Kitchen Tips - Alternative Uses For Coffee Filters

Woodbury customer Barb P. sent me an email with alternative uses for, of all things, coffee filters!

It is something that most of us already have in our cupboard, so here are some additional uses for this pantry staple. Read them and enjoy the benefits of this inexpensive product. Who knew?

  • Coffee FiltersCover bowls or dishes with an inverted coffee filter when cooking in the microwave to prevent splatters. No more mess!
  • Clean windows, mirrors and chrome; coffee filters are lint-free.
  • Protect china by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.
  • If you break the cork when opening a bottle of wine, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
  • Place a coffee filter in a cast iron skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
  • Use to apply shoe polish.
  • After using oil for frying, strain the oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
  • If a recipe calls for a certain number of ounces, place the ingredient in a coffee filter and weigh on a kitchen scale.
  • Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods like tacos.
  • Line your planters with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.
  • Prevent a Popsicle from dripping by poking the stick through the center of the coffee filter.
  • Use to drain fried foods after cooking, such as bacon, French fries or chicken fingers.
  • Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.
  • Use a coffee filter to strain soup stock or to tie fresh herbs in before adding to soups and stews.
  • Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and to clean up small counter spills.
  • To cut down on the number of bowls you have to wash when cooking, use coffee filters to hold dry ingredients or cut fruits and veggies.
  • Wrap Christmas ornaments for storage to help prevent breakage.
  • Use to remove fingernail polish instead of cotton balls.
  • To sprout seeds when planting a garden, dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold filter and seal in a plastic baggie until they sprout.
  • Use as a disposable snack bowl for popcorn, chips, etc.
  • Oh, and they are great to use in your coffee maker, too!

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