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Today was nothing short of glorious. I worked a 3/4 day, went to the dentist, took a short hike with my dog in 70° sun. Then proceeded to break out the motorcycle, take a 20 mile ride to Harry’s Place for a most excellent cheeseburger, and come home before it got too cold, because it’s still April after all. And we got home not a moment too soon, because my hands went numb by the end of the ride. The only possible cure was a finger of whiskey, which is conveniently seated a foot to my right. An excellent day indeed.

And I’ve been quite lucky, because 2015 has been full of some pretty excellent days. Lately, its been surprise after surprise of new growth from bulbs and trees planted long before we got here. Yesterday, we found out we are the owners of a thundercloud plum tree (which apparently bears 1″ edible fruits that are a cross between a cherry and a plum and I AM SO STINKING EXCITED TO PUT THEM IN JARS). And I may be going out on a limb here, but I think we were pretty lucky to have the winter we had. As some of you might have noticed, February 2015 arrived on the scene bringing just a little bit of snow. Just a bit. Even though it was a helluva winter, in hindsight I can say the forced downtime wasn’t always a bad thing. It was certainly a good test of our resourcefulness, not to mention our roof rake. Plus, as ye olde enormous snowpack began to melt, cabin fever made me jump outside to begin the first project of the year: sugaring.

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There are a lot of great resources out there for how to get started sugaring. That said – there are a few things I plan on tweaking next year.

  1. Equipment: You really don’t need fancy stuff. I got this kit as a Christmas present and combined it with a few months worth of saved milk jugs and orange juice bottles, which worked wonderfully. I love the galvanized pails and hooks, but at $35 each, it was just not practical. Plus, by using collection/storage containers with lids, I could walk over to one tree, remove the bottle, add a new container, throw it in my backpack and walk to the next tree. Closed containers were an added bonus for storage in the fridge for a few days in between boiling sessions.
  2. Tap Height: I tapped my trees at whatever height, but made sure they were facing south. Well, genius, when the snow melts, if you are using DIY containers (like me), you need to tap such that your lines will still reach the bottles when they are resting on the ground, too. Obviously this is more of an issue in years like 2015 with enormous snowpack. Something to keep in mind.
  3. Containers: I used half gallon containers. Next year I might consider gallon sized ones, as some of my trees produced at least a half gallon per day at the height of the season. Most of the time I could empty them every day, but on the off chance I couldn’t it, would be a waste.
  4. Type of Tree: Next year, I plan on segregating and storing my sap by type of maple. This year, I mixed all my different sources in each batch, which made for some interesting woody flavors in my syrup. Not bad, just… interesting. I also should identify which kind of maple trees they are next year, as some of them are definitely not sugar maple. One looks suspiciously like a Norway maple. Oops. I plan to tap our hickory and black walnut trees next year too.
  5. Sap Storage: I am going to need another fridge next year, and will plug it in exclusively for sap storage. Unless I can find some way to store it outside when the temp is still below freezing. There is no way I have enough room to store sap AND food in one fridge without boiling at least every other night. Which is a process I don’t plan to repeat. On the bright side, boiling almost every night, then sticking the pot outside in the snowbank to cool was really effective.
  6. Boil Outside: You know how most sugarers boil in large metal pans outside? Yeah, there’s a reason for that. At least it will be easy to take down the wallpaper in our kitchen now?
  7. Removal: Oh yeah, when it’s all done… no one tells you this key piece of advice: take out your taps with pry end of a hammer.

pint jarsAll said and done, it was fun to get eight pints of syrup for not a ton of work. Our stove really deserves most of the credit. I admittedly burned a few batches too, which I hope to not repeat. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve picked up a new habit. And for an even newer habit: the first package of bees gets delivered in a few weeks. Here’s to 2015 continuing on the glorious end of the spectrum.

Swiss Chard Pot Pie

Anyone still hungover from the holidays? I don’t mean in the traditional sense, but in the too much of EVERYTHING sense: food, drink, sugar… over-stimulation all over the place. It’s been a wonderful, joyous holiday season, but I’m feeling lethargic and tired and need to reign things in a little. Ok, a lot. I suspect, with you lot, that I am not alone.

