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Ask BettyCupcakes: Keurig Quandries and a Crock Pot London Broil Question


November 6, 2013 by BettyCupcakes

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Ask BettyCupcakes | Keurig Question & Crock Pot London Broil |

Hey y’all!  I’ve gotten a couple of questions from readers so I thought I’d pop in this afternoon and share a couple of kitchen tips. 

Keurig Quandries

Lisa writes: “So I am in need of your infinite wisdom surrounding Keurigs and the brew your own business. So I bought those filter things to make my own k-cups. I bought the one Keurig makes, just to make sure I didn’t buy a knock off and it would work right. But what am I doing wrong?! The coffee never tastes good when I make it like that. I think I have assembled it right, but the coffee always tastes watered down and there is residue in my cup (looks like chocolate from chocolate milk!) I know you are a pro at this….any tips?!”

Hey Lisa!

There is definitely a bit of a learning curve when it comes to the Keurig.  I find that its important to fill the My K-Cup up with a coffee that is medium ground.  Essentially, if you buy coffee in the grocery store that is already ground that’s what it should look like.  If they coffee is ground too finely, it will fall through the sieve and muddy up your brew.

A light roast coffee is generally too bland for the Keurig.  The main reason for this is that the water and coffee don’t steep together long enough to impart a rich flavor.  A medium roast or bold roast coffee is your best bet.

Another suggestion is to brew the coffee on a smaller setting.  Less water = bolder flavor.

I will be honest, there’s usually a touch of residue in the bottom of my cup once I’m done.  However, the coffee residue is generally settled at the bottom of the cup and I just dump the last sip or so to avoid slurping it.

So, to sum up, here’s how to keep your Keurig coffee from tasting like dirty water:

  • Use a medium ground coffee
  • Skip the light roast coffees and head straight for a bold blend
  • Brew the coffee on a smaller setting

For tips on how to save money while still using your Keurig, check out this post!

How to Save Money and Still Use Your Keurig |

Hope this helps!


Your totally over-caffeinated friend

Crock Pot London Broil: Turning one dish into an entire meal

Ashley writes: “Do you think I would be able to throw in potatoes and carrots with this recipe? I would love to cook everything together!” 

Crock Pot London Broil |

Hi Ashley!

Yes, you can definitely add some root veggies and maybe even some onions to my Crock Pot London Broil to make it into a one pot meal.  This is by far one of the most popular recipes on BettyCupcakes and if you try it, you’ll know why.  Just 4 ingredients yields meltingly tender beef.

Two ways to turn Crock Pot London Broil into a one pot meal:

  • Add a layer of onions to the bottom of the crock pot before adding the London broil, seasonings, and beer.  Then, surround the meat when your veggies and cook for the same amount of time as the original recipe calls for.  
  • Chop all of your veggies into bite-sized pieces.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and other seasonings of choice.  Wrap in aluminum foil and place on top of the London Broil once all the other ingredients are added.  Cook for the same amount of time as the original recipe calls for.  

Some people love the beefy flavor of veggies cooked directly with the meat in the Crock Pot, some people find it a bit overwhelming.  Either way, adding veggies to your Crock Pot London Broil is not a bad idea.


Your originally from Texas, beef-loving Betty

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  • I use beer for my corned beef and Coke for my other roasts. Wonderful!! Thanks for sharing, this looks delish!

  • Britni says:

    Such a great idea!

  • Good to know about brewing your own k cups – I just got one of those! :)

  • DesignedByBH says:

    Oh, I am so trying your London Broil recipe…
    And I 100% agree with your Keurig tips. I haven’t used the make-your-own filter (because I only have access to the Keurig at work), but I am NOT a weak coffee person, so the coffee I get is extra-bold and smaller than normal.
    I love your first post in this series!!!! :)

  • Great tips! Thanks for sharing at the DBB!

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