Household item tips using coffee filters

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by Linda Davis

azfamily.com

Posted on June 4, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 22 at 12:47 PM

I can't resist a great "a-ha" moment. The times when you find a great tip or trick that saves time or money or stops frustration. This segment is a collection of those little tips and tricks that have recently found me saying "a-ha."

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Household item tips using coffee filters - I can't resist a great "a-ha" moment. The times when you find a great tip or trick that saves time or money or stops frustration. This segment is a collection of those little tips and tricks that have recently found me saying "a-ha."

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I loved learning how to easily make a filled cupcake by just scooping out a small portion, putting in a yummy filling and popping the "cake plug" back in. With the frosting, no one will know how you did it. Plus, just think of all the things you can use as a filling - pudding, preserves, fruit, custard, whipped cream, peanut butter - oh my!

I also found that using slightly soft ice cream to frost a cupcake in the summer makes for a cool treat. Just put it in the freezer for about an hour after frosting to firm up the ice cream again and you have mini ice cream cakes. This one got a big thumbs up from my honorary taste tester, my hubby Bill.

Some of my favorite tips often involve unusual uses for ordinary household items. Not too long ago we replaced our regular coffee maker with one of those new one single cup brewers. It doesn't need coffee filters, which left me with stacks in my cupboard. Days later I got this great list of handy things to do with them other than brew coffee from my friend Sandy. Here's the list, including several I didn't show in the segment. Thanks Sandy!

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave.

2. Clean windows and mirrors. They're lint-free so they'll leave glass sparkling.

3. Protect your fine China dishes. Separate your good dishes by putting 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 with a 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.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods if you're monitoring your diet. 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 but still allowing water through.

11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter for neater kids.

12. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them to absorb grease.

13. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."

You know what? It might be worth keeping them around just for some of these uses. I also love them as easy popcorn lap bowls when sharing a large popcorn.

Take a few minutes and watch the rest of the segment for my other fun discoveries. There, now I've made brain space to start learning more handy tips and tricks to share. Thanks always for tuning in!

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