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  1. #1
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default New Use For Paper Coffee Filters

    I've discovered that the large coffee filters with
    fluted sides (I don't remember the number) make
    an excellent lining for my aluminum steamer basket,
    which greatly simplifies cleaning. Pretty much
    eliminates the need to clean, except for a quick
    rinse of the basket.

    The fluting doesn't matter -- I flatten them out
    and they become a circle of just the right size.
    The porous paper allows water to pass through.

    I was using them frequently to steam Trader Joe's
    chicken shu mai, but I had to stop eating those
    for a while.

  2. #2
    [email protected] Guest

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    On Jun 19, 1:47*pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > I've discovered that the large coffee filters with
    > fluted sides (I don't remember the number) make
    > an excellent lining for my aluminum steamer basket,
    > which greatly simplifies cleaning. *Pretty much
    > eliminates the need to clean, except for a quick
    > rinse of the basket.
    >
    > The fluting doesn't matter -- I flatten them out
    > and they become a circle of just the right size.
    > The porous paper allows water to pass through.
    >
    > I was using them frequently to steam Trader Joe's
    > chicken shu mai, but I had to stop eating those
    > for a while.


    >
    >

    They're also good to use to cover food when heating in a microwave as
    they hold in any potential spatters. We use them at work all the time
    as we're not furnished with spatter shields.

  3. #3
    Bob Muncie Guest

    Default Re: New Use For Paper Coffee Filters

    [email protected] wrote:
    > On Jun 19, 1:47 pm, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    >> I've discovered that the large coffee filters with
    >> fluted sides (I don't remember the number) make
    >> an excellent lining for my aluminum steamer basket,
    >> which greatly simplifies cleaning. Pretty much
    >> eliminates the need to clean, except for a quick
    >> rinse of the basket.
    >>
    >> The fluting doesn't matter -- I flatten them out
    >> and they become a circle of just the right size.
    >> The porous paper allows water to pass through.
    >>
    >> I was using them frequently to steam Trader Joe's
    >> chicken shu mai, but I had to stop eating those
    >> for a while.

    >
    >>

    > They're also good to use to cover food when heating in a microwave as
    > they hold in any potential spatters. We use them at work all the time
    > as we're not furnished with spatter shields.


    Thanks for the ideas, I will use them for both applications.

    Bob

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    Fred/Libby Barclay Guest

    Default Re: New Use For Paper Coffee Filters


    They're also good for draining yogurt.

    Libby


  5. #5
    Bob Muncie Guest

    Default Re: New Use For Paper Coffee Filters

    Fred/Libby Barclay wrote:
    > They're also good for draining yogurt.
    >
    > Libby
    >


    That might work if I made my own, but the little liquid I have on the
    top of the commercial brands I buy I just stir back in and consume :-)

    Bob

  6. #6
    Bob Muncie Guest

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    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > Bob Muncie wrote:
    >> Fred/Libby Barclay wrote:
    >>> They're also good for draining yogurt.

    >> That might work if I made my own, but the little liquid I have on the
    >> top of the commercial brands I buy I just stir back in and consume :-)

    >
    > You drain yogurt to make yougurt cheese,
    > which is a sharp-tasting paste with
    > a consistency like cream cheese.


    I had heard of that, just didn't occur to me as I've never done it.

    Thanks,
    Bob

  7. #7
    Mark Thorson Guest

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    Bob Muncie wrote:
    >
    > Fred/Libby Barclay wrote:
    > > They're also good for draining yogurt.

    >
    > That might work if I made my own, but the little liquid I have on the
    > top of the commercial brands I buy I just stir back in and consume :-)


    You drain yogurt to make yougurt cheese,
    which is a sharp-tasting paste with
    a consistency like cream cheese.

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    Goomba Guest

    Default Re: New Use For Paper Coffee Filters

    [email protected] wrote:

    > They're also good to use to cover food when heating in a microwave as
    > they hold in any potential spatters. We use them at work all the time
    > as we're not furnished with spatter shields.


    I just learned to do this, probably after reading it here. It sure does
    keep the microwave oven cleaner!

