Five Ways to Use a Keurig

I like the simple things in life: a good book, a freshly baked cookie, and a great cup of coffee.

Let’s talk about that cup of coffee. We got on the single cup brew train some time ago. It was first with the Tassimo and only because at the time, they were selling Starbucks pods exclusively. Well, that contract ended and Keurig started distributing Starbucks K-Cups. What do you think we did? Yep, we ditched that Tassimo and got ourselves our first Keurig. Because STARBUCKS.

I say first because our original died out on us. I can’t remember what happened exactly. Something with the water reservoir. Anyway, Keurig replaced it for free. Our current one is starting to get a little loud. Those who have one are probably familiar with that laboring sound it makes. It’s funny…in the mornings, I usually feel like what it sounds like! Anyway, I think I remember the Brew Over Ice reps telling me at BlogHer that the newer Keurig models are quieter.


I thought I’d ask on my Facebook page for suggestions on what to do with the Keurig and what their favorite K-Cups are. Here’s five really cool ways to use your Keurig.

· Mary wrote that she uses the Keurig to make hot tea. I don’t know why it never dawned on me to brew hot water! I make hot tea using tea bags at least three or four times a week and I always microwave – which I don’t love doing – my water. This is a game changer for me.

· I’m not a Cup O’ Noodles fan but a lot of people use the Keurig to make instant soups and ramen noodles. Know a college student living in a dorm? They live on that stuff, don’t they? How awesome would one of the smaller Keurig models be for just that.

· Instant oatmeal on busy mornings? Boom. Promise you’ll think of me tomorrow when you are making your breakfast.

· Maybe the most brilliant of answers came from Charity. As a new mom to twin babies, she would brew hot water to warm bottles! And then she mentioned that when she needs really hot water, fast, to clean up a sticky mess…guess where she gets it? Yep, the Keurig.

So while we might be Starbucks snobs in this house, I do occasionally buy different K-Cups to try. I really like Green Mountain Coffee’s Hawaiian Blend and Dunkin’ Donuts, especially their seasonal flavors like Pumpkin. And I love the Celestial Seasonings Brew Over Ice Black Tea (which is exceptionally hard to find for some reason). Because you did know you can make iced tea with the Keurig too, right?

Natalie shared that Trader Joe’s is now selling K-Cups that are pretty tasty and that Donut Shop is one of her favorite go-to coffees. My friend Anna says she especially likes Green Mountain Coffee’s Wild Blueberry in her Bulletproof Coffee recipe (for the no-sugar, Paleo crowd).

Tell me how you use your Keurig if you don’t use it for coffee!

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  1. I’d like to see a gift certificate for a cleaning service for my house under the tree. It’s a pipe dream I know, but a girl’s gotta have a dream. If not a cleaning service, then a mommy’s helper to come once a week so I can clean or nap. Probably nap first, though.

  2. Tatiana Zecher says:

    I’d love a new computer for school, or a new car if I’m shooting really high, but a Keurig would be really nice!

  3. I would really like a new kindle this year i got one like two years ago and its beyond outdated not and my niece and nephew have completely taken it over.

  4. Instant oatmeal. Brilliant. I suddenly want to experiment with Keurig alternative uses.

    But, that’s not important. What’s important is that I want that Kindle Paperwhite. I have a KitchenAid I love, and a Keurig, too. I need the Kindle and I’m golden.

  5. I never thought of using it for oatmeal, that’s handy! I do make tea a lot though!

  6. I would to see pressure cooker

  7. The kitchen aid mixer is an awesome item now that i’m doing more homemade cooking and baking 🙂

  8. Winner, winner chicken dinner!

  9. I’d most like the mixer. We don’t have a good one

  10. Jan Sebastian says:

    I’d love to find a Keurig or a kitchen aid mixer!!!!

  11. I would love to see the mixer. I have just gotten into baking with my kids in the last year, and the mixer would sure come in handy.

  12. That’s a tough choice. I think the Kindle but we love our Keurig so much it would be a great gift to give to family!

  13. I would love the Kindle. Its would make for a perfect gift for my son. He loves to read and worn out his nook.

  14. I’d love the Kitchen Aid mixer!! 🙂

  15. Debbie Lavdas says:

    Great giveaway. dreamy to score the KitchenAid Stand Mixer

  16. I would love to see that Keurig under my tree, LOVE!!!! We are a Starbucks family too, but for a change I adore Green Mountain’s Lake and Lodge coffee 🙂 Merry Christmas and thanks for the great giveaway!

  17. I don’t know how i could chose between the three. I would love any of them. 🙂

  18. Instant oatmeal? That is brilliant! Any one of these would be a super rad gift!

  19. The Kindle hands down. I looooove to read. Anywhere and everywhere. I’d love it everyday. Happy holidays

  20. I’d love to find a Keurig. I never knew it was so versatile!

  21. Oh Keurig, how I love thee…. bought for quick coffee, and used more than any other appliance in my kitchen. I’ve made instant potatoes, soup, even stovetop type stuffing (brew into measuring cup, dump appropriate ammount into covered casserole, let stand for five, perfect not so mushy but not crunchy texture). LOVE this thing.

  22. Cash's Mama says:

    We use our keurig to make hot chocolate!! Quick and easy and oh so yummy…especially with a splash of flavored creamer!

  23. My sister told me she uses her Keurig pods at least twice. Now I find some of the stronger coffees I can use 3 times. What a huge savings for me.

  24. I always use my Keurig to make hot chocolate. I use the regular packets and then use my Kuerig to add the hot water. 🙂

  25. A new KitchenAid Mixer would be nice!!! Keurig would not be bad, either…

  26. Mary Kay Lyons-McDonnell says:

    We have a Q-cup, I’m sad that I wasn’t in on the purchase, it was a cheaper Model, but everyone has K-cups, not Q-cups… But we can get it on line. My favorite is the the Green Mountain Breakfast Blend. So good, but now we ran out so I have to drink whats left, before we can get more. I’ll have to put in on my Christmas list. lol Thanks for all the great tips. I like your blog!!

  27. I recently purchased a keurig 500 ad i love it my daugther is not a big fan of oatmeal so i just make a big hole in her nuk cup drop some hot water from my coffe machine add the oatmeal let it cook for a min add milk and vuala!! She eats it all

  28. We just bought a Keurig 2.0 for our household… I’m officially hooked on coffee. I love the donut shop cups. I add almond milk and a little sugar free vanilla syrup, and it’s better than anything else you can buy. I also love chai tea latte. They’re my go to cups now. I’ve only owned it about 2 weeks, and I’ve probably used around 40 cups already. lol. I use it to make tea at night, too. I noticed I could do that within the first couple of days I bought it. I find that when I make tea, it’s best to let it run a hot water serving through, and dump it out. Otherwise, it tastes like coffee flavored water. Then, I run it again and get a clean water for tea. Sleepy time tea by yogi is my favorite.


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