Recipe of the Week

Friday, February 10, 2012

Coffee Steak Rub

We all know that coffee is a quick energizer. You may even know that it contains antioxidants that helps protect your skin against damage caused by the sun, but what you may not know is how multifunctional coffee can be.

First, it can be used for a steak rub as in the below recipe.

Coffee Steak Rub


- 1 tablespoon finely ground coffee beans
- 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon Lawry's Seasoning


Combine all ingredients, rub onto your favorite steak 30 minutes prior to cooking.


Other Coffee Usages:

Second, coffee can temporarily get rid of puffy eyelids. The caffeine works to pull the water out of your skin. Place two tablespoons of coffee grounds, fresh or previously brewed, into a coffee filter and dampen under warm water. Twist the coffee filter closed and place over closed eyelid. Repeat steps on other eyelid. 

Third, coffee can be used as a cellulite scrub on thighs and buttocks. The caffeine temporarily shrinks the cellulite, giving your skin a smoother appearance. Take a cup of coffee grounds, fresh or previously brewed, into the shower. Scoop a handful of grounds and in a circular motion rub onto the area you wish to make smoother and repeat until all desired areas are covered. Rinse after complete. 

Fourth, coffee can be used to intensify dark hues of brunette by pouring strong brewed and cooled coffee over shampoo cleaned hair. Put shower cap over hair and let soak for several minutes. Then rinse coffee out and condition as normal. 

Coffee Storage Tip:

Do you keep your coffee in the refrigerator or freezer, thinking it will stay fresher longer? If so, you might want to rethink where you store your coffee. Each time you take it out of the cool temperature, you are exposing it to fluctuating temperatures, producing condensation. The condensation sucks out the flavor, so store your coffee in the cupboard and in an airtight container to prevent condensation.