Not that many, actually. But we totally get it if you want to try all of them.
Seven Times a Day
Depending on how much coffee you drink, a pack might last you an entire week. If, like me, you skip drinking your coffee cold, it’ll probably last you even longer than that. Although that seems ideal, don’t make the mistake of getting your coffee grounds straight from the freezer (or the pantry) and throwing them directly into your coffee maker. If you absolutely have to, you can, but the grounds are really hard, and sometimes it can clog your machine. Here are better ways of using your cold brew coffee.
As a cereal topper. After all, your cereal probably isn’t super flavorful on its own, and a nice strong cup of iced coffee with some cinnamon sugar will get the job done. Plus, I genuinely enjoy the contrast of the crunchy cereal and the soft, sweet coffee. Also, unlike hot coffee, which is super, super difficult to reheat, cold brew keeps its crispness much longer. If you make a cup of it in the morning, and by afternoon it’s still not cold, you can just refrigerate it and it’ll stay that way for at least a few hours.
As a facial scrub. Coffee doesn’t dry your skin out, which makes it perfect for getting rid of dead skin. Furthermore, the caffeine reduces inflammation and redness, leaving your skin looking fresh and (you guessed it) smooth. Combine it with some brown sugar and sea salt, and your face will be glowing in no time.
As a meat tenderizer. You can use coffee grounds like you would other tenderizers like pepper or kosher salt. This won’t actually change the taste of the meat, but it will break down the meat, making it softer and juicer. Use it on steak, chicken, pork, or any other meat, and you’ll be left with something you’ll wish you could eat every day.
As a marinade. Coffee reduces acidity and adds a bitterness, which comes out especially well on proteins. Just mix in some olive oil, a dash of sugar, and some soy sauce, and you have yourself an amazing marinade that works well with chicken, beef, pork, or fish.
As a way to keep pesky ants out of your house. There used to be an old wives’ tale that if you put coffee grounds near an ants’ nest, the ants would leave. Although the logic behind this is that the acid in the coffee (coffee is acidic, in case that wasn’t clear yet) would make the ants leave, I’m not so sure that’s the case. Still, it can’t hurt to try. Put down a line of coffee grounds where the ants enter your house, and see what happens.
As a flea repellant. I hear this actually works pretty well, although we haven’t tried it ourselves. Apparently, the grounds interfere with the fleas’ digestive system, causing blood to pool in the stomach, and eventually the fleas die of anemia. So, technically speaking, it’s not actually the coffee that makes them kill themselves, but it makes the blood unusable, and so they die.