Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Coffee filters

I'm in meetings all day today in Richmond. How can doing nothing but listening for hours be so exhausting? So I leave you with this little gem:

Coffee filters... who knew there were so many other uses for them! You can buy 100s of them at the Dollar Tree for a buck.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.
2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome. Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.
3. Protect china by separating your dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.
4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
6. Apply shoe polish: ball up a lint-free coffee filter and rub on the polish.
7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.
11. Prevent a popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.
12. Do you think you need expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters.
13. Put a few on a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.
14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."
15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.
16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.
17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie up fresh herbs in for soups and stews.
18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.
19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.
20. Hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.
21. Use them to protect Christmas ornaments for storage.
22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

Crush du Jour: Mark Teixeira


Bob said...

Also, moisten them with a little warm water and then
......................................................................shove them in your ears during boring meetings and nod knowingly every once in a while.
No one will be the wiser.

Cubby said...

Straining soup stock is a brilliant idea. I'll be putting that one to use soon.

John Gray said...

I love handy hints........

especially the one about keeping your grandmas dentures....

they make wonderful pastry cutters!!!

behrmark said...

Is #12 from personal experience? BEHR HUGS!! :)

Michael Rivers said...

I think I should print out this list and tape it to the inside of my kitchen cupboard!

wcs said...

Um, and then you could always use them to make coffee... ;)

RAD said...

wow..who knew! I better head out to dollar tree to pick up my 1000 pack!

Tom said...

I have stopped using fingernail polish... But hey, thanks for the tips! hehehehe, oh and by the way, Kelly is my all time fav...



Sam said...

What great ideas? I had no idea. There's a dollar store on every corner in my "transitional" neighborhood, so I'll stock up.

Kyle said...

Wow, that is quite a list!