Last updated on September 2nd, 2022 at 12:22 pm
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Coffee is a must-have in the mornings. There is just something about holding a cup of coffee in the morning and appreciating the aroma as well as the taste to get your day started right.
While getting coffee from coffee beans may yield a better, stronger taste, it can end up taking too much time in the morning. The next and fastest option is coffee grounds.
Pre-ground coffee makes it easy to get your caffeine fix quickly in the morning.
Though you may drink coffee every morning, there are still a lot of coffee grounds left in the container. You can put a small amount of the coffee grounds in an air-tight container and store the rest.
Where is the best place to store your coffee grounds? Can you put your coffee grounds in the freezer?
You can grind your own coffee beans ahead of time and store your grounds in the freezer. Be sure to store your coffee grounds in an air-tight container before placing them in the freezer.
Frozen ground coffee can last for up to two years if it has been vacuumed sealed. If it is just stored in an air-tight container, it can last for up to six months.
Does Ground Coffee Go Bad?
Whether you use a Keurig with coffee pods or make a fresh pot of coffee, you still need to use coffee grounds. Coffee grounds allow you to make a great cup of coffee quickly.
There is no need to worry about taking the time to grind your coffee beans when you have coffee grounds to work with. Do coffee beans have an expiration date? How do you know if your coffee grounds have gone bad?
If you have stored your coffee properly, it can last unopened for three to five months. The best way to store coffee grounds is in a cool, dry, dark place.
If you have opened your coffee and stored it properly, it will last until the best by date (assuming you purchased it in a can or bag).
Coffee pods can last for 8 months if stored in a cool, dry place.
It can be difficult to tell if your coffee has gone bad since the color doesn’t really change. Once coffee grounds have been exposed to oxygen, it has about two weeks before it begins to lose its flavor.
You can tell if your coffee has gone bad by the loss of flavor and smell. While it is still okay to drink, the coffee will taste how it smells. If your coffee doesn’t smell full-bodied and strong, it won’t taste that way either.
What Can You Do With Used Coffee Grounds?
Have you ever thought about putting your coffee ground to use or recycling them? Other than throwing them away, is there really anything else you can do with coffee grounds?
There are actually several different ways you can upcycle your leftover coffee grounds.
Turn Your Coffee Grounds Into Soap
Did you know that your skin is absorbent and can absorb caffeine, through the skin? If you are tired of burning your tongue every morning, you can take a shower with your coffee ground soap.
Melt a bar of glycerine and then add ⅓ cup of used coffee grounds. Reshape the mold to whatever shape of soap you desire.
Once the mixture has dried, you can now absorb your morning caffeine in the shower. This can also be a great gift for any other coffee lover in your family.
Turn Your Coffee Grounds Into Exfoliant
Instead of purchasing high-end exfoliants to help remove dead skin, you can use coffee grounds. You can combine your used coffee grounds with warm water and then add your favorite essential oils as an extra scent.
Use this mixture as a scrub and remove unwanted dead skin.
Turn Your Coffee Grounds Into A Deodorizer
Are you tired of your fridge smelling? You can’t seem to find the source of the smell and all your food is still in-date.
Sometimes, your fridge just smells because of all the different combinations of leftovers, meats, and cheeses in there. Typically, you can use baking soda as a deodorizer for your fridge, but you can also use used coffee grounds.
Place a small container of your used coffee grounds in the fridge and leave it open. Leave it in there for a couple of weeks to help remove the smells.
You can also place used coffee grounds in your freezer as a deodorizer as well.
Use Your Coffee Grounds As Flea Shampoo
Dogs are man’s best friend and fleas are dog’s worst enemies. If your dog has ever had fleas, you know how awful fleas can be.
Your used coffee grounds can help bring relief to your dogs. All you need is to rub 1-2 cups of ground on your dog’s fur and rinse well.
You can do this after you have bathed your dogs. Additionally, not only do the coffee grounds kill the fleas, but they also leave your dog’s fur silky smooth.
Is Day-Old Coffee Okay To Drink?
Your morning can be incredibly busy. You have kids to get ready for school, work to prepare for, breakfast to get ready, and any other tasks that need to be done before you leave home.
Your morning cup of coffee might end up being overlooked for a few hours. You place it in the microwave to warm it up, only to realize the next morning that that’s where your coffee went.
Is it still safe to drink your coffee if it has spent the day in your microwave?
Although you can drink day-old coffee it won’t taste as good as freshly made. So it is not recommended to drink a day-old cup of coffee just based on the flavor.
Coffee tends to take on the smell and flavor of the area it’s in. After a while, the oils in the coffee tend to break down and become stale.
Coffee is best consumed within the first few hours after being brewed.
Additionally, if your coffee has any creamer and milk in it, it is not okay to drink the next day. The milk and creamer will have gone bad if left out.
As much as you may not want to wash your “liquid gold” down the drain, it is best for your health to make a fresh cup of coffee.
You can store unopened, vacuum-sealed coffee in the freezer for up to two years! Any other coffee grounds that you may have can be stored in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to two months.
The best place to store your opened coffee grounds is in a cool, dry place and only until the expiration date.
Next time you go to throw out your coffee grounds, why not save them and upcycle them into something useful.