Jars Are The New Placemat

July 2, 2011

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OIAJ. Ball. Dog jars. Mini jars. Portable jars. Shelf jars. Storage jars.

So useful yet also so fun.

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Today I pulled my cold brewed coffee out of the fridge. I strained it once (the directions said twice, but I like it thick and french-pressy!), spilled it, watered it 50% and tasted.

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GOOD! I don’t think it was QUITE as good as formerly brewed – I may have diluted it a little too much even though I did less than the instructions said. The brew is a concentrate you’re supposed to dilute by half.

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Cold Brewed Coffee

  • 1/3 cup grounds in a jar.
  • Top with 1.5 cups cold water.
  • Cover, store in fridge overnight.
  • In AM, pour through filter twice.
  • Add equal parts coffee + water to a mug of ice.
  • Drink.

Definitely good though!!

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Paired with OIAJ made in a Great Harvest sample jar! I don’t think I had more than a taste of the actual nut butter, but eating overnight oats in a jar is my favorite technique. Something about the cylinder shape of the food!

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The Mix

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Pinch salt
  • Sprinkle cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 small ripe banana
  • Cville Cluster Granola (Can’t.Get. Enough!)
  • Raspberries

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Matt got called into work at 4AM for some production confusion and left me a message that he needs me sooner rather than later, so I postponed my run until tomorrow and am headed in now. The ups and downs of owning your own business!

Relaxing dinner planned tonight – then 2 whole days off!!

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1 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

When my bro in law was in college he only had ball jars to drink out of and I remember thinking that it was so wierd — now I have my own set! They are so cute and fun to eat/drink out of.

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2 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass July 2, 2011 at 7:52 am

Not sure cold brewed is worth the effort. I like to just make a pot for the week and keep it in the fridge. Making it a little stronger does the trick for preventing watered down taste from the ice.

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3 Josie@ The Skinny Way Of Life July 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I do the same thing! another good trick, freeze extra coffee in ice cube trays so instead of having watered down coffee you just have melted cold coffee! : )

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4 Michele July 2, 2011 at 7:52 am

This is a bizarre question… but I’ve noticed a LOT of food and health bloggers drink their coffee iced. Is that just a taste/preference thing, or is the cold brew better for you?

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5 KathEats July 2, 2011 at 8:03 am

Just a taste / temperature thing!

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6 Nan July 2, 2011 at 8:05 am

I personally just can’t take hot coffee in the good ol’ summertime, but still love the taste and want the caffeine, so I switch to iced during the hotter time of the year. :)

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7 Amy July 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

I have to have hot coffee in the morning and (in the summer) iced in the afternoon. Iced coffee in the morning feels wrong to me. :)

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8 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 2, 2011 at 7:53 am

I had no idea you could cold brew coffee – neat!

You’re single-handedly making jars the new thing. LOL! :)

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9 Khushboo July 2, 2011 at 7:53 am

I love this post, especially it is getting me super excited about my own OOIAJ for breakfast tomorrow…although I’ve really scraped that baby down so hopefully its still as peanut buttery as I would like :)

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10 Cait's Plate July 2, 2011 at 7:54 am

Yay for two whole days off! I definitely have an OIAJ planned in the future with an almost empty sunflower butter jar ;)

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11 Julie H. July 2, 2011 at 8:00 am

I’m glad you decided to go on a berry love kick….. It makes my mouth drool EVERY day you put them on here!
I love your heading; jars are my favorite!

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12 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 2, 2011 at 8:05 am

I use jars for everything! storage, eating out of, etc :) your OIAJ looks delish! I’ve never seen that flavour of naturally nutty before!

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13 Hillary July 2, 2011 at 8:10 am

I’ve started collecting jars just because I like looking at them—well, and they’re versatile too!

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14 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

I LOVE jars! That looks like a perfect combination for oats in a jar! YUM!

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15 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs July 2, 2011 at 8:13 am

I constantly have tea cold brewing in the fridge! I think you can just cold brew the same amount that you would normally hot-brew, it should be fine? Also raspberries for life. <3

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16 Kara July 2, 2011 at 8:20 am

I use the Bodum Iced coffee french press-you make it quite strong but don’t dilute it. I love it!

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17 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey July 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

I have perfected my cold-brew technique this way, as well. I just got the new Bodum 51 oz French Press, (w/the flat storage lid!) and am loving being able to make so much at one time. I was doing it 2.5 days at a time in my regular ‘ol Bodum.
I never dilute! :)

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18 Molly @ RDexposed July 2, 2011 at 8:25 am

LOVE the title! I just had a patient ask me if I follow a CHO controlled diet. All I could think of was how many CHOs are in my overnight oats. I sadly had to tell her no for breakfast.