The problem is, it being winter and all – I still crave something warm and delicious and satisfying. Luckily, this recipe splits the best of both worlds. It comes together super quickly if you have crust ready to go in the freezer, and it not there are plenty of recipes for you to choose from. It can operate as a clean-out-the-fridge-and-pantry recipe too: half a chicken breast, sauteed veggies – just throw in the already cooked stuff towards the end.

Swiss Chard Pot Pie | Snowflake Kitchen

Swiss Chard Pot Pie
1 pie crust – rolled out approximately 1/8″ thick
1 bunch swiss chard (approximately 8 mature leaves), chopped
2 red potatoes, cut in 1/2″ chunks
3 carrots, cut into 1/2″ chunks
1 cup corn frozen
1 cup peas, frozen
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup milk or cream
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 pint chicken stock
1 egg, beaten
coarse salt

Swiss Chard Pot Pie | Snowflake Kitchen

Add olive oil to a dutch oven and saute onion and garlic over medium heat. Add potatoes, carrots, peas and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer, until potatoes and carrots are fork tender. Add peas, carrots, and swiss chard. One to two minutes later, add the flour. Much of the chicken stock should be reduced, but if not, add more flour until the veg is well-coated. Add in the milk/cream. Spoon the filling into oven-safe ramekins. Coat the rim of each ramekin with the egg wash, and top with a piece of rolled out dough. Cut each piece so that there is a bit of overlap for the ramekin. Top the dough with more egg wash and some coarse salt, and bake until golden brown.

While not technically all the way in the “lighter” fare, this pot pie recipe can help you on your way to a happy and healthy new year. Here’s to all 2014 has to offer!

Belated Bread & Butter

My grandfather passed away almost a month ago. It’s been a rough go… driving back and forth to Massachusetts almost every weekend. But, that’s what you do for family, right? You drop everything, and you don’t ask how or when or why – you just go. Family works together through the laughter and the tears – and with my family in particular they come in equal measure.

We’re in that awkward time afterward, where life settles back in. You still ache, you still are reminded all the time, but the world goes on. Quiet reflective weekends help with the healing, and the funky spring weather has been a good excuse to make a cup of tea and stare out the window at the rain. Or, in my case, I’ve taken to kneading. I missed the deadline for Grow It Cook It Can It’s February Challenge. But that wasn’t for lack of bread – there have been plenty of carbs around here. An impromptu white cheddar scallion loaf had great texture thanks to a mix of white and whole wheat flours. Some delicious bourbon cinnamon rolls took about 2 hours to make and lasted all of half an hour this morning. Can’t forget the roasted garlic naan and grilled pizza as the weather warms. I’m particularly proud of learning to braid dough – even though, ahem, its really not that hard. The best part about messing around with dough? It’s not scary anymore.

March’s butter challenge wove in nicely. There are a million ways to make butter – from shaking to churning to hand-mixing to my preferred lazy method in the stand mixer. Any way you agitate your cream, 20ish minutes and you go from lovely whipped cream to a funky ricotta-like mixture.

And then of course, just as you walk away to check something on the computer, you hear the mixer start to splash. Its that magic moment where it finally separates into butter fat and milk. Just dont walk away. Ahem.

A quick knead in some cold water plus a pinch of flaked salt for a nice crunch, and you’ve got something really special. Worth the extra time on occasion – probably not particularly cost-effective for day to day usage – but worth every penny in kitchen therapy.

Whatever-cello – another fruit+booze story

I made too much limoncello last year. Yes – really – REALLY – it is possible. I used my entire Lemon Ladies large flat rate box’s worth to make limoncello. After I made lemon curd, kiwi meyer lemon jam, preserved lemons, an incredible lemon tart, raspberry meyer lemon preserves, and more… they all went into TWO half gallon jars of vodka. So yes – a gallon of limoncello. After lots of adult lemonade by the pool and then lots of gifts at the holidays – I am just finishing up the last of it. And while it’s crazy good – I am so over limoncello.

This year, I am one upping my -cello. I may not live in California where rare citrus is all over the place like Shae or be close enough to Eataly like Autumn to grab some bergamots on my way home from work – but I am close enough to a Food Co-op that is well stocked in organic citrus. There are no rangpurs or mandarinquats, but there are limes, cara cara oranges, grapefruits and kumquats. Perfect to grab a couple, make some citrus tom collinses and have the rind leftover.

