I love coffee. Love, love, love, love, love it. I love the taste of it, the smell of it, and how it feels to drink a fresh cup in the morning. I have no problem splurging a little to buy good quality beans because that really does make the difference. I even have enough coffee cups to caffinate the National Guard…which is rediculous since I’m only one person…I mean, how many coffee cups do I need?
Now, not that any of my coffee would ever go to waste, but I’ve often wondered if I’m wasting something by throwing my coffee grounds away. Can’t I use them for something else? Turns out you can…simply by throwing them in your garden instead of the garbage…
- Add a few tablespoons of cold coffee to powdered sugar to make a delicious glaze for cakes. Start with 1 bag of powered sugar and add coffee, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the consistency you want.
- Mix used coffee grounds with soil to release nutrients that make the ground richer and more acidic. Plants will flourish.
- Ants seem to hate the smell of coffee…so throw those grounds on top of anthills and your problems are solved.
- Use cold coffee to dye fabric and paper. I soak paper place settings in coffee the night before Thanksgiving. After they dry, they have a worn look to them…perfect for calligraphy and scrapbooking.
- For us brunette beauties, coffee can help give hair a boost, adding shine and enhancing color. After shampooing, rub grounds through your hair and rinse. Finish with a conditioner. Again, this is best on brunette and black hair. If you’re hair is blonde/light brown, I’d reconsider.
- Freshly brewed or cold coffee can be used to season meat (steak, anyone?) and is a great addition to practically any dessert.
- You can sprinkle coffee beans around vanilla scented candles to give off a wonderful smell. Just make sure the candle is tall enough that it won’t burn the beans…because I can testify that that’s not pretty.
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