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19 Lindsay July 2, 2011 at 8:26 am

We use jars for everything! I seek out things in the grocery store that are in jars just to buy them, ha ha. I love the ice coffee, the hubs and I had one as we jaunted around Seoul today!
Owning your own business is just so exciting, we are really loving reading about each step!

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20 kaila @ healthy helper! July 2, 2011 at 8:33 am

Lovin’ those raspberries on top! I haven’t had any yet this summer and now I reeeeally want some!

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21 Meaghan O'Connor (My Spoonful of Inspiration) July 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

Your jars are always so beautiful! :)

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22 The Teenage Taste July 2, 2011 at 8:40 am

There is nothing like a cool, refreshing breakfast on a hot day! :-D

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23 katie @KatieDid July 2, 2011 at 8:44 am

I have a crazy jar obsession too. I collect them from all sorts of thrift shops and keep them displayed in my room with decorations in and around them. I also store tons of food in some in my kitchen, drink and eat out of them, and just generally love the vintage feel of them! Have a good one Kath!

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24 Stephanie @ StephSnacks July 2, 2011 at 8:45 am

So cute! Loving the jars!

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25 Amy July 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

I just brew a pot of coffee, let it chill and then transfer into a jug… works like a charm!

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26 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 2, 2011 at 8:56 am

I love the mason jars. Who knew they’d become so stylish? :)

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27 Sarah@The Flying ONION July 2, 2011 at 9:04 am

I always drink hot coffee, no matter how warm it gets. But you have me craving iced, with your ball jars! :D

Lovin’ the raspberries too. *Sigh*. Summer is so grand.

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28 Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 2, 2011 at 9:06 am

I’ve just finished an almond butter jar for my overnight oats tomorrow :)

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29 Jennifer July 2, 2011 at 9:07 am

I love those jars! What a great way to store things. They look so neat and organized. I’m sure today will fly by and then you get to enjoy 2 days off. It will feel like a weekend. :)

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30 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 2, 2011 at 9:12 am

I finished the same peanut butter recently. It was quite devastating as there’s not a GH near me!

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31 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 2, 2011 at 9:20 am

Raspberries! I miss raspberries so much. Reallly wishing I had some to enjoy with breakfast this morning now.

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32 Kim July 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

I should prob start making my own iced coffee. I feel so pretentious when I go to cafes and prefer iced lattes over iced coffees, and its getting to be quite the $$ habit

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33 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

My apologies! I scraped that nut butter jar clean and then realized you’d want some leftover! I need to break the habit :).

I wonder if it would taste better/stronger if you brewed it in hot water instead of cold. I always assumed coffee grounds needed hot water to develop the flavor.

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34 KathEats July 2, 2011 at 10:13 am

Yeah, big mistake. BIG.

:)

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35 Shana July 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

I am so drinking coffee out of a mason jar while I’m reading this! Great post!

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36 Mai July 2, 2011 at 10:07 am

LOVE overnight oats! It’s the only way I can eat oats in this hot weather.

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37 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 2, 2011 at 10:09 am

I love iced coffee as a special treat :) The ball jars make it fun!

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38 Cait @ Beyond Bananas July 2, 2011 at 10:13 am

I need to get some storage jars. For many reasons. One of them being storage. and the other being awesome creations like this! Love the iced coffee :)

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39 birdie to be July 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

Thanks for the coffee tutorial! I will cold brew that right next to my OIAJ! :) Happy 4th!

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40 Amy July 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

I drove by Great Harvest at 5:30 this morning and saw all the lights on! :)

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41 kari July 2, 2011 at 10:31 am

i’ve always read that you’re supposed to brew the coffee at room temperature overnight, which might also help make it stronger if that’s your preference. just a thought!

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42 rumfunandsun July 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

I just can’t get down with cold coffee! But the Oats look good! Hope you get your run in tomorrow!

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43 Lee @ in the pink of condition July 2, 2011 at 10:48 am

Your jars are just lovely!

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44 lynn @ the actor's diet July 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

i do love eating out of jars. so much more fun!

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45 Sara K July 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

How innovative! I love looking for new ways to drink my beloved mornin’ java- especially with the heat of summer!

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46 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

I need to try OIAJ!! and stat.

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47 Abby July 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

I need to get myself some of that Naturally Nutty PB! The Butter Toffee flavor sounds bomb!

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48 Bee Goes Bananas July 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

I love mason jars! They’re so versitile!

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49 Christine July 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

I love this idea. I recently decided that I love iced coffee (I”ve been a long-standing hot coffee hater) and have no room for an actual coffee maker. I could get on board with this, though.