Part of the reason that meyer limoncello is so great is the lazy factor. You can use the whole rind without stripping the zest, i.e. – just toss it into the booze. The bitter pith is so thin on meyers that meyer-cello is next to no work. Meyers + alcohol + simple syrup + time. Kumquats are thin enough to just slice. With other citrus though, you really have to strip the zest and discard the pith. You can use a microplane, but then you would have to strain your -cello. I found my vegetable peeler made quick work of the other citrus, but – oh man – it was a whole other step from last year.

I’m going to let this batch sit for a week or so – shaking when I remember to – and I’ll probably leave out the simple syrup. I can always add it in later. Plus, that way – I can infuse the simple syrup. I’ve been scheming up a citrus-infused cocktail with black pepper and bay simple syrup. We’ll see what this summer brings, when I am screaming for an icy cocktail instead of shivering under my lap blanket on the couch. But remember – its not blood-orange-lime-kumquat-grapefruit-meyer-cello, its whatever-cello. And its delicious. And you should make it right now to enjoy later this year.

Whatever-cello
Method: Add citrus rind to your favorite glass vessel and cover with alcohol. You can use grain alcohol, but I prefer a lesser bite and use vodka. Plus – I’m a sucker for any alcohol with a snowflake on the label. Ahem. Add more as the citrus to the vessel season progresses. Keep everything covered – infuse for up to a month – but the first stage should be good after a week or so. At that point, add an equal part simple syrup to double the volume. Its easiest if you start with two jars of the same size – divide the batch in half when you add the syrup. Infuse another week to finish. Remove the zest and store in the freezer for up to a year.

If vodka isn’t your thing, and you are more tequila-inclined, check out Kaela’s Meyeritas. Or a citrus shrub. Or if citrus isn’t your fav, you can always try a pineapple infusion. If all else fails, make bitters!

Lessons in produzione la pasta fresca

Italian is not my forte, as you might have guessed. Spanish, Basic French, Reading-level Russian – sure. Even some Latin. It seems, though with Italian – I just can’t get the pronunciation down. It seems there are a ton of different ways to pronounce words in Italian. Kind of like how there are exactly a bajillion pasta recipes out there. White/wheat/semolina flour, eggs, egg whites, water, milk… there are a million variations on the bajillion recipes. Approximately.

I had avoided making pasta for a while. I have no Italian heritage whatsoever – as much as I long for an Italian grandmother to break out her ancient family pasta recipe and for for us to spend a weekend making it… not going to happen. Boxed pasta will always be a cheap substitute for the real thing. But as boxed pasta is cheap – so is flour, so what did I have to lose? After an Italian grandmother-taught CRFM Homesteading class and an Atlas machine gifted for Christmas, there were no excuses standing in the way.

There is no secret SK-approved pasta recipe here, folks. In the spirit of Grow It, Cook It, Can It’s January Resolution – go try it out and report back with what works for you. I do have a few suggestions, though.

1. 100% semolina pasta is a) unkneadable and b) likely inedible. You really should look at a recipe before wasting a ton of flour. Ahem.

2. Fresh eggs – no exceptions. Friends with fresher than fresh eggs – even better. Let them come to room temp before using. With local-ish flour and local eggs – you’ve pretty much got yourself a Dark Days meal ready to go. As far as ratios – Sean of Punk Domestics suggested 1 whole egg per 100g flour. Peter at A Cook Blog uses only yolks. I found a happy medium in Smitten Kitchen’s 6 egg yolks to 1 whole egg ratio. Save the whites for meringue.

3. Why is it that no pasta recipes suggest how long to knead? I mean, you really can’t knead too much. If you’re tired, of course use the dough hook on your stand mixer. I found the kneading took about 10 minutes of work – it really does change texture and elasticity once ready. Pay attention and you can’t miss it.

4. Folding the sheet of pasta over on itself as you roll it through the machine is super important – it makes the sheet edges neater and helps make the sheet overall more even. Also helpful for fixing your own screwups.

5. When making ravioli, don’t overfill. Don’t underfill either – err on the side of slightly too little.

6. Again, for ravioli – I didn’t find I needed an eggwash to seal the pasta together. Just make sure when you boil the ravs the water is at a simmer and keep an eye on it, and it should be fine.

7. A ravioli mold is the greatest thing ever. You’ll never go back to a stamp.

8. Make sure your ravioli filling is dry ish- if you use frozen roasted tomatoes and basil there will be a lot of extra water, that makes your pasta wet. Its delicious, but hard to eat.

