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Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Coffee Filter & Thinking, Drinking and Being Merry

In recovering from yet another road trip, this time back to St. Louis to watch my Cardinals knock the Padres back to their cloisters, I find it practical to share these practical applications of the common Coffee Filter.

Being practical is part of Thinking! Having coffee is part of Drinking! Saving money is part of Being Merry!

I would like to thank Sir Richard who sent this email to me while on the road.


1. Coffee filters make excellent covers. Cover bowls and dishes when cooking in the microwave.

2. Clean windows and mirrors. Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China. 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 through a coffee 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. 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.

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

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters.

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc. on them. They soak out all the grease.

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

I'm heading down to the Dollar Store, or if I was back in England a Poundland, to buy some today.

Sir Hook the Practical (Well, sometimes) of Warrick


  1. Good, practical tips. My favorite kind.

  2. # 15 Lovely Hat for Sir Bowie
    ( he'll wear anyhing )

    Sir Dayvd
    (Practically Certifiable )
    of ummmmmmmmm O

  3. #16 Cheap alternative to Depends.

    Sir Hook DON'T Eat the Yellow Snow of Warrick

  4. What? You're supposed to put something in that coffee maker basket before putting in the coffee? Damn, all these years chewing my coffee!!!

    Coffee Filter Cricket Hats!
    Tough to top that -- pardon the pun.

    Drinking my coffee
    While reading Sunday paper
    Filtering out the waste

    Sir Bowie "back to the grind" of Greenbriar