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    dsi1 Guest

    Default Re: New Use For Paper Coffee Filters

    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > I've discovered that the large coffee filters with
    > fluted sides (I don't remember the number) make
    > an excellent lining for my aluminum steamer basket,
    > which greatly simplifies cleaning. Pretty much
    > eliminates the need to clean, except for a quick
    > rinse of the basket.
    >
    > The fluting doesn't matter -- I flatten them out
    > and they become a circle of just the right size.
    > The porous paper allows water to pass through.
    >
    > I was using them frequently to steam Trader Joe's
    > chicken shu mai, but I had to stop eating those
    > for a while.


    You can also use those for draining fried foods. Make sure you use those
    really cheap filters from Costco. They're like 500 filters for 3 bucks,
    if I remember right.

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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: New Use For Paper Coffee Filters

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I've discovered that the large coffee filters with
    > fluted sides (I don't remember the number) make
    > an excellent lining for my aluminum steamer basket,
    > which greatly simplifies cleaning. Pretty much
    > eliminates the need to clean, except for a quick
    > rinse of the basket.
    >
    > The fluting doesn't matter -- I flatten them out
    > and they become a circle of just the right size.
    > The porous paper allows water to pass through.
    >
    > I was using them frequently to steam Trader Joe's
    > chicken shu mai, but I had to stop eating those
    > for a while.


    Interesting idea. I'll have to try that, thanks!
    But, I will be sure to use the unbleached ones...
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

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    cybercat Guest

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    "Fred/Libby Barclay" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > They're also good for draining yogurt.
    >


    Draining yogurt?? Why?



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    cybercat Guest

    Default Re: New Use For Paper Coffee Filters


    "Fred/Libby Barclay" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:12654-4A3BF54E-6905@storefull-3172.bay.web[email protected]..
    >
    > They're also good for draining yogurt.
    >
    > Libby
    >


    Never mind.



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    Mr. Bill Guest

    Default Re: New Use For Paper Coffee Filters

    On Fri, 19 Jun 2009 11:47:48 -0700, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >I've discovered that the large coffee filters with
    >fluted sides


    When you are moving and can't find where you packed the toilet
    paper...they will easily fill that void....and they are flushable.




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    Mr. Bill Guest

    Default Re: New Use For Paper Coffee Filters

    On Fri, 19 Jun 2009 15:39:24 -0700, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >You must never have had a hemorrhoid.


    Some days....visiting RFC can be and IS the hemmorhoid. <VBG!!>



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    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: New Use For Paper Coffee Filters

    "Mr. Bill" wrote:
    >
    > On Fri, 19 Jun 2009 11:47:48 -0700, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >I've discovered that the large coffee filters with
    > >fluted sides

    >
    > When you are moving and can't find where you packed the toilet
    > paper...they will easily fill that void....and they are flushable.


    You must never have had a hemorrhoid.

    I've found that most brands of toilet paper are
    not suitable for use as toilet paper. I'm not
    likely to try using coffee filters.

  16. #16
    dsi1 Guest

    Default Re: New Use For Paper Coffee Filters

    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > "Mr. Bill" wrote:
    >> On Fri, 19 Jun 2009 11:47:48 -0700, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> I've discovered that the large coffee filters with
    >>> fluted sides

    >> When you are moving and can't find where you packed the toilet
    >> paper...they will easily fill that void....and they are flushable.

    >
    > You must never have had a hemorrhoid.
    >
    > I've found that most brands of toilet paper are
    > not suitable for use as toilet paper. I'm not
    > likely to try using coffee filters.


    They're doing some great things with TP these days. My son's girlfriend
    buys some brand that's soft and fluffy and strong. I don't know what
    brand but it's amazing stuff. Too bad I'm cheap and will buy warehouse
    paper for $20 a case.

    I'm not about to use coffee filters for TP either. Toilet paper has no
    binding agents which causes it to dissolve in water and is therefor
    called "flushable." Coffee filters are flushable in the sense that they
    can be flushed down the toilet. One could say my socks are flushable
    too. In fact, there's probably all kinds of stuff that's flushable that
    we haven't thought of.

