Ideas and tips for coffee filters.
When preparing foods that might tend to be a bit greasy and you might not have any paper towels to use between your layers of food for absorbing dripping grease, use a couple of new coffee filters. They work the same as paper towels and better than paper napkins, that can tend to stick to foods.
By Terri H. from NV
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Sometimes when I run out of filters for the cone shape coffee maker I use a regular one and just put a little hole in it and it works fine!
By Sandra (05/28/2004)
I use coffee filters as little serving dishes for my grandchildren. I can put their cookies, popcorn, chips in them and there are no bowls to wash. You can use them as a quick doily under desserts or fruit. A lot cheaper too.
By L. Chlds (05/28/2004)
In the Brownies handbook they show you how to make a tie-dye butterfly with coffee filters. It looks so cute. You dip the filter in various colored water and you take a pipe cleaner and wrap around the center after it is dried and the ends stick up to look like antannae.
Craft ideas: the round ones can be decorated by children as snowflakes, or 3 can be made into a snowman. The cone shaped filters can be used to make angels.
Can also used to absorb grease from bacon instead of paper towel. (06/06/2004)
Coffee filters can be used to clean mirrors (07/11/2004)
use them when serving tacos to catch the fallout !
Spray some air freshener on a coffee fiter to dust off the TV screen - no lint ! (10/06/2004)
Use coffee filters for many things other than making coffee. When my grandkids come to visit and have snacks little cut up apples or pretzels or whatever I place them in the coffee filter. Also if I am mixing a small amount of something like cinnamon and sugar I shake it gently in the coffee filter. I'm sure you can think of many other uses. I only buy them when they are on sale. This sure saves me from washing dishes for little things.
By joesgirl (10/17/2004)
Use one as a liner in the new pot when re-potting your plants -- it keeps the finer dirt particles from running out the drain holes in the bottom of the pot. (10/18/2004)
Use filters between plates to prevent scratching. This is especially good for fine china.
You can use it as a filter for wine if you accidentally break the cork when opening the bottle up.
You can line the base of a potted plant to keep the soil from leaking out when you water the plant.
And as said before the filters are lint free! Perfect for anything that requires a good once over for dust or dirt. (05/19/2005)
Use coffee filters to hold dry ingredients when you are baking. You can get everything ready and it doesn't take your entire countertop. There aren't extra bowls to wash!(you just throw the filters away.)
By Angela (06/04/2005)
Push the stick of a popsicle thru a coffee filter to catch the drips.
By Linda (06/16/2005)
At church this year we made coffee filter flowers for mom. Just dip your coffee filter in colored water ( a few drops of water and a couple drops of food coloring). Let them dry. After they dry, cut them out into flowery shapes. I used 2 filters per flower -- smaller coffee filter for the middle. Stick a green pipe cleaner through the center of your two filters and wrap them with scotch tape. Super easy for pre-schoolers to do too. (06/16/2005)
My nine year old is addicted... to dill pickles, that is. The real big ones, that have lots of juice that runs down his arm, to his elbow. So, coffee filters stay in a drawer under where we keep the humongous jar of pickles we buy. He simply puts a filter around his pickle when he takes it from the jar.... no mess.
I use a coffee filter when I make homemade ice tea with mint. I put dried mint into a coffee filter and then tie with string. I put the mint in with the tea bags while it is brewing. You can also use a coffee filter for holding herbs and spices while making soups, stews, etc. (06/17/2005)
We all are on the same page! I too, use coffee filters for almost anything you can use a paper towel for and more. Working with families, I promote this as " A Thing You Need At Home".
Use one to line the potty chair "cup" when potty training toddlers. No messy cleanups! (06/17/2005)
By Katie A.
Use for backing for embroidering soft fabrics, easy to tear away afterwards. machine embroidering also. (06/18/2005)
A coffee filter is just the right size for little hands to use to hold a sandwich. Easier than a napkin!
By Linda (06/24/2005)
At Christmas time or anytime I am entertaining buffet style, I put each slice of cake or pie, a muffin or brownie etc on a coffee filter and arrange on trays. It is easy for someone to just pick up the dessert they want and put it on a plate or just eat it without any fuss.
I also use them when we are having french fries as a snack, After I drain off any excess grease, i make a cone out of the coffee filter and give each person a cone of fries. It is fun! And no dishes to wash! (06/26/2005)
I use coffee filters to drain my bacon drippings through. I save the drippings to flavor other foods. With the coffee filters all the brown bits are strained out.
They can be used as make-shift teabags for loose tea. Secure with a thread or piece of string. (03/30/2006)
By Ree 127
We drink a lot of coffee. I save everything that can be composted. I also save the used coffee filters. I use "used" coffee filters in my potted plants.I just let them dry out. shake the excess coffee off into the compost and store the used filter in an old kleenex box. (12/30/2006)
They are great to use for kids painting...you can let them use watercolors and as they paint on them the colors bleed together and make some interesting patterns...after they are dried...they can be cut and framed in small frams for a child's room to show their handicraft. (01/02/2007)
Coffee filters work great as disposable popcorn bowls (or for other snacks as well). Works great in the classroom or Sunday school.
Also works great to remove makeup, cleanup for a cut. I have dipped it in tea and laid several down on my daughter's leg when sunburned. They go right where you want when wet. Great temporary bandaid or over your eyes with your favorite eye treatment. (07/06/2008)
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