Weekly Bits: Cool Java Tricks, Sweet & Savory Melon and More

Last week, you (the readers) shared great tips on healthier chicken salad recipes and making baby food at home. This week: DIY frozen treats, the perfect cold brew and creative ways to dress up your watermelon.
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Last week, you (the readers) shared great tips on healthier chicken salad recipes and making baby food at home. This week: DIY frozen treats, the perfect cold brew and creative ways to dress up your watermelon.

Here are this week's top comments from our blog and Facebook page:

"My cold brewing steps are very simple and I love the outcome! I use the popular recipe from the New York Times and use it as low key as it gets - soak [coffee grains] overnight in a bowl covered in plastic wrap and strain by using my coffee filter holder from my coffee machine." — Sarah

[Get the New York Times recipe.]

"You can also boil them and put them in a blender with some avocados and some mild chilies and you have a creamier green sauce for tacos, burritos, tortillas chips, rolled tacos. Good stuff." — Eva

"Instead of buying the popsicle mold, you can make minis by using ice cube trays. Just stick a spoon in when they are halfway frozen." — Stephanie

"You've got to try [adding] pico de gallo (dry seasoning) and a squeeze of lime!" — Krystie, via Facebook

"Mix lime juice, honey and freshly grated ginger and drizzle on top." — Allison, via Facebook

"Try freezing your tomatoes. I make salsa and stewed tomatoes as well as hot sauce. Put it into freezer bags and into the freezer it goes. Tastes as fresh as the day I made it when it comes out and SO much easier than canning -- quicker too!" — Shirley

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