Make a ‘freshly brewed’ steak marinade
You will need:
- 170g (6oz) coffee grounds
- 100ml (3½floz) balsamic vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves
- ½ large shallot
- Pinch of salt
- Generous pinch black pepper
- 3½ tbsp water
Forget all of the sauces you know! Coffee grounds make a tasty marinade for steaks. Simply combine all of the above ingredients, coat the steak with the marinade, cover and refrigerate for up to four hours. Barbecue over a hot flame until cooked to your liking.
Coffee dry meat rub flavour fix
You will need:
- 50g (2oz) coffee grounds
- 350g (12½) caster sugar
- 125g (4½oz) smoked hot paprika
- 125g (4½oz) fine sea salt
- 50g (2oz) cracked black peppercorns
- 25g (1oz) ground ginger
- 50g (2oz) garlic powder
- 25g (1oz) ground cumin
- 25g (1oz) cayenne pepper
- Pinch of chilli flakes
Used coffee grounds double up as a great dry meat rub. Mix all of the ingredients together, rub the mixture into meat for a delicious, smokey barbecue flavour. This dry rub is very versatile and can also be used on vegetable skewers. It also keeps for up to three months when stored in an airtight container.
Freshen up your hands
Handling all those herbs, spices and chunks of meat can leave a rather pungent smell on the chef’s hands. Mix coffee grounds with a dash of olive oil to wash hands leaving them feeling fresh, clean and silky soft.
Clean your grill with ease
Hate the hours spent scrubbing down the barbecue or grill? A quick trick to make this job a breeze is to use dried coffee grounds on a cloth. The grainy texture creates a scourer that easily buffs away built-up grease and dirt.
Coffee grounds can be picked up for free in Costa Coffee branches nationwide simply by asking the baristas in store.
These tips are courtesy of Costa Coffee.
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