Making Great Iced Coffee

Making Great Iced Coffee

Summer is finally upon us and most days are just too warm for hot cup of java juice. Below are some tips to help you make a great iced coffee.

Start with Fresh Coffee Beans

A great iced coffee was never made using stale beans so avoid buying your beans on sale. If you don’t drink iced coffee often, consider buying fresh beans at a coffee shop where you can buy only the amount you need for the occasion.

Taste Test

Hot coffee tastes different than cold coffee. So to get an idea of how your coffee will taste cold let a hot cup cool to room temperature. This little test will help you decide what tastes perfect to you.

Use Fresh Ice

Ice has a tendency to get a stale if it sits in the freezer unused for too long. If you’re wondering whether your ice is helping of hurting your iced coffee, it’s easy to test: let a few cubes melt and come to room temperature, then taste the resulting water. If it’s water you would want to drink by the glassful, you’re in good shape. If not, toss out the old ice and make fresh. If it still tastes stale, buy a bag of ice, the cost is worth the boost in flavor.

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Brew your coffee on the strong side as it will be weakened by the ice. To keep from diluting your drink, brew a pot of coffee and freeze into ice cubes. Use frozen coffee cubes in place of regular ice cubes to keep from diluting or weakening the flavor.

Brewing Your Coffee Cold

Some people object to acidity in their cold coffee. Cold brewing greatly reduces the acid content of coffee, it will lower the acidity one full pH point verse hot brewed coffee.

Put 3/4 cup ground coffee in a quart Mason jar, fill with water and stir. Cap it and put in the refrigerator for 12 hours. Strain the resulting concentrate through a coffee filter to remove the grinds. Add water to taste when you’re ready to drink. You can even heat the reconstituted beverage for a quick, low-acid cup of hot coffee.

Don’t use Burnt Coffee

Saving leftover coffee for iced beverage is often fine, but don’t be tempted to use the dregs of a burnt pot. If it doesn’t taste good hot, it definitely won’t taste good cold.

Add some zip to your iced coffee

Adding fruit flavors such as strawberry, orange, blueberry, cherry and even spices like nutmeg, cinnamon or cardamom are a great way to perk up your coffee  drink. The important thing is to have fun with it! Try lots of new things. Vary your usual routine. The worst that can happen is you won’t like it. You can always try something else!

If you’re short on time and don’t have a stash of reconstituted coffee available, try this recipe using instant coffee.

Vanilla Iced Coffee

2 teaspoons instant coffee
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cold water
1 1/4 cups milk
Chocolate shavings (optional)
Sugar (optional)

Directions:

Put the first 5 ingredients into a blender.
Pulse blend until the ingredients are smooth and frothy.
Add the cold milk and pulse blend until all the ingredients are blended well.
Pour of a few cubes of ice, add the chocolate and voila!

If you desire, add the ice to the blender after the first five ingredients have been blended and crush the ice and then add the milk and mix.

 

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Bourbon Spiced Pork with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples (includes a video)

Bourbon Spiced pork with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples

1 pkg. McCormick seasoning mix (has no added chemicals or preservatives, all natural dry spices)

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

3 lbs. pork tenderloin

½ cup orange juice, divided

1 ½ lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled, dices 1-inch cubes

2 Fuji or Gala apples, peeled, cored and quartered

Heat Oven to 425 degrees

Mix seasoning and brown sugar; reserve 1/3 cup. Mix ¼ cup of orange juice with brown sugar mix. Set aside.

Line a 9X13 inch baking dish with aluminum foil and arrange tenderloin over foil. Pour season mix over meat evenly.

In a large bowl mix apples and sweet potatoes with ¼ cup of orange juice and reserved brown sugar mix, stir in to coat apples and sweet potatoes. Arrange apples and sweet potatoes around tenderloin.

Place in oven and roast for 25-30 minutes or until meat has an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Remove, allow to cool 5 minutes, plate and serve.

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