Monday, May 28, 2012

The Pioneer Woman’s Iced Coffee (with adjustments)

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Its summer time, ladies, which means its time to get our iced drinks ready to keep us cool and collected during the warm weather months.  If you are a coffee drinker, there are few treats more delightful than a sweet, creamy glass of freezing cold iced coffee.  One could spend FAR too much money running to Starbucks, Tim Hortons, or even McDonalds (theirs is actually my favourite!) to meet that iced coffee “need”.  But let’s be frugal and make our own.
This is where that sweet gal The Pioneer Woman comes to our rescue.  My aunt shared this link to her post on the best iced coffee and I dare say she is right.

This will not be a step by step retelling of the recipe, you really need to check out the post over at Mrs Pioneer’s place.  But I thought I would share my adjustments, my review of the recipe, and how Im storing all of these glorious liquid black gold. :)
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Miss Ree suggested making an entire pound of coffee at once, but I hesitated because 1) I dont have the storage for that much coffee at once, 2) I needed to make both decaf and regular and 3) I wanted to make sure we liked the recipe before I used the whole bag.
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Please pay a little extra for the fair trade label.  Its worth it!
I used Starbucks fair trade blends, but plan to experiment with other coffees in the future (unlike Mr Old-Fashioned, Im actually not that big of a fan of Starbucks).  I decided to do half a lb (or 8oz) of regular and only a quarter pound (or 4 oz) of decaf. 
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I let the coffee make overnight for about ten hours and strained first thing in the morning.  I agree with Mrs Pioneer that you really do need the cheese cloth to strain properly.  In fact, I ran it through a second time with some thicker cheese cloth to get those last little bits of coffee. 
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I dont have a large pretty serving decanter as shown in the original post and I dont have the room in our regular-sized refrigerator for that, so I am storing our iced coffee concentrate in mason jars (is there anything mason jars CANT do?  Gosh I love them!) and keeping the extras downstairs in hubby’s office mini fridge as I wont really have the room for them in our kitchen fridge.  A half lb of coffee steeped gave me a little over 3 quarts of coffee concentrate, and 1/4 lb gave me a 1 1/2 quarts concentrate.
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I definitely used the sweetened condensed milk (and if you’re looking for a great recipe for homemade sweetened condenses milk with variations- coconut or cows milk, sweetened with honey or maple syrup- check out this great recipe over at The Seasonal Family) and splash of 1% to add a little more creaminess.  I mixed it all up BEFORE I added the ice, this way I wasnt fighting the sweetened condensed milk gunking up from the cold temperature.
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It was, as promised, absolutely FABULOUS.  In fact, Im drinking it right now as I type this.  I totally recommend taking the time to make this.  Its delish!  Thanks, Pioneer Woman!
Do you ladies have a favourite iced coffee recipe or another great iced drink for the summer?  Please share your link in the comments and Ill come back and share the links at the bottom of this post. 
Yay summer!

Im so honored to be linking up with  Simple Living for Foodie Fridays, Life as Mom for Frugal Fridays and Cheerios and Lattes for Saturday Show and Tell!


Mrs. Stam said...

sounds so yummy, thanks for sharing!

Kindra said...

I can't wait to make this! Thanks for reviewing and adding info for smaller batches. And thanks for your recent yogurt post. Bought my first big tub this week and am loving adding my own toppings and the savings! Also, love all the vintage images you post. Have no idea how you find the time to make such a nice blog!

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Thank you so much for this! I'm an iced coffee addict. I'm terrible...I go to Starbucks every day! Sweetened condensed milk in iced coffee sounds like heaven to me!
Erica :)

Miz Helen said...

I just wanted to stop by and have a cup of that Iced Coffee with you, it looks so good! Thanks for stopping by the cottage and I look forward to seeing you again very soon!
Miz Helen
A New Follower

The Old-Fashioned Housewife said...

Ladies thank you all for your sweet comments. Kindra- the truth is I dont reawlly have the time haha. I steal time early in the morning if I get up before Bird or late at night if I can prop an eyeball open long enough to work on it after the kiddo and the house are put to bed. Sometimes I say Im going to stop, but its my only "hobby", so I guess its ok to have a creative outlet. :)

Anonymous said...

Mmmm That sounds delish! I have to watch what I eat and drink, so no more of those coffee faves I used to drink. So in the summer, I just putt my cooled coffee in a nice glass my usual.. little sugar and creamer then the ice. So cool and still good. :)

Miss Kim said...

The recipe looks delicious! Can't wait to try it. But I will recommend another source for excellent coffee (fair trade, organic, flavored, etc):
It is a small roastery that has a huge variety and is waayy better than SB. Cheap? no, but worth it if you're into serious coffee!

obrdrln said...

I use two pumps of Torani Sugar Free Chocolate syrup and 2% milk to my glass to make yummy iced mocha!!

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Anonymous said...

I made this except instead of loose coffee, I made a "teabag" from cheesecloth and a rubber band. I let it soak for 48 hours and NO straining, no mess. I just sat the bag in a colander when I was done to let it drain. Why make more work for yourself?

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