All in all, homemade pasta is fairly easy once you get the hang of it – this is something I could totally see myself whipping up for dinner with a glass of wine – homemade cacio e pepe here I come.

Twenty Twelve

I’ve been searching to find a word to describe 2011. It was a strange year. It was a difficult year. Mentally, its been  “Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out, 2011″ but I don’t know if its something I can admit to publicly. Even though I sort of just did. Still – there were good things. Great things. Most of them revolved around the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market. Kate Payne came to visit and I got to meet Kaela in person. I grew beans, chard, and onions for the first time, and though the garden met an early end (thanks Irene!) it was still fairly productive all things considered. We CSAed. There was (no-knead) bread – from naan pan fried on the stove to a boule baked in a dutch oven. I tried out the whole small business jam thing for the first time. And, lest I forget, I have a roof over my head and can pay all of my bills. At the moment.

Yet, 2011 was rough. Three vastly different jobs and loads of financial-induced stress, two natural disasters and we can’t forget about flying squirrels invading our roof. My dad had a pretty serious heart attack in May. Our furnace died a quiet death on a cold December morning. The power lines to our house are sagging once again as a big branch came down on them in last week’s storm. I’ve been struggling with the blog too – my drafts folder is overflowing yet I have trouble saying what I really want to say.

But that’s the best part about this time of year, isn’t it. You can take stock, relax and reflect with a cup of tea. Let the bad parts of the year fade from memory while you dream of all that is in store for the next 365 days. Or in the case of 2012, 366 days. Does anyone do resolutions anymore? I’ve never been a fan of the standard eat better, exercise more stuff. I’m more of a goal setting person. Like one giant To Do list. Maybe it also has something to do with semi-compulsive list-making. Hm…

Anyway, starting 2012 right with tea and a greek yogurt/clementine curd/cranberry/pepita concoction. And jotting down a few priorities for the next year. Because I am all about looking back in 2013 and checking things off my list.

Garden Resolutions Grow more beans and figure out how to dry them for winter storage – this did NOT happen in 2011. Get better fertilizer, too. Grow less tomatoes and more herbs. Hopefully a lot of this changes when we move into a new place, because the tiny poolside container garden is getting old.

Home Resolutions Start saving for a house. So many dreams are on hold until we have our own place. I have plans for an orchard, a real garden with raised beds, a beehive or two… Hopefully with a savings account, this can be the year to get (half?) of our downpayment saved. If we do move, I need to downsize things before we get there, because moving last time was a huge pain.

Health Resolutions Eat more fish. Maybe start taking fish oil? And more meatless meals. Try to find time to walk at least a half hour a day.

Kitchen Resolutions No more excuses –  go get the pressure canner gauge calibrated and start the pressure canning. Make more cheese and yogurt. And bread, and pasta, and condiments.

So here’s to all the good things 2012 has in store. And here’s to making those good things happen.

Pimp That Preserve 2011

Tis the season… for gifting your preserves! And if you are going to go through the trouble to preserve the best of the season and design a label for it – why not go one step further and decorate the jar? If you are in need of some inspiration, Joel and Dana from Well Preserved are hosting Pimp That Preserve again this year. The idea is straightforward: dress up your preserves for a night out on the town. Use anything that doesn’t affect the contents of the jar and let your imagination run wild! They have some ideas up already to help get your creative juices flowing – I LOVE their pickled garlic label. Note to self: pickle more garlic next year.

After the PTP finalists are selected, the winners will score some awesome prizes. Kate Payne donated an autographed copy of her book The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking. Another winner will take home a copy of  We Sure Can by Sarah B. Hood that features many fellow preservers. The last prize is an archival print of the Periodic Table of WaterBath Preserving from Joel and Dana themselves (the one I’ve got my eye on!)

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I like to dress up jars with the flavors of what’s inside. I made a Plum Cardamom Almond Conserve in October with plums from Easy Pickins Orchard. It was a great year for Italian Prune Plums, and the flavor of this one was nicely enhanced with cardamom and cinnamon and a handful of crushed almonds. Hence the cinnamon stick, almond and cardamom garnish – just dont sneeze or the almond might fall out! For actual giving I am going to have to tie it in better.

