There are so many uses for coffee filters besides making coffee. They are great for cleaning, crafts, and organizing items just to name a few. This is a guide about uses for coffee filters.
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Use for coffee filters, other than making coffee.
By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX
Coffee filters are a very thrifty product to have in your kitchen. Not only for filtering the grounds on coffee, but try opening a few on your plate to drain fries and other fried foods. Also excellent to use to clean windows and mirrors. Good to use to dust. I also use to cover food in the microwave. I bet you can now think of other ways to use these cheap circles.
Put cheap coffee filters (often 200 for a $1 here) to use as taco holders. Hold the taco in it to your mouth as you would without it and it catches the"fall out"! Quite a lot less expensive than napkins!
By melody_yesterday from Sedalia, Missouri
Line dinner plates with coffee filters to dry flower and garden seeds. When the seeds are dry, discard the coffee filters and store the seeds in a container lined with coffee filters.
By Monica from Cortez, CO
A while back, I ran out of clean plates, paper towels, napkins, and paper plates. The only other option that I had, was a cone coffee filter. The one I use the most is size 4, I toast English muffins for my husband's breakfast. I tried placing the already toasted and buttered (jam) inside the pocket of the cone. It worked great, and it kept any mess inside the cone. I think it is such a good idea, and also great for serving children. I think even a cupcake would work, because the extra crumbs could fall inside the cone. You may want to purchase the cone size smaller, depending on the size of the treat. I think it saves many possible messy treats. The cone shape is easy for a child to hold on to. I am not able to send a picture this time. If it disqualifies me, it's OK. I just want to help people.
The silicon cap ended up missing but I'm not going to let that stop me. A rubberband and a coffee filter later and I was enjoying my treat!
By melody_yesterday from Sedalia, MO
Save on paper towels by using round coffee filters instead. They are the size of your hand which is the area you generally use on a paper towel. You can buy filters unbleached too, if you prefer. You get plenty per pack for a dollar and they have a million uses.
As I use them I just set out a new s "section" (they are sort of packaged in layers), on the counter so they are right where I need them.
Source: I changed coffee pots and had plenty left over that I just started to grab
By darli1115 from Chicago, IL
For health reasons we like to use natural brown filters in our 4 cup coffee maker. But often only bleached white filters are available at the store. So we buy the larger brown 8-12 cup size and cut them down.
First the filters are folded in halves or quarters, then with scissors about 1/2 inch is trimmed off the top. We cut 3 filters at a time and they work perfectly in our small basket. Of course the trimmings go into the compost pile along with the spent filters and grounds.
By don from NC
Who would have ever thought you needed a coffee filter to eat BBQ? Well, the last time I was eating BBQ I got so fed up with my paper napkin sticking to my fingers I decided to go to war with the sticky BBQ sauce and found that using a paper coffee filter worked great to use as a BBQ Rib/Bone HOLDER while I ate. I didn't use it like a napkin but as a holder.
By Julie from Trout Valley, IL
If you run out of bags for using loose tea, use a coffee filter. Place the amount of tea you need for a pot or a cup, into the center of the filter. Gather the filter up over the tea and tie it closed with a piece of string. Leave the ends of the string long enough to be able to pull the bag out of the pot or cup when the tea is finished steeping.
By Marie E. from West Dundee, IL
When cleaning windows, use automatic coffee filters instead of paper towels. They work excellently, and they do not leave lint or smears behind. They also stay together
By Thelma mae from Lebanon, TN
Our church has concessions at various auctions. When we sell a sandwich, we have found it very easy to give to a customer wrapped in a cofee filter. Just fold in half and place sandwich inside. It is easy for children to hold, it contains any mess, and it's easy to throw away. It is cheaper than using paper towls. You can also use it to hold cookies or other small snacks.
Putting a coffee filter in each pot or pan before stacking will keep them from scratching each other while in storage.
By Robyn F. from TN
I found after buying a new coffee pot having 2 different size filters. The cone size filters are great as a popsicle holder to prevent drips on hands and clothes. Also, cutting off bottom of cone filter makes a great funnel for dry ingredients, or soil onto a pot.
The basket style filters makes great "bowls" for popcorn, cookies, chips and crackers. Travel bowls in the car for kids or dogs. I also use them, cutting off sides and use the filter bottom in planter pots to prevent soil from falling out.
Coffee filters make great "plates" for cheese and diced onions when making enchiladas. I line up cheese, diced onions and olives for rolling them in the pan.
Coffee filters just to be sturdier than paper towels. They don't fall apart. I also set them under a vase of flowers to catch the little leaves that want to fall.
I don't decorate round layer cakes like I used to, but when putting bottom layer on platter, I will put down cut in half coffee filters all the way around. When done, pull the filters out and cake plate is beautiful!
I save used coffee grounds and egg shells (much to my husband's dismay). To add to the garden. I will lay out the grounds to dry on a filter. Once dried I mix into the soil. Egg shells I crush in the filter and mix into the soil as well.
Lastly, when we have tacos for dinner, whether soft tacos or hard-shell the filters make great "holders" to keep it from becoming a "salad" all over you and the plate.
BEST of all, you can toss them out!
As odd as it sounds, I keep a package of the round coffee filters in my quake kit. If you've ever been in a quake of some size, and seen the debris floating around in the air after, it's not something you want to breathe. Cracked walls could have lead paint particles, etc. Fold the filter in half, and hold over your nose and mouth. It also works for straining drinking water.
You never know how many aftershocks there might be. The filters will hold you over until supplies can be upgraded, but they are not more than an emergency substitute.
Source: numerous emergency preparedness sites.
By Dee Rhodes
Where I live, bell peppers can be rather expensive. I buy them only when they are on sale. I wash them, chop them, then spread them on a cookie sheet. I let a little fan blow on them for about half an hour. This reduces the surface moisture a bit, thereby reducing the formation of ice crystals when I freeze them. I still get enough ice crystals to cause the peppers to stick together.
I found that if after doing the above, I place a coffee filter in the freezer bag and squeeze all air out before sealing, the peppers will have very little ice crystals on them, and all the little pieces will remain separate and even pourable.
When you are ready to give your jams, jellies, and bath salts away, here is an easy doily for the top you can make when you don't have a scrap of material.
Approximate Time: Less than 10 minutes
By Tedebear from San Jose, CA
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What are various uses of coffee filters?
By nfeeney from Bergen County, NJ
Perfect fix to stop bleeding from razor nicks when shaving.
Clean windows, mirrors, television screens and glasses.
Apply shoe polish.
Diffuse the flash on a camera.
Use flattened coffee filters as spacers when you stack your dishes.
Spoon holders while cooking.
Last but not least: Coffee Filters can be used in place of TP! Cheap, takes way less space than TP and biodegradable!
After reading numerous posting here I've been saving coffee grounds, egg shells, veggie peels, etc. My question is how can I reuse the coffee filters? Thanks in advance.
Hardiness Zone: 7a
By Keeper from Blue Ridge Mts., NC
Thank you all for these wonderful suggestions.
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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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By Sandra (05/28/2004)
Can also used to absorb grease from bacon instead of paper towel. (06/06/2004)
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By Ree 127
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)