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Old 05-24-2012, 05:07 PM   #41
 
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For Mexican horchata:

You can vary the ratio, but I like 2:1 almonds to rice. You can also do all rice or all almond. All are good.
So, say 1/2 cup of rice to 1 cup of almonds.
1 cinnamon stick (preferably Ceylon aka Mexican cinnamon)
1 cup of sugar (I use panela/piloncillo for the flavor, but it doesn't come out perfectly white that way)
1 tsp vanilla extract or to taste
Pinch of salt

Put rice and almonds in blender and grind until roughly powdery. Add two cups of water and blend until creamy. Place in a pot and crush the cinnamon stick and add it and the salt to the mix. Let sit overnight.
Take the sugar and put it in a saucepan with equal amount of water to make a simple syrup. Heat until the sugar dissolves.
Add three more cups of water to the horchata and strain through a strainer lined with cheesecloth.
Sweeten the horchata to taste with simple syrup. Add vanilla to taste. Serve iced with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
I only use half the amount of syrup, for a total of 1/2 cup of sugar. Many people like more sugar than that, so I make more syrup and keep it around for anyone who wants it sweeter.

Some people add either evaporated milk or fresh milk in place of some water to horchata, but I like it dairy-free because it's lighter and more refreshing to me.
I also add the zest of a lime and a little lime juice based on a Bayless recipe. I love that addition, but I thought I'd give the most basic recipe. I'm planning to use vanilla bean instead of extract the next time I make it.

I also add a cinnamon stick to the simple syrup when I make it.
I saw the Bayless recipe and liked the idea of lime.
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:18 PM   #42
 
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I think I'm going to be making Salvadoran horchata very soon. I have nibs, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds, so I have a lot of what I need. No morro seeds, but I'll improvise.
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Thanks Saria! I read a few that add milk but I thought it was unnecessary.

Spiderlashes I'll be sure to report back about the cold brew!
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:41 PM   #44
 
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I bought a Toddy for someone at Christmas at Williams-Sonoma. You know, if you don't want to wait for shipping.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:44 PM   #45
 
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I've done this in my French press and it was great. It's less bitter when you cold brew iced coffee.
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I bought a Toddy for someone at Christmas at Williams-Sonoma. You know, if you don't want to wait for shipping.

Perfect! Going tonight!!! And will drop the french press off at Target right after. Thnx for mentioning that.

From looking at the Toddy description, it's really not that different than a french press except that it can hold a lot more coffee, reducing the number of times per week I would have to make it.
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:15 PM   #47
 
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Alright I have my coffee steeping in the fridge right now. Very exciting...

I also poured some already-brewed coffee into ice cube trays for the coffee when it's ready!
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:03 AM   #48
 
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OMG. I made two big mason jars' worth of cold-brewed coffee last night. I strained them this morning and made myself a big glass of iced coffee with a couple tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. AWESOME. I actually took it along with me for my 2.5-hour swim workout and sipped on it throughout, I swear it kept me going! It's my new favorite workout drink!
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I bought the Toddy last night (last one in stock at William Sonoma!) and made a pot. Very good! But not as super-concentrated as I thought it would be.

I used an entire bag of coffee beans and produced only a few cups. Had to dump the grounds. Is there a way to repurpose the grounds of steep them again bc it seems like a waste of an awful lot of coffee.

The flavor was very nice though...and this was just some brand I got from Target.

Anyone have any recs for a good cold brew brand? You are off the hook from answering, xcptnl! LOL
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An article I happened upon (on pinterest) last night on cold brewing

http://www.southernplate.com/2009/03...t-expense.html
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I bought the Toddy last night (last one in stock at William Sonoma!) and made a pot. Very good! But not as super-concentrated as I thought it would be.

I used an entire bag of coffee beans and produced only a few cups. Had to dump the grounds. Is there a way to repurpose the grounds of steep them again bc it seems like a waste of an awful lot of coffee.

The flavor was very nice though...and this was just some brand I got from Target.

Anyone have any recs for a good cold brew brand? You are off the hook from answering, xcptnl! LOL
Lol. I just ground some this am at the store. Will start the brewing process tonight It was store brand columbian roast and i ground it medium.


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Oh I think I did something wrong. Mine tasted average at best.

Mine no better than the iced coffee I made by hot brewing and then refrigerating. I used a ratio of 1.5 cups of coffee per 2 quarts of water and soaked for 12-plus hours.

Maybe I should suck it up and buy the Toddy.
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I do think you may have to experiment with the ratio that works for you. I did not writey ratio down last year so i will have to try and remember this year but i think i use 2 cups to 3 qts But mine is not a concentrate as I just add ice and I use 1/2 and 1/2 and sweetened condensed milk in mine. I do not add water to it.
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Mine is brewing.




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x, that's the exact container I brewed mine in! Are you in my kitchen??
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x, that's the exact container I brewed mine in! Are you in my kitchen??
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Ha, cambros.
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I'm doing mine in a smaller portion next time and in glass because even after a run through the dishwasher I still get a faint scent of coffee in the plastic container. I used to store brown sugar and powdered sugar in them, but had to downsize my containers now that my pantry is smaller. And really, did I need to have that much sugar on hand at all times??
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I'm doing mine in a smaller portion next time and in glass because even after a run through the dishwasher I still get a faint scent of coffee in the plastic container. I used to store brown sugar and powdered sugar in them, but had to downsize my containers now that my pantry is smaller. And really, did I need to have that much sugar on hand at all times??
I only use it for the cold brewing. So I am ok that way.

I use the oxo ones for sugars flours. B is always amazed at how much flour/sugar I go through. His family buys store bought baked goods. Drives me nuts. I will make pie and no one touches it.


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I've thought about trying some of the OXO containers. It seems like the lids have a really great seal on them. Costco had a set of them for a super great price and I'm hoping they have them next time I go.
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