1. re: Junie D

            Be sure to warn anyone who shares your freezer if you do this - I remember my husband being horrified that we had brown ice cubes when I tried this a while back! How about grown-up popsicles? You can add sugar and cream first if you like your coffee that way.

            1. re: Junie D

              Last summer I posted the following - my perfected method for the best iced coffee ever. One of the key ingredients, of course, is the coffee ice cube:

              "After a long and mostly enjoyable quest, I think I have finally perfected it. Iced coffee so good that I don't feel I need to go any further. The secret, as it turns out, is coffee ice cubes. I made these with a batch of extra-strong coffee run through my filter machine the other day.

              Into the blender goes one long shot of espresso, about the same amount of milk and as much sugar as you like. Put on the lid, but remove the center hole-thingy. With the blender running (at top speed), drop about 4 coffee ice cubes in through the hole, one at a time. Continue blending until you can't hear any more crunching.

              Pour into a tall glass over (plain) ice.

              Better than any crappy, fake, oversweetened excuse for iced coffee you can get anywhere."

          2. Check this thread on baking with brewed coffee.
            I've made coffee granita before, it's good & easy, and will use more of your coffee.
            I don't know what kind (strength)of coffee it is, but I've made & refrigerated strong brewed coffee mixed with chocolate powder & milk - for iced coffee later! sugar optional.

            1. I was thinking last week about how much I used to like coffee jello with cream on top.It has been many years since I have had it and I haven't the slightest idea how to make it -if anyone has a recipe would love to have it. I suppose coffee, sugar and gelatin?

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              1. re: emilief

                This is in one of my cookbooks, either Joy of Cooking or Dartha, um, Martha Stewart.

              2. Mix your leftover brew with 1/2 the amt. of a good red wine and marinate a flank steak for 30 mins & grill.