Monday, August 10, 2009

Coffee Ice Cubes: Don't waste coffee and relax...

For TR who told me people would be interested in this

One of my students asked me recently, "What's a vice?" and I explained to him that a vice is something that is morally wrong, addictive, or corrupt that has a hold on you that you can't stop doing it, taking it, or drinking it. He then asked me, "Do you have a vice?" and I hesitated only a split second before replying, "Yes." He asked."What is it?" and I said, "Cussing." Yes folks I do love to cuss. I restrain myself, bite my tongue, sit on my words, twist my fingers, all to control the words that are not pleasing, not genteel and unladylike from coming out of my mouth. This is a vice I struggle to keep under control.

My other vice is coffee. I love it in all shapes and forms; I love to drink it in the morning when I first wake up and after the kids have gone to bed in the evening. Because I just adore it, I have to drink decaf as the amount of coffee I would like to drink in a day would probably wire me and not allow me to sleep. I also have to make it at home (although I do really love a coffeehouse coffee) because my habit would run me about $7.50 a day; add that up and it's $232 in a month. I have a thermal carafe pot and I'll prepare a large pot in the morning and I usually get a morning cup, a cup for someone who is visiting, and my evening dessert cup. But there are times when I don't find enough time to finish the carafe and I'm stuck with some coffee at the end of the day. I often just put it in a cup and refrigerate it so it's an "iced" coffee later, or my recent trend is simply taking the leftover coffee, pouring it into ice cube trays and freezing it for later use.

Today I took out some of the ice cubes, added some of a packet of Equal and poured low fat milk over the cubes and let it sit for a bit. Very quickly the coffee ice cubes melted, coloring the milk slowly and delicately with a caramel brown hue. The flavor? Ice cold coffee and milk - can't be beat. It was like drinking dessert.

I'm not going to write a recipe for this one; I will just simply to tell you, don't waste the coffee that is in your pot. Try not to use coffee that has been sitting in there all day on that low heat (that would taste horrible) but if you finish your morning cup and you have a bit leftover, turn it into ice cubes and some time soon, you too can have a delicious cold coffee treat. I find that if I indulge in my coffee vice, I have less desire to succumb to my other one. (the mouth is full and satisfied.)

20 comments:

sillie smile said...

i love love love coffee. if i could inject it in me, WHILE i drink it, i would.

my husband thinks i've been drinking decaf the last 7 months...hahahaha! (70% of the time it is, when he orders it)

gonna have to try this! :)

Lawrence said...

this actually sounds really good to me. if i can get my lazy self to pour the coffee into ice trays, maybe i can enjoy it one of these days :-) oh, and yes, it's me, halim using ll's account.

sliceofsueshe said...

love this idea! i'm going to have to make a little extra coffee in the morning, just to try it out. ;-)

Wok Through the Fire said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to try this.

Gabriela Matilde Avellaneda said...

TR was right, great idea! I love it!

hudson umma said...

such an awesome idea. i only have instant coffee at home which i think will be even more DELICH!

Amanda said...

Yeah I agree - great idea!

Emily and Her Family said...

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Name: ESTHER (friend of Halim & Lawrence)

1. What do you intend to cook next from this blog?
* bibimkooksoo

2. For whom do you intend to cook it for?
* my hubby & the white kimchi version for my dear daughter Emily

COMMENT: I absolutely LOVE your blog. I haven't cooked as much as I have since your blogsite! Your directions are amazingly simple and delicious! And even my mom and dad enjoyed the meals that I cooked from following your website!
Hmmm-- what have I NOT tried from your site! Tonite I served the coffee ice tray and it was fantastic! It was like a dessert slushie w/ caffeine! Love it!
Keep sharing more great menus as I am enjoying almost everything on your site!

~Esther in IRvine

ABowlOfMush said...

I make these all the time for iced coffee its such a fabulous idea!

Cookie said...

What a great idea! I'm the only person that drinks coffee in our house so I always end up with a bit left in the pot. I'll definitely have to give this a try since I absolutely LOVE iced coffee in the summer!

Anonymous said...

That's definitely a unique idea; glad you posted it! I have to try this (with overbrewed tea too); thanks!

Dahan Chung said...

oh wow, good idea! i should try that when i make coffee :D

Anonymous said...

Making coffee right now just to try it! Thanks.

The Mama said...

What a fantastic idea! With four boys, I am an absolute coffee addict and this is right up my alley!

Me, the hubby, plus 3 said...

this is a great idea! i LOVE iced coffee. but i feel guilty spending money going out and buying some. we always have left over coffee in the morning. i'm going to go invest in some ice cube trays and start freezing our coffee! LOVE it!

Marisa said...

This is an excellent idea! We normally have leftover coffee since I'm not that fond of the super strong stuff hubby makes. Will def use this.

Sassy Girl said...

I need to buy an ice cube tray now! Awesome idea!! It would make nice cool coffee especially in the summer.

bella said...

what a great idea! i LOVE coffee...not for the caffeine but for the YUMMY taste! i'll have to try the coffee ice cubes next time :)!

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Trish Gehl said...

I just made the cubes.... having some in my soy milk tomorrow at work.....

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