The method I'm using, is a way to recycle the coffee grounds from your cold or hot brew coffee. With cold brew the acids, oils and antioxidants remain in the grounds, so they are perfect for recycling and using in your body products, or you can even use them in your baked goods if you want a rich coffee flavor. Just use the infused coffee oil as part of the oil called for in your recipe. How about a Pumpkin Spice Latte Pumpkin Bread as incentive? (Hmm, I may have to think about creating a recipe for that).
You can use the infused coffee oil in place of other carrier oils in your favorite do it yourself lip balms, lotions and body butters, to take advantage of the antioxidants for healthier, glowing skin.
The ratio you use depends on how strong you want your finished product. a 1:2 ratio or 1:4 ratio. Or what suits your fragrance and flavor gauge.
What you Need:
Cold or Hot Brew Coffee (used) Grounds
Grapeseed Oil (or your preferred oil, Sunflower, Coconut, Almond, Olive or Vegetable)
Mason Jar with lid and ring (or any recycled jar with light fitting lid), Clean and sterilized
Fine Mesh Sieve
Cheese Cloth, Coffee Filter or Muslin
Slow Cooker or Sauce pan
Pour the dry coffee grounds into the jar. Top off with the oil to within 1/2 inch of the jar rim. Stir the contents to assure that all the coffee grounds are saturated with the oil. Place the jar in the slow cooker with water up to half to 3/4 of the way up the outside of the jar. Set the slow cooker to warm or low. Allow the coffee grounds to steep in the oil at least 2 hours. DO NOT BOIL.
Turn off the slow cooker and allow the infused coffee to steep until thoroughly cool. Overnight is fine. Strain the oil through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheese cloth or coffee filter. With a wooden spoon, press against the coffee grounds to extract as much of the oil as possible. Do not force coffee grounds through the sieve, or you will have sediment in the oil. You can strain again if there is much settling of grounds in your oil. Cap the jar firmly and refrigerate until ready to use.
NOTE: For best results the coffee grounds should be dry. I just lay them out on a paper towel a few hours until they are dry. I use grapeseed oil because it has no specific flavor or fragrance of its own. Caution: lay the towel out on a water proof surface to prevent water damage or coffee staining. When I make my cold brew I use anywhere from 1/3 C. Coffee to 1 Quart water to a full cup of coffee to a quart of water, depending on what I'm using the coffee for. A 1:1 ratio is a concentrate that can be used to make diluted coffee drinks, coffee ice cubes, or simply because you like strong coffee. The concentrate works well for this particular oil infusion, but again, your ratio depends on what your preference is.
To Use: Use in place of carrier oils in home made beauty products. Use as body oil or even bath oil or candles and aromatherapy if desired. Use in place of all or part of the oil called for in baking or cooking recipes. Use as part of meat marinade or oil to cook the meat. Use for basting poultry and other meats when smoking or roasting.
Variation: You can add a vanilla bean as you're infusing the oil, or use flavored cold brew grounds.
Refer to the link to make Cold Brew: justfowlingaround.weebly.com/recipes-for-self-reliance/how-to-make-your-own-home-cold-brew
Refer to the link to make Flavored Cold Brew:
Refer to the link to make Cold Brew facial, body scrub or mask:
Refer to the link to make Coffee infused liquor:
Refer to the link for more information about the benefits of Coffee:
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