Saturday, October 01, 2011

Perfect Iced Coffee-thanks Pioneer Woman

I'm not a big coffee drinker but I do like a cappuccino every now and then and I love a good frappe.  Everyone had been telling me I need to become a coffee drinker because it makes the homeschool mornings much easier but I just haven't been able to do it until I found the Pioneer Woman's perfect iced coffee.  I'm not even exaggerating when I say it's to die for delicious.  I'm so addicted to it now that I have to have a huge tumbler full of it almost every morning for breakfast.  Once you try it you won't look back.

Ree recommends that you use Cafe Bustelo coffee but I was trying to use up a can of coffee that my Grandma had left here when she stayed with us (I didn't want to waste it).

Ree uses these HUGE containers that will hold 12 qts but I just used a pitcher I had on hand and figured out the amount of coffee I would need compared to her large amount.  So you just add your coffee (however much you want I used about 1/3 of the can) and add cold water, cover, stir and let it sit overnight.  In the morning when you wake up run into the kitchen and stir again and take a deep sniff of that fragrant smell...it smells really good.  Now, you have to strain it.

Ree uses layers of cheesecloth inside a strainer but I used coffee filters inside my strainer and it worked out great.

It actually looks kinda gross right now and takes awhile to strain it all through the filters but in the end you have this wonderful smooth, rich concentrate.  I then fill my tumbler up with ice and add a little more then 1/2 of my cup of coffee, next comes skim milk, whole milk, or sometimes half and half.  I then drizzle vanilla (homemade vanilla), some sweetener of your choice and stir it all up!


Vietnamese Iced Coffee is good too!  All you have to do is add some sweetened condensed milk instead of sweetener but I still add some milk to it, stir and enjoy.  I only use this variation every so often because it's pretty sweet but OHHHHHH so good.
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