Thursday, November 3, 2011

New Uses for Coffee Filters

I receive some good email tips from time to time, here are a few.

Coffee filters make excellent covers for bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave.

Separate your good dishes by putting a coffee filter between each dish. 

Place a coffee filter in a stored cast iron skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

After frying, strain the oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter so you can use oil again.

To weigh chopped foods, place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods like tacos.
Line a planter with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.
Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter to prevent a Popsicle from dripping.


  1. I did not know ANY of these tips but Brent used to always want to have a coffee filter as a HAT. This is because where they are stored was an a reachable place to him so he was always dragging them out
    So I am laughing becuase I remembered that I have a pic somewhere of him eating scrambled eggs in his PJ's with a coffee filter on his head!

  2. Love the ideas. Thank you.

  3. Those are some great ideas -- especially that Popsicle one! We eat a lot of Popsicles around her and Amara always ends up with them dripping down her arm. Thanks!

    1. I have seen cupcake papers used for popsicles too.

  4. When our daughters were young, we'd take coffee filters with us to the theater so each girl could line her cup holder and we'd fill it with popcorn from the one big bucket. Also, they were great for holding snacks doled out to my Girl Scout troop.

    I bought a gold filter for my coffee maker about 10 years ago so I've not had to buy coffee filters. With these great ideas, though, I just may have to pick some up. Especially for taco night!

    1. Those are good ideas! I made myself a couple of cloth coffee filters, been using them a while now and they work just fine. I was tired of running out of them then trying to decide how I was going to have my morning coffee! I did a post about it. ;)


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