I always make a lot of cucumber pickles. Too many, in fact. This year, I made a bunch of sweet zucchini pickles with brown mustard and fenugreek to try and mix it up a little. They were nicely spicy but still had enough zip to be interesting. Have you heard of the German pickle ornament tradition? Whether its true or not, its fun to gift a gift of pickles with a pickle tradition that goes along with it. Just dont try to hide the pickle up the angel’s skirt – that one’s been done before.

My favorite entry this year is naturally the snowflake themed one. Not that you would know its wintertime by looking outside… I think you guys know by now that I am a fan of winter. I bought the wooden tags on Etsy last year, but got overly attached to give them out on gifts. Then it dawned on my how great they would look on a jar. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

Good luck to all of those entering PTP this year – the deadline is Monday December 12 at midnight!

World’s Easiest Poultry Stock

Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving! We are busy prepping for Thanksgiving Round Two, starting with stock. Every year I walk in ready to fight for the turkey carcass, and it always seems like no fighting is needed. Why doesn’t anyone want these brilliant leftovers? Maybe after I share this recipe, it wont be so easy to go home with the turkey trimmings.

Of course, I have come down with my first cold in a few years. Just in time to have a whole bunch of folks over. Fabulous. As I’ve slept about 30 of the last 48 hours, I am clearly not up for intensive cooking projects.

This method is super easy – no peeling or attention required – perfect when in a Dayquil-induced fog. The hardest thing about this recipe is straining at the end. As it uses a slow cooker, its great to cook overnight on the countertop. Of course, you could use a large stockpot on the stove, but I like that you can throw everything in an walk away. 12-24 hours later = glorious, rich stock. How rich?

The best part about this turkey stock? Just the thing to soothe your holiday head cold. Or, if you’re lucky enough to be without sniffles, its great to combat all of yesterday’s rich food. With that, I am off to make a bowl of soup and hopefully clear my sinuses a bit. Enjoy this recipe – don’t go out and buy things for it – use what you have.

World’s Easiest Poultry Stock
Turkey or chicken carcass, picked clean (but don’t kill yourself)
Veggie scraps: carrot peels, onion skins, garlic paper, asparagus ends, cleaned leek tops…
Fresh veg: A few cloves of garlic, sliced in half. One onion, sliced in quarters. A carrot, sliced in half, if you have it.
Filtered water

[Note: for an all-purpose stock, avoid strongly flavored things. Go with i.e. celery, avoid ginger.]

Easy, peasy: throw everything into the crockpot, top with water and turn on low for at least 12 but up to 18-24 hours. Speaking from experience, it helps to let the crock cool before straining. Strain through a large colander, and freeze in smaller portions (quart mason jars or freezer bags, ice cube trays, etc.) Once I get my pressure canner calibrated, this will be the first recipe I pressure can. I like to keep salt out of my stock, so I can salt the final dish instead. Up to you.

Use in: risotto, soup, stuffing, gravy, beans… anywhere you need liquid with flavor. Just the thing to cure what ails you me when that inevitable winter cold comes around.

Rub A Dub Dub

Have you been to your local food swap yet? No? Well get on it. Food swaps are popping up across the country (and the globe – there’s even one for you, Londoners). They are a place where you can bring your favorite recipe or new creation to share with others and come home with a number of new things to try. Our local swap is at our amazing local market – averaging two times per month on Sunday mornings. The swaps have different themes, but anything homemade, handcrafted or home grown is swappable. This week’s theme was BBQ – who can’t escape at least one of those during the 4th of July holiday weekend?

I knew instantly what I wanted to share with my fellow swappers. We use this spice rub or a variation all the time. So much that I’m pretty sure Jon is sick of it by now. We’ve used it as a flavor profile for brining chicken, for grilling really any protein, and even when roasting vegetables. We’ve even used it on bacon (see below) – which you absolutely must try. Joel uses his dehydrator to make his own powders and salts for his rub. Though we’re not there yet, good quality spices do make a huge difference here. [Check out World Spice, Penzey’s or even your local co-op – all good choices.] The flavors in our rub are smoky and savory (dare I say umami-y?) because we aren’t really into scorching heat. We also dont use any celery because frankly we just don’t get along. Make adjustments as you see fit. Try not to use it on everything.

