If you’re even a casual coffee aficionado, chances are you already have more than a passing familiarity with the French Press coffeemaker. These coffeemakers are cheap, compact, easy to use, classy-looking, and they make a brew that is much stronger and tastier than more expensive autodrip coffeemakers. What you may not know is that the French Press is a true multi-tasker; it does a whole lot more than make coffee. Read on to discover the top five amazing tricks and hacks you didn’t know your French Press could do.
1. How to a French Press Coffeemaker as a Teapot
This hack might seem obvious, but it’s worth a mention: What the French Press does for coffee, it also does for tea. To make a great pot of tea with a French Press, just add one rounded teaspoon of loose-leaf tea for every cup, plus one more for the pot. Add boiling water, steep to desired strength, then push the plunger to strain out the spent leaves. Not only will it taste great, but loose-leaf tea expires later and is often cheaper than tea bags.
2. How to use a French Press Coffeemaker as a Milk Frother
Nothing compliments coffee quite like a few spoonfuls of hot, frothy milk. Luckily, it turns out you can make both the coffee and the frothed milk with the same French Press. To froth some milk, first heat it up in either the microwave or over the stove, making sure not to bring it to a boil. Then put it in the carafe of the French Press, no more than half full– to give room for all that foam, of course. Pull the plunger up and down rapidly, and the fine wire mesh of the filter will whip that milk into foam faster than any pricey espresso machine ever could.
3. How to use a French Press Coffeemaker as a Colander
This hack should appeal to the college dorm crowd. If you want to make a nice dinner of spaghetti or macaroni, but your kitchen is more likely to have a hot plate and some ketchup packets than a colander for straining pasta, do not fear: The same French Press that serves you life-sustaining caffeine during all night study sessions will also help separate your cooked pasta from the water. Simply pour the pasta and water into the French Press, put the plunger in place– without pressing down– and pour the water back out. What’s left is just the pasta, ready to be sauced and served.
4. How to use a French Press Coffeemaker as a Juice Strainer
Few things satisfy like an ice cold glass of fresh orange juice. Unfortunately, that usually means putting up with a mouthful of orange pulp after every sip. Enter the French Press. To take the pulp out of fresh juice, just strain it with the plunger the same way you would a pot of coffee. The hack works for more than just orange juice, too. If you have a neighbor with an excess of apples or pears, try liquefying them in a blender or food processor, then pressing and straining out the juice with your French Press. It will not disappoint.
5. How to use an Extra French Press Plunger as a DIY Coffee Catcher
Even if you’re already a French Press convert, you may not know that an extra French Press plunger can help make after-coffee cleanup a lot quicker and easier. Rather than dropping twenty dollars on a device like the Coffee Catcher, just take the extra wire mesh filter and place it at the bottom of the carafe before you add the ground coffee beans and hot water. Then brew, strain, and serve the coffee as usual. When you’re done, screw the rod back into the extra filter and slowly pull it out of the carafe. All of the spent coffee grounds will come out with it, so there’s no need to dump the grounds down the drain or hunch over the trash bin with a spoon.
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