Scrappy Saturday: Coffee Grounds

August 25, 2018
Categories: Eat

Welcome back to another edition of Scrappy Saturday - the monthly series where we share ideas on how to use up your kitchen scraps and save waste when you’re cooking.

This month, it’s all about coffee grounds. They’re not just for the kitchen - these scraps can be used in a myriad of different ways and are so incredibly versatile. In this post, we’ll show you how to use coffee grounds in the kitchen, in the garden, and around the house!


HOW TO USE LEFTOVER COFFEE GROUNDS

USING COFFEE GROUNDS IN THE KITCHEN:

Coffee grounds can add some depth and flavor to lots of different recipes. Here are a few ideas to get your creativity flowing:

  • Use coffee as a spice rub on meat to tenderize it and add flavor.

  • Make these no-bake energy bites.

  • Coffee ground biscotti is a great breakfast option.

  • Coffee grounds enhance the flavor of chocolate recipes - add a tablespoon or two to your next chocolate cake for a richer and more complex flavor!

  • Try some homemade compost cookies for dessert at your next gathering.

  • This red-eye gravy pairs well with biscuits, grits, or just about any meat you can think of.

USING COFFEE GROUNDS IN THE GARDEN:

There are tons of different reasons to use coffee grounds in your garden - click here for a quick rundown of a few of the reasons you may want to consider adding your leftover coffee to your garden or compost bin. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Add to the soil around your hydrangeas to reduce the pH level of the soil and give you bright blue blooms!

  • Toss your used grounds in your compost pile for a richer and nutrient-filled finished product.

  • Use your old coffee grounds to attract worms. Worms are big coffee fans, so if you work a bit into your soil, you’ll end up with plenty of these garden friends.

  • If you’re planting carrots and radishes, mix some coffee grounds with the seeds before you plant them to double your harvest!

  • Not only do coffee grounds attract worms, they can help repel slugs from your garden.

USING COFFEE GROUNDS AROUND THE HOUSE:

  • Make these DIY garbage disposal cleaning tablets.

  • Use coffee grounds with dish soap to get stubborn grease spots out of a stainless steel pan.

  • Pair with boiling water and a bit of dish soap to help unclog a drain.

  • Place a bowl of coffee grounds in your refrigerator to help absorb any funky odors.

  • Use coffee grounds and a Q-tip to help get rid of those pesky scratches on your wood furniture.

  • Mix with your dog’s shampoo to act as a natural flea repellant.

Looking for more Scrappy Saturday ideas?

What are your favorite ways to use coffee grounds around your home?

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