Can you freeze coffee grounds? : LUSENET : Country Families : One Thread

This past Sunday my husband opened a 3# can of Maxwell House, fixed himself 2 cups of coffee and then announced he wasn't going to drink anymore! He has much more will power than I do so I believe him. The problem is I don't drink coffee either and we seldom have company who want coffee. I don't have anyone to give it to and hate to waste it. Is it possible to freeze the fresh coffee grounds and how long would they keep? If I do freeze it I would probably put it in several containers (zip lock bags?) so I don't have to take it all out at once. Thanks for the help!

-- Barb in Ky. (, February 07, 2002


Barb of coarse you can freeze coffee grounds!!!!! Works great----I have lost some in the botton of the freezer & who knows how long they were there----just as good as if they were just bought!! I bought coffee on sale & needed to fill space in one of my freezers-- -so used the coffee----worked great!!!

-- Sonda in Ks. (, February 07, 2002.

Sonda, thanks! I was concerned about the quality after frozen, don't want to serve company yucky coffee!

-- Barb in Ky. (, February 07, 2002.

Actually I think freezing is the reccommended method if you are storing it for a long time.

-- Melissa in SE Ohio (, February 07, 2002.

Also keep a bit of it in a sprinkle type spice bottle ready to use for coloring gravies.

-- mitch hearn (, February 07, 2002.

My source authority on all things food related (my Mom)has done this for years with no problems whatsoever. Anything truly airtight will work, I'm told. I hope this helps.

-- Gary in Indiana (, February 07, 2002.

Thanks everyone! Mitch does that give the gravy a coffee taste at all? I HATE the taste of coffee!

-- Barb in Ky. (, February 07, 2002.

Morning all. Thats where I keep my coffee. In the door of the freezer in a tall tupperware keeper. It stays fresh like a just open can until I use it up. Blessings Peggy

-- peggy (, February 07, 2002.

Resident Chef here.....Freezing coffee is a BIG BAD no no.... When you freeze coffe, the oils are " dried " from the grounds. Much in the same manner they make freeze dried coffee. Once the oil is removed, the coffee will loose its " coffee flavor ". The best way to store coffee, is in mason jars. Fill them to the top, and add a piece of wax paper. Screw on the lid, and store in a cool, dark , dry place. Happy brewing.

-- Kristean Thompson (, February 07, 2002.

P.S. , peggy , the reason this method works for you is you are storing for a short time, right? If you drink coffee everyday, then it wont take long to empty a container. But Barb is talking about long storage.

-- Kristean Thompson (, February 07, 2002.

I guess the question is, why would you even want the nasty stuff in your house? Yuck. The only use I've ever seen for coffee is to make a poultice along with vinegar for sinus troubles. Gary loves coffee, I can't even open a new can of it without geting sick.

-- Cindy (SE. IN) (, February 08, 2002.

I agree Cindy, it's nasty stuff. I HATE coffee and always have! I just keep it on hand for company and especially my MIL. She always has to have some.

-- Barb in Ky. (, February 08, 2002.

I was wondering about the same thing this weekend regarding coffee. We have our inlaws over about once every 3 months and they are the ones that drink coffee. So, how do I store grounded coffee for 3 months! Hope to hear from you.

-- Sharon K (, August 19, 2002.

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