Weekly Bits: Cool Java Tricks, Sweet & Savory Melon and More

by in Uncategorized, August 8, 2009

Last week, you (the readers) shared great tips on healthier chicken salad recipes and making baby food at home. This week: DIY frozen treats, the perfect cold brew and creative ways to dress up your watermelon.

Here are this week’s top comments from our blog and Facebook page:

From Making the Best Iced Coffee:
“My cold brewing steps are very simple and I love the outcome! I use the popular recipe from the New York Times and use it as low key as it gets – soak [coffee grains] overnight in a bowl covered in plastic wrap and strain by using my coffee filter holder from my coffee machine.” — Sarah
[Get the New York Times recipe.]

From Experimenting with Tomatillos:
“You can also boil them and put them in a blender with some avocados and some mild chilies and you have a creamier green sauce for tacos, burritos, tortillas chips, rolled tacos. Good stuff.” — Eva

From Fresh & Fruity Freezer Pops:
“Instead of buying the popsicle mold, you can make minis by using ice cube trays. Just stick a spoon in when they are halfway frozen.” — Stephanie

From In Season: Watermelon:
“You’ve got to try [adding] pico de gallo (dry seasoning) and a squeeze of lime!” — Krystie, via Facebook

“Mix lime juice, honey and freshly grated ginger and drizzle on top.” — Allison, via Facebook

From Cooking with Canned Tomatoes:
“Try freezing your tomatoes. I make salsa and stewed tomatoes as well as hot sauce. Put it into freezer bags and into the freezer it goes. Tastes as fresh as the day I made it when it comes out and SO much easier than canning — quicker too!” — Shirley

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