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Coffee Filters……. They’re Not Just For Coffee Pots Anymore!

 

Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for $1.00, even the large ones.

And who knew the many uses from the kitchen to make-up help #12, to razor aids #14, to sewing #15 to stinky shoes #16.

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

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome… Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with 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….. It soaks out all the grease.

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

15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliquéing soft fabrics.

16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car..

19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23. Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a zip-lock plastic bag until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book.

25. Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, etc.

26. Great in the tool room when separating nails and screws then use in to bottom of containers to remove moisture and prevent rust.

OH YEAH!  I ALMOST FORGOT! THEY ARE GREAT TO USE IN YOUR COFFEE MAKERS TOO!

NOTE: Thanks to long time reader and friend here at MTTD, friendwithajob, for sending me this informative and fun piece.

Featured Recipe      Pears and Dried Cherries With Chocolate Sauce

I haven’t shared a dessert recipe in some time. And since I agree with Ernestine Ulmer that, “Life is uncertain.  Eat dessert first,” I am sharing a really good one today.

This is a very easy dessert to make. It is a Martha Stewart recipe from the magazine Everyday Foods.

And at only $1.60 per person it is well worth. You are worth it too. This was almost a Recession Buster Recipe. Missed it by ony ten cents!

I chose this recipe for today because I still have some chocolate bits and the heavy cream in my fridge from Monday’s Hot Chocolate recipe. Good way to use it up. This recipe calls for semi sweet chocolate and I have bitter sweet. Cum se. Cum sa.

SECRET TRUE CONFESSIONS: This dessert makes a great breakfast too! Just sayin! Hey! The Food Police say they want me to eat more fruit. Right? This dish has pears AND cherries. What more do they want?

This is what you will need for 4 people:

4 Bartlett pears*

½  cup dried cherries

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

3 ounces semisweet chocolate**

1/3 cup heavy cream

¼ cup water 

*I only used 2 pears,  but kept remaining ingredient amounts for 4 persons. This just means more chocolate and cherry sauce. YUM. In the cost analysis below I cost out 4 pears.

** About 6 generous tablespoons.

Here is what you do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Peel the pears, cut them in half leaving the stems intact.

Using a spoon or a melon baller, scoop out the seeds.

With a paring knife, remove thin fibrous core that runs from stem to bottom.

In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, place pears (cut side down), cherries, and ¼ cup water; cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake until pears are tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make chocolate sauce: Chop the chocolate.  

In a small saucepan, combine corn syrup and chocolate. Stir over low heat until melted, 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove the chocolate from the heat. Whisk in cream until smooth.

I find it is best to check the pears at around the 20 minute mark. I took these out after 25 minutes. I don’ like the pears when they are too soft. I like a little bite to them.

Before I go on, I just have to show you the gorgeous color on these pears. Look how pretty that rosé color is. You could serve these as is with some Amaretto ice cream, or lemon or raspberry sorbet. Anything you want.

To serve, divide pears and cherries among serving plates; drizzle with warm chocolate sauce. I also served with some lemon heart cookies.

Okay! So I was a little heavy-handed with the chocolate. I make no apologies!

How easy is this for a lovely dessert even on a busy week night?

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

4 Bartlettpears                    $2.76

½  cup dried cherries          $1.75

2 tbspn light corn syrup       $0.15

3 oz semisweet chocolate    $0.96 

1/3 cup heavy cream          $0.75

¼ cup water                      $——

Total cost = $6.37
Cost per person = $1.60

Quote of the Day

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.  Coincidence?  I think not! 

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