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French press brewed coffee guide

After using Mr. Coffee brewing machine for a while, I decided to switch to a non-plastic based method for brewing coffee. The reason was simple: I don’t want my family to be drinking byproducts of plastic components (e.g. BPA) in their coffee. One or two day of use shouldn’t affect health, but using it over many years is a different story. So, I took out the old French press, which is all glass and decided to give it a go. Noting the procedure here after a little research, so I don’t forget it. This does make much stronger coffee, so adjust the amount of coffee to suit your needs.

  1. Prepare 60 ~ 65 grams of very coarse ground of coffee (little more than 3/4 cups of coffee), and 1 liter of water.
  2. Pour coffee grind into a clean (and dry) French press.
  3. Pour in the water as soon as it starts to boil into the press and stir thoroughly, but gently, at about 40 seconds.
  4. Close lid and wait 7 minutes.
  5. SLOWLY press down on the press. Do not agitate the coffee beans. They’ve been brewed completely by now, and no need to get the bitter parts into the final product.
  6. Enjoy.

야채죽 만들기

  1. 다시마, 멸치, 버섯으로 육수를 낸다.
  2. 들기름을 넉넉히 쳐서 야채 (양파, 호박, 당근)을 올려 볶다가 30분 동안 뿔린 쌀을 넣고 투명해 질때까지 볶는다.
  3. 육수를 넣고 팔팔 끓여주고 약불에서 20분정도 더 끓이 다가 걸죽해지면 새우젓 (1/2 TSP) 을 넣는다.
  4. 김, 깨등을 솔솔 넣어준다.

Preparing an oatmeal breakfast

  1. Boil a cup (or little more) water to bubble (ratio: 1:2 oats-to-liquid). I usually use a cup of water with a half cup of oatmeal.
  2. Add a bowl of rolled raw oatmeal and bring the heat down to LOW for simmering.
    1. Add a pinch of salt and other powdered spices
    2. Wait 5 minutes (swirl every minute or so with a wooden spoon so they don’t stick to the bottom) – time can vary depending on your heat and the size of the pot
  3. Serve it in your favorite bowl
  4. Add your poison mix, milk, and toppings. Just don’t over do anything.
  5. Enjoy

Notes to have it stay healthy:

  • A half-cup of oatmeal is considered to be 1 serving (150 cal)
  • Instead of sugar or honey, try  cinnamon, (unsweetened) cocoa powder, or vanilla extract
  • Use fresh or frozen fruit rather than dried fruit (they have more calories)
  • Don’t overdo sweets or nuts

Some recommendations for topping:

  • Apples, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, banana
  • Walnuts, pecans
  • Kimchi (probiotics!)
  • Fried or boiled egg (protein!)