Cooking Tips and Questions - Homemade iced coffee??




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mimsyborogoves
06-21-2013, 11:24 AM
One of my favorite parts of summer is iced coffee! However, it seems the only way you can get it aside from making it yourself is at a coffee shop like Starbucks or fast food places, and while that's not necessarily unhealthy depending on what you order, it can get expensive! So, naturally, I want to try making it myself to save $$. Have any of you ever tried this? How did it turn out and what have you found is the best/easiest/quickest way to make it? Do they make iced coffee makers? Tell me your iced coffee secrets!


thnknthin1
06-21-2013, 11:37 AM
Yes! And the best way I have personally found to make it is the cold brewed method. It tastes less bitter that way than hot brewing and pouring over ice.

I simply place about 1 cup of coffee grounds into a container with 4 cups of water and let it sit overnight on the counter. The next morning I drain it all thru a coffee filter (I use the one that came with my coffee maker) and then place it in the fridge.

To make my drink I fill a glass full of ice, fill half way with the concentrated coffee, top it off with one part half n half and one part coffeemate sugar free french vanilla creamer!

Yum!

Psychic
06-21-2013, 02:35 PM
I've made it with those instant coffees. They're usually good for 6-8 oz. of water. Just boil a little water (1 or 2 oz), stir the coffee in, then add cold water. I usually put some almond milk and splenda or sugar in with mine. You can also use sugarfree syrups for a low calorie drink. Pour over ice once you mix everything else together, or you can use a drink shaker.


joefla70
06-21-2013, 03:42 PM
I use a Keurig and just make a regular cup of coffee and then pour it in a big tumbler full of ice. I drink it pretty fast before all the ice melts, so it doesn't really get that watered down. Plus, I buy the extra bold coffee.

Hyacinth
06-21-2013, 03:47 PM
I take coffee I made hot, and if I don't drink it all I pour it in a cup and put it in the fridge. The next afternoon, if I want a cold drink I have it with some milk or cream added in. Actually, I sometimes add it to smoothies with yogurt, peanut butter, banana, etc. too.

Mara
06-21-2013, 05:29 PM
I have used the method on the link below. I love her posts. Delicious and easy!

http://www.theyummylife.com/Iced_Coffee

mscici
06-21-2013, 08:39 PM
One of my favorite parts of summer is iced coffee! However, it seems the only way you can get it aside from making it yourself is at a coffee shop like Starbucks or fast food places, and while that's not necessarily unhealthy depending on what you order, it can get expensive! So, naturally, I want to try making it myself to save $$. Have any of you ever tried this? How did it turn out and what have you found is the best/easiest/quickest way to make it? Do they make iced coffee makers? Tell me your iced coffee secrets!

Hi, :)
I add brown sugar to the ground coffee and water mix before putting in the refrigerator to “brew”. It’s delicious! (and no annoying sugar crystals :) I make this in a 1 qt jar, so it’s 3/4 cup course ground coffee, 1/4 – 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1 quart of water. Thanks for sharing how long it will last. Not knowing how long it would store is why I make small batches.

Changergirl
06-21-2013, 09:05 PM
I just brew coffee normally then put it in the fridge or freezer depending on how soon I want it. Throw in a couple ice cubes and voila, cheap and easy iced coffee. I like having flavoured syrups with my iced coffee.

Coldsoup
06-21-2013, 09:38 PM
I just brew a big pot of strong coffee, drink what I want hot, and put the rest in the fridge for the next day. Pour it over some ice with a bit of milk and a dash of splenda. Yum! Not exactly quick, but tasty.

BerkshireGrl
06-22-2013, 02:41 AM
Another cold-brewed fan here! It's strong but mellow, much of a sweeter taste without any sugar! :)

crispin
06-22-2013, 12:09 PM
I've worked in a coffee shop for 100,000 years and experimented there to find my favorite way. I use a french press and brew it extra strong (almost double the grounds). Then I chill it with some ice in a pitcher. I don't like sugar in my coffee, so I just add milk by the glass and sometimes flavor extracts. I only make enough to use within 24 hours, preferably only 8.

I wanna try out the cold brew method.

veggiedawg
06-22-2013, 05:25 PM
I take coffee I made hot, and if I don't drink it all I pour it in a cup and put it in the fridge. The next afternoon, if I want a cold drink I have it with some milk or cream added in. Actually, I sometimes add it to smoothies with yogurt, peanut butter, banana, etc. too.

How is it--coffee and yogurt or coffee and banana? 'Good and adds sweetness' or 'truly an acquired taste'?!

I like the idea of not using sugar....but....

mimsyborogoves
06-22-2013, 07:22 PM
I have used the method on the link below. I love her posts. Delicious and easy!

http://www.theyummylife.com/Iced_Coffee

I'm trying this method today. I'll let y'all know how it turns out! I just used Maxwell House dark roast that we already had by the coffee maker, lol. But I'm thinking I might use a better coffee next time. I'm really loving Starbuck's 3 Region blend, and I might pick some up next time I'm in the store after I move. Apparently that's only a seasonal brew though, and that makes me sad!

