Uses for Coffee in the Kitchen

Coffee is popular the world over, easily celebrated as the world’s favorite (and tastiest) caffeinated beverage. Part of this stems from the pleasure we derive from drinking a freshly brewed cup of coffee and the great feeling of waking up to that enticing aroma. But coffee is also extremely versatile, and has many benefits other than drinking. In this blog post, we are going to look at some common, lesser known uses for coffee in the kitchen.

Coffee in the Kitchen

Coffee is so flavorful that it should come as no surprise that it can be used to boost the flavor of many of our favorite dishes. Used as a meat rub or in marinades, coffee grounds make for excellent additions to fatty meats, such as brisket and steaks, and works wonders on racks of pork ribs and beef short ribs.

Coffee can also be used as a secret ingredient to kick up chili recipes and is a staple in many desserts – nothing beats coffee cake with a scoop of mocha flavored ice cream!

Coffee Can Clean Dishes and Countertops

Surprisingly, coffee grounds are excellent for cleaning up messes. After making your favorite coffee inspired dishes, you can use left-over grounds as a scouring agent to remove tough-to-clean build-up on dishes, countertops, and kitchen stovetops. Simply mix the grounds with some cleaning agents and scrub away.

Coffee as a Hand Cleanser

If you get a little heavy-handed when it comes to using odorous ingredients – such as garlic, cilantro, fish, or cayenne pepper – consider grabbing a handful of coffee grounds and rub them into your hands, rinsing with warm water after a thorough scrub. The coffee grounds are great at neutralizing strong odors on your hands. Want to take it a step further? Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice onto your hands to further sanitize them and give them a pleasant smell.

Coffee as a Refrigerator Deodorizer

If you find your refrigerator smells a little funky from old leftovers or strong smelling foods, simply take a cup of unused coffee grounds and stick it in the fridge. The grounds will naturally absorb any rampant odors, and, unlike other deodorizers, coffee will also add a great aroma as well.

Coffee As An Air Freshener

One of the best things about coffee is the incredible scent – nothing beats waking up to a freshly brewed cup of joe on a cold morning! You don’t have to actually make a pot of coffee to enjoy its delicious smell however. If you want to make your kitchen smell great after cooking, skip the candle and create your own coffee air freshener instead.

The process is pretty simple – just take some cheese cloth or even some old nylons and pour in some freshly ground coffee beans. Cinch the top and place in whichever room(s) you want to smell better. As an added bonus – as noted above – the makeshift coffee air freshener will also absorb other foul odors – such as smoke and pet smells.

Coffee as a Breath Freshener

Finally, after dinner you may find your breath needs a little freshening up. Skip the mints and sugary gum and opt to pop a couple of coffee beans in your mouth. Aside from neutralizing bad breath, the beans taste delicious and give you a little late night pick-me up!