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Unique ideas for what to do with your leftover coffee in the pot

Don't want to waste your leftover coffee? Food Coach Lori Corbin shows us creative ways to use what's left in the pot.

March 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Many look forward to a cup or two of coffee in the morning, but what do you do with the leftover coffee in the pot?

Those dregs of coffee can add loads of flavor to many of your favorite foods. It's something we don't think about, but should.

For starters, freeze the leftovers in ice cube trays for frozen coffee drinks. As the ice melts you won't have that watered down effect.

Another sweet idea is to substitute coffee for the water used in brownie or cake mix to add a bit of mocha flavor to the dessert. Or top your favorite coffee ice cream with a little for the look and the feel of a sundae with a few slivered almonds.

Coffee also works well in a barbecue sauce as it imparts a deeper, richer flavor than wine.

It will also works well in perking up a can of baked beans as a side dish, what was sweet and creamy now offers a kicky bold taste.

Put a little in your morning oatmeal, you might like the mixed flavor of smooth creamy oatmeal and the sweetness of brown sugar with the kick of the coffee.

It also works pretty well in a smoothie.

Meat marinade might be another coffee use as acids like lemon, tomato and vinegar are often tart choices, but the acid in coffee can also do the trick. It's perfect for tougher cuts of meat or as a way to perk up some poultry.

When you think about just how expensive a can or bag is getting (around $9 to $13 a pound), it certainly is worth utilizing every last drop.