Creative uses for used coffee grounds

Caffeine is highly water-soluble, so longer brew times will result in lesser caffeine in the spent coffee grounds. 

Coffee is a popular beverage consumed all over the world and the coffee ground after it’s brewed has many practical uses around the home and garden and even help spruce up your beauty routine instead of discarding them.

Some creative uses for used coffee grounds.

  • Fertilize Your Garden. . . as plants grow, they absorb nutrients from the soil, thus most gardens need to be fertilized.

    Coffee grounds make great fertilizer because they contain several key nutrients required for plant growth, nitrogen, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and chromium.

    Coffee grounds also attract worms and decrease the concentrations of heavy metals in the soil.

  • Repel Insects and Pests. . . the 2 compounds contained in coffee grounds, caffeine and diterpenes are toxic and effective at deterring many insects like mosquitoes, fruit flies, and beetles and repelling bugs too.

  • Meat Tenderizer. . .the meat muscle fibers and proteins that give it a tough consistency.

    Tenderizing meat breaks them down, resulting in a softer texture.

    The natural acids and enzymes contained in coffee, making it effective at tenderizing meat and enhance the flavor of the meat.

    Simply add used coffee grounds to your favorite dry-rub recipe and apply the rub to the meat before cooking. The grounds will form a dark, crispy crust onto the meat.

    You can also rebrew used grounds to make coffee, and use it to marinate the meat before cooking.

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