Uses for Stale Coffee

Coffee, like any other food product can go stale. What do you do with it? This is a guide about uses for stale coffee.
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December 10, 2008 Flag
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I acquired a huge can of stale ground coffee from my workplace (Kirkland brand) and am wondering what I can do with it besides the usual recycled tips I've found online (ie. garden, compost...) My boss says the can has been there for about 2 years and only been used once.

What I'd like to do is perhaps brew the grounds (maybe adding salt or cinnamon?) but am wondering if anyone has any crafts or other recipes I can use for this. It's almost 3 lbs of it so I'd hate for it to go to waste! I also acquired free packages of Decaf coffee, but those are sealed to make one pot and will give those to the food bank. Thank you!

Lisa from Halifax, NS

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November 27, 20160 found this helpful
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You could use to stale coffee for decorating, put some of the coffee in a decorative container and then put a pillar candle in it and as the candle melts it will heat the coffee and it will allow the room to smell of the aroma of coffee.

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December 12, 20080 found this helpful

Oooh the scrub sounds like a wonderful idea! The grinds are very stale so this is perfect! THANKS! :)

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December 12, 20080 found this helpful

Use it to both color and scent homemade clay dough. I've made some great scented hanging ornaments using coffee and other herbs and spices. After you bake the clay ornaments use them to hang in your kitchen cabinets or the fridge/freezer. Coffee is a fantastic odor killer.

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December 12, 20080 found this helpful

I remember reading about salt dough and having coffee grounds mixed in it for a stone surface.

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December 12, 20080 found this helpful

I would try using it with a stronger roast fresh coffee, brew with some cinnamon or a bit of vanilla extract.

You could brew it and use it in place of the water in a brownie mix recipe. The coffee enhances the chocolate flavor. Just add a little extra vanilla to the mix.

Save it for spring for your hydrangea?

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December 12, 20080 found this helpful

I would make a coffee dye out of it. If you have white linens that have lost their lustre you can dye them with strong coffee, they come out looking like antiques. It is really beautiful.

I have also used ground coffee as an additive when making candles. The candles are really unique and the scent when the candle is burning is like a coffee house.

Hope this helps.

Laura

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December 12, 20080 found this helpful

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf16625730.tip.html

This is fun and useful. I love all the others! I make died tea fabric, but coffee workes great, too.

If the coffee is still good, you can donate it. If not, just put it in a ziplock baggie with a hole or two in the top and hang it from the pantry or back porch, mud room, etc. In about a week or two, it smells incredibly sweet!

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December 14, 20080 found this helpful

You could pour a little in the bottom of a knee-high, tie it off and put it in your vaccuum cleaner bag if your vaccuum uses bags. It smells nice when you vaccuum. I use herbal tea bags that I didn't care for like this.

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December 15, 20080 found this helpful

I certainly would try a pot of it and see how stale it really tastes. Isn't going to waste much time, money or effort to try. Also, by mixing it with fresher coffee it may be fine. I keep my coffee in the fridge once it is opened, which "experts" don't recommend, but it is just fine!

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December 18, 20080 found this helpful

Give it to me! I am not kidding. I'll brew it and drink it. For some reason, I can't tell the differnce between what you call a 'fresh pot' coffee and one that was left cold in the pot for a day or two. I have been a tea-drinker (with adder sugar and cream) all my life. I am told not forgo adding sugar--so I am using coffee--black, fresh or old, it's all the same to me but it's better than sugarless tea.

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December 28, 20080 found this helpful

If it's all stale and smells musty, it's no good to use. It was taste as bad as it smells. (Been there and done that!) If it smells okay, but is slightly past the expiration date, try using it.

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