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50 Erin July 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

I have been making my iced coffee this way for awhile now, I really like that it takes the bitterness and acidity you get from brewed coffee that is made into iced. However, the first couple times I diluted it with 50% water and then just stopped doing that because I felt it watered it down too much. I think just a splash of water or a splash of milk makes it perfect!

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51 Pat July 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

I grew up drinking iced coffee in the summer. My mom always used some of the left over coffee to make ice cubes – that way the cubes don’t dilute the coffee at all. And for special occasions she’d add a scoop of coffee ice cream to the glass! :)

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52 Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 2, 2011 at 11:57 am

I haven’t had OIAJ in WAY too long!!!
Poor Matt!! I don’t see how he runs on so little sleep!

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53 Margo @ Peanut Butter Trees July 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

MMm coold coffee sounds so good, I’ll have to try this recipe out. I love jars too, I find myself hording them away and not using half of them, but they are just so handy for so many food and drink items on the go!

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54 Fran July 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Really starting to get a feel for OOIAJ. First few times I tried it, I ended up heating it in the microwave because it didn’t taste right cold. I had been making it without yogurt. That made all the difference in the world. Made it with Chobani lemon Greek yogurt. Added blueberries. Actually just ate it for lunch…yum…

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55 KathEats July 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I think the yogurt is KEY!

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56 Fran July 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

You are SO right!! Thanks!

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57 Stephanie @ Love Life Project July 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Cold coffee in a jar? Love it! I don’t even like coffee, but if you gave it to me in a jar with ice cubes, I’d guzzle it right down.

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58 Susan July 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Have you seen Pioneer Woman’s iced coffee concentrate? I made half a batch a couple of weeks ago. It made just over three quarts and it lasted me two work weeks. Love it!

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59 Jackie & that deep breath July 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Oats in a jar is by far my favorite breakfast. Not sure about overnight oats though, im still trying combinations I enjoy

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60 Erin July 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Love jars! I put pasta salad in them. The Pioneer Woman just did a post about ice coffee and said the same thing! Ice water and grounds overnight, 8 hours, works wonders for iced coffee. Love your blog.

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61 Catherine@happinessafterheartache July 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Love hot coffee, but not in the heat. So, that’s when I drink iced coffee too! But I drink hot coffee black, and iced coffee with either cream and sugar (if I get it at Tim Horton’s) or with non-sugar vanilla syrup.

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62 Hannah July 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I don’t even have the faintest idea where I could find jars like that!

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63 Jen July 3, 2011 at 11:14 am

I see several people have mentioned Pioneer Woman’s iced coffee post, but I think you can take it a step easier for only one person drinking it. I fill the bottom of my french press with coffee grounds, add water, then press the filter down just enough to force all the grounds to be submerged. Leave that on the counter overnight, then press the filter down all the way and serve over ice. No straining, no extra dishes to wash! If there’s any left over, I stick the whole french press in the fridge, and it’s good for a day or two. I also like it stronger, so just add a splash of milk and don’t dilute it with water. This also works great with decaf grounds, or half and half so as to monitor the caffeine levels. Enjoy!

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64 Angel7 July 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I will have to prepare my oats overnight sometime.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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65 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey July 5, 2011 at 10:35 am

I have a jar obsession. (But no mishmash for me. Only Ball. And only with the silver lids and rings). Seriously, is there a support group for this? ;)

I just went nuts reorganizing my kitchen over the long weekend, in order to accommodate all of my jars. I’ve always loved them, but can’t seem to STOP collecting more and more! When I went to visit my Gram last month, I scoured her basement and found TWO of the vintage Ball blue jars. Finding those thrilled me to bits!

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66 Katie Perkins July 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Check out the Bodum iced coffee pitcher. It cold-brews it (which tastes SO much better) and it is french pressed so you still get the great flavors of the beans and roasting in the final brew, without it being watered down. As a former barista, this is what I use in the summer for iced coffee. You can make a pitcher and leave it in the fridge for a couple days so you always have some on hand :)
http://www.amazon.com/Bodum-French-Press-Coffeemaker-51-Ounce/dp/B003NG922U

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67 KathEats July 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

That is awesome. Can you also brew hot coffee or hot tea in it? I might get it!

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68 Katie Perkins July 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm

It can do hot, too! I haven’t used it for hot yet but according to others it works great. The mechanism are the same as a traditional french press; glass pitcher & metal plunger+ filter. The only difference is that this one has a bpa-free plastic exterior casing and comes with a air tight lid so you can keep the coffee you made in the fridge for a few days without it taking on the other smalls in the fridge!

Also, you can do iced tea!

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69 KathEats July 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Sweet. I’ve been needing a new french press and I love that I can get my same green color and that it has extra features. Ordered!!

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