Hyacinth
06-22-2013, 07:35 PM
Veggiedawg, I'm going to say it's an acquired taste and to try at your own risk. If I find it not sweet enough, I throw some shredded coconut in it, or more banana. Or sweetener of your choice.

mimsyborogoves
06-23-2013, 12:12 AM
Success has been had! I just enjoyed a nice cup of iced coffee concocted with unsweetened almond milk, sugar free maple and chocolate syrup, and a Mini ID hazelnut creamer thingy. It was dericious and under 100 calories! Yay!

Riddy
06-23-2013, 12:54 AM
I always just chilled strong brewed coffee, but the cold brew has me intrigued. I've got a mason jar full sitting on the counter now - will let you all know what I think tomorrow. :D

amandie
06-24-2013, 01:58 AM
Holy cow. This thread is awesome! Thanks for starting this thread, Lauren!

Mara
06-24-2013, 11:34 AM
Success has been had! I just enjoyed a nice cup of iced coffee concocted with unsweetened almond milk, sugar free maple and chocolate syrup, and a Mini ID hazelnut creamer thingy. It was dericious and under 100 calories! Yay!

Yay! Glad you liked it. :)

Riddy
06-24-2013, 11:28 PM
So good! Now I need to order the big filter - straining it was a little messy and annoying.

Finally a way to use up my backlog of flavored Gevalia coffee! :D

Hyacinth
06-24-2013, 11:51 PM
Ooh, good call, Riddy ... using up the backlog of flavored coffee. This thread has renewed my taste for iced coffee, too!

mimsyborogoves
06-25-2013, 12:52 AM
Straining it was annoying; it took too long! I would've just used the filter thing from the coffee pot but my mom already had her coffee set to brew for the morning so I couldn't use it. I didn't make enough though; my coffee is gone now. :( I find it easier to drink coffee in the morning when it's cold as opposed to hot -- I thought that was interesting.

Kitcherella
06-25-2013, 04:18 AM
Have a look at this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFKtVKJMgLs
and if you want to laugh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eTrx4cIU50

tommy
06-25-2013, 10:11 PM
I love iced coffee in the summer and generally brew some extra strong coffee and store in fridge adding crushed ice (I have an old Ice-O-Mat crank thing) and a touch of splenda, fat free 1/2 & 1/2 and a shake of pumpkin pie spice. In Europe I have heard that using instant coffee (plain old Nescafe type) shaken with ice and milk is common. I do that on occasion with cheapo coffee from 99 cent store. Boat-load of savings versus S-Bucks and taste is more than acceptable.

amandie
06-26-2013, 10:05 PM
Whoa!! I did the cold brew method and it was delicious with ice, some milk and SF vanilla syrup.

I definitely agree that straining was a bit of a pain but well worth it since I have enough to last me a week. Thanks again for this thread!

Mommy2k9
06-26-2013, 10:14 PM
ok, now I'm dieing for some cold coffee!! Everyone's ideas sound so good. I might have to try them all. LOL...

amandie
07-23-2013, 05:04 PM
Bumping!

Okay, cheesecloth and a 6 inch mesh strainer has made my iced coffee-making a ton easier and FASTER! Seriously, I was done in less than a minute with straining for 1.5 cups of coffee grounds with 6 cups of water.

New favorite- Glass full of ice, fill it about 1/2 glass with coffee concentrate, add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of chocolate almond milk (depending on how chocolaty/coffee-y you want it to taste with some muddled up raspberries. Reminds me of the iced mocha frappuccino with some raspberry syrup from SBucks! The only thing missing was my usual whipped cream. :)

mandydawn77
07-23-2013, 05:24 PM
A girl here at work buys the Almond Breeze brand iced coffee and it's 100 calories for 8 ounces. She gets the vanilla flavor and said there is also mocha. She says it's really good.

Matisse
07-23-2013, 05:55 PM
I have an espresso machine and I pour a double espresso over ice. If you like your coffee without milk, you can add a lemon zest.

Otherwise, just add milk to your taste. (Low calorie version since without sugar. I sometimes add a small amount of maple sugar.)if you do not have an espresso machine, you can order this coffee at any coffee shop and it's going to be much more healthier than their prepared mix like a frappucino or their so called iced coffee.

Enjoy!

Hyacinth
08-03-2013, 11:01 AM
Speaking of iced coffee, look at this:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/541723_375385355921288_1052631851_n.jpg

Liliann
08-03-2013, 11:31 AM
I am a huge fan of iced coffee..In the Fall,Spring and Summer, I get instant coffee whenever my 2 supermarkets has them on sale.. Always drink 4-5 ,,16 oz,,in the morning!! w sweetner and milk..and maybe sometimes hazelnut coffeemate...Yum!!

Enjoy!