Frugal Fridays -- DIY Cold Brew Coffee
Cold Brew Coffee is my new addiction. I hate to even admit I was buying the pricey tetra boxes of it at the local grocery store. The costs were upwards to $9 a carton.
I love cold brewed coffee because the process takes the bitterness out of the end product.
Then, I discovered how simple it is to make at home.
What you need:
4 quart sized mason jars with lids
1 cup coarse coffee grounds of your choice (unused)
2 quarts of water
coffee filters (see photo)
a heaping helping of patience
Place 1/2 cup of the coffee grounds in the bottom of 2 separate quart mason jars.
Add 1 quart of water to each of the two jars, reaching up to 1/2 inch from the rim.
Be sure to stir the coffee and water, to dampen the grounds.
Place the lid on the jars and allow to sit for 12-15 hours. I do this in the evening so that I can do the finishing steps the next morning.
After the jars have sat for the required time, place a coffee filter in the top of each of two remaining jars. I secure mine with an elastic band to make for easier straining. See photo below.
Strain 1/2 of each jar into the filtered one. Change the filters half way through, making sure that you don't get any of the grounds in the new jar.
I only needed to do mine once, but if you used a finer ground than coarse, you may have to strain the grounds more than once.
Cover with a lid and refrigerate.
Serve over ice, with a flavored creamer, and you won't need to add any sugar. As good, if not better, than those store bought cartons, and much, much less expensive!