Friday, July 16, 2010

An Overnight-Soak Breakfast

I've been meaning to use this method to make iced coffee this summer. Before you go to sleep, put 3/4 cup coarsely ground coffee in the French press, fill it with cold water, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, you just press it as usual, pour it over ice, mix in a little milk, and shake. This tastes much better than hot coffee over ice, which tends to be pretty bitter.

We also did something similar with oatmeal. Put 1/2 cup quick oats and 1/2 cup steel-cut Irish oats in a container with 2 cups of cold water to soak overnight. All you need to do in the a.m. is heat it up and top it with brown sugar, dried berries, maple syrup, pecans, butter, and salt. With a little planning, you can have a Saturday breakfast any day of the week.

9 comments:

susan said...

i rarely comment on blogs...but...i need the answer on this one...for the coffee...tap hot or coffee hot (not boiling)water?...this will be so great to take to work....(i question if it the normal coffee temperature water to sit all night????)

MaddyG said...

I'm going to try the coffee tip out. I adore iced coffee for breakfast. Thanks!

daviddavedammit said...

i've been doing the iced coffee this way for about a week now. wish i'd started doing it LONG ago.

susan, i use cold tap water. it felt really really strange to leave it on the counter all night, but all sources said to do it that way.

Justin Fox Burks said...

Susan, we used cold tap for both the iced coffee and the oatmeal -- the magic is in the overnight soak, we suppose!

TCV

Bianca said...

I do that with oats, but I bring the water to a boil, cover, and shut off the heat. Then let it soak overnight. Guess I don't have to boil. I'm totally trying that with my coffee tonight.

Carolyn said...

On the coffee…how much water? We have two sizes of French presses. And so, how many servings would this make?

Justin Fox Burks said...

My press is the 4 cup model. so i use 3/4 cup coffee and 3 1/4 cup water. Serves two.

megan said...

VERY good! i've been making iced coffee all summer & am loving this method. in addition to tasting better, it's also saving me (precious) time in the a.m. thanks!

Karen Anne said...

Soaking is good for lower bills. When I know I'll want to cook spaghetti or macaroni later in the day, I put it in a pot and cover it with water. Later I just bring it to a boil and it cooks in no time, with much less energy used.