SK Favorite Spice Rub
2 parts smoked paprika/pimentón
2 parts curry powder
2 parts garlic powder
2 parts onion powder
2 parts dried minced garlic
1 part fresh ground pepper
1 part cinnamon (Vietnamese is my favorite)
1 part cayenne pepper

You’ll notice there’s no salt in this. I find salt to be a really personal flavor – you know exactly how much of it you want. So add salt into the mix – or don’t. Up to you. If you are new to a low salt diet (ahem, Dad) this kind of spice rub may be your new best friend.

Options
1. You really should toast the spices before cooking with them. It makes a world of difference. A few minutes in a dry saute pan or in the toaster oven is all you need – toast until you can smell the spices. That’s it.
2. Add 2 parts dark brown sugar for a sweet rub. We love to dredge thick cut bacon in the sweet rub and then pan fry for ultimate decadence. It makes an amazing crust. You just have to pay close attention to the heat and you may have to cook the bacon at a lower temperature to render out the fat without burning the spices. Haven’t tried it yet, but I imagine it would make for amazing BLTs. (Note: if you use the sugar, add it to the rub after you toast the spices, otherwise you get a sticky mess!)
3. Add the rub to olive oil and citrus of choice to make a marinade. I think it would be great with lime and seafood for the grill. Fish tacos anyone?

A Cold Brew

I was never one of those people. You know, the ones who NEEDED coffee to wake up in the morning. The ones who can’t function until they get their first sip of java, and if they don’t get any are the most intolerable insufferable human beings who walk the planet. I mean, of course I don’t know anyone like that. I’ve just heard stories. Ahem.

Well, then law school happened. I was pretty good about rationing my caffeine intake until finals. But during finals, all bets were off. I have (not so) fond memories of stopping to get an extra large coffee and bagel for breakfast at the local coffee shop. Lets be honest, sometimes there would also be a second coffee to reheat as well as my lunch and dinner because I knew I wasn’t going to be leaving campus all day. Sometimes we would STILL go out for coffee breaks on top of that. But now that part of my life is over, as is bar exam craziness (don’t even get me started on my caffeine intake then) and I can actually sit and enjoy my coffee instead of using it to function.

Bean and Leaf is a local roaster in New London. Not just any coffee roaster though – they have been named Connecticut’s Best Coffee Bar by Connecticut Magazine. Though I haven’t yet made it to their cafe, Nutmeg State residents are extremely lucky in that B&L will usually come to them – via a local farmer’s market. I first stumbled upon them at my local market (CRFM) but they also happen to stop at the Billings Forge Market in Hartford on Thursdays and stock The Kitchen at Billings Forge with their delicious coffee if you can’t make it to either market.

Now, not everyone has the privilege of having an awesome local coffee roaster. (Shameless plug: B&L will ship it to you through their online store – not my fault if I start your addiction to their Guatemala blend.) You may hit Dunkin’ Donuts every morning to get your caffeine fix – I’m not here to judge. I’ve found, though, that this works best for me, and with some new equipment and a little patience I can really appreciate the effort B&L puts into their product. I can justify the more expensive locally roasted beans, because even though its much more per bag than the cheap stuff, its much less than hitting up Dunkin’ or Starbucks every morning. Plus, with a travel mug, its much more environmentally conscious. (Sidenote: You can even use the spent grounds as a facial scrub or garden fertilizer or as compost amendment!)

So I guess I am now one of those people. I don’t quite need it to function… yet… but I do enjoy a daily cup or two. Recently, I’ve had to change my coffee setup. It seems that I am one of those people who just can’t do hot coffee when the temperature rises above 60°. Its like an internal switch flips and hot coffee becomes absolutely intolerable in the morning. (Does this happen to anyone else?) When the coffee craving strikes, as it inevitably will, I like to keep some on hand for quick satisfaction. This means planning ahead. I bought a french press a year or so ago, and it has been a great investment. A glass one will only set you back about $25. Not only is the hot stuff miles away from drip coffee, but so is the cold brew. It just requires more time than the heated brew.

Basically, grounds + cold water + french press + at least 12 hours = the best iced coffee ever. I know it sounds a little ridiculous, but it really is worth the planning ahead. If you really want to get fancy, you can freeze some of the coffee to use as ice cubes in your brew. It will stay plenty cold and won’t dilute – is there anything worse than watered down coffee? The leftovers stay in a mason jar in the fridge for a day or two until the next craving hits.

Coffee consumption can be a messy subject.

Or, if you’re one of those people like me, you wont need to store your leftovers.