    OTOH, if the North Koreans fly a nuke to these island, we might be using
    filters for TP - that's OK, something tells me we ain't gonna be making
    much coffee. :-)



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    brooklyn1 Guest

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    "Mr. Bill" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Fri, 19 Jun 2009 11:47:48 -0700, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>I've discovered that the large coffee filters with
    >>fluted sides

    >
    > When you are moving and can't find where you packed the toilet
    > paper...they will easily fill that void....and they are flushable.
    >
    >

    Sure they're flushable... paper clips are flushable too... but I wouldn't
    flush coffee filters into my septic system. I put coffee filters with the
    spent coffee grounds into my composter, the filters are about the last thing
    to decompose. Paper towels don't readily decompose either. I'm not too
    worried about not having toilet paper, I always keep a couple rolls TP in my
    car, they're right in the center console along with stacks n' stacks of
    Dunkin Donut napkins. I've moved several times in my life, everytime there
    was a full roll of toilet paper on each bathroom holder, and almost always a
    few rolls in the linen closet or bathroom vanity. Most realtors make sure
    that there is toilet paper, soap, a couple inexpensive hand towels along
    with the usual goody basket in the fridge; bottle bubbly, cheese, fruit, and
    a loaf of bread. Typically there will be a stack of pamphlets for local
    attractions, phone directory, maps, and usually a gift certificate for
    dinner at a local restaurant. And it doesn't take long for the local
    businesses to find your mailbox; soon won't be a spot for another fridge
    magnet.




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    Mark Thorson Guest

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    dsi1 wrote:
    >
    > I'm not about to use coffee filters for TP either. Toilet paper has no
    > binding agents which causes it to dissolve in water and is therefor
    > called "flushable." Coffee filters are flushable in the sense that they
    > can be flushed down the toilet. One could say my socks are flushable
    > too. In fact, there's probably all kinds of stuff that's flushable that
    > we haven't thought of.


    I once flushed a live gopher down the toilet.
    It barely fit. But fit it did, thank Xenu.

    The cats woke me up in the middle of the night
    with something they were very excited about.
    In my half-awake daze, my foot encountered
    some object in the bed, and when I tried to
    identify it by feel, it bit me. It felt like
    a stapler had been driven into my foot.

    That got me into action. I turned the lights
    on, saw the gopher, and somehow manuevered it
    onto my broom. I took it into the bathroom
    and dumped it into the toilet and flushed.

    It was relatively undamaged by the cats.
    In the toilet, it tried to swim against the
    current (or so it seemed -- I'm not sure
    gophers can swim -- it may have been trying
    to crawl underwater), but to no avail. I may
    have had to flush a couple of times.

    That was the first and last delivery of a
    gopher to my bed by room service. I guess
    they were disappointed that I didn't play
    with it or eat it. After that, they always
    kept the gophers for themselves. The cat
    version of foodies, and I was unappreciative
    of their efforts.

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    dsi1 Guest

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    Mark Thorson wrote:

    > I once flushed a live gopher down the toilet.
    > It barely fit. But fit it did, thank Xenu.
    >
    > The cats woke me up in the middle of the night
    > with something they were very excited about.
    > In my half-awake daze, my foot encountered
    > some object in the bed, and when I tried to
    > identify it by feel, it bit me. It felt like
    > a stapler had been driven into my foot.
    >
    > That got me into action. I turned the lights
    > on, saw the gopher, and somehow manuevered it
    > onto my broom. I took it into the bathroom
    > and dumped it into the toilet and flushed.
    >
    > It was relatively undamaged by the cats.
    > In the toilet, it tried to swim against the
    > current (or so it seemed -- I'm not sure
    > gophers can swim -- it may have been trying
    > to crawl underwater), but to no avail. I may
    > have had to flush a couple of times.
    >
    > That was the first and last delivery of a
    > gopher to my bed by room service. I guess
    > they were disappointed that I didn't play
    > with it or eat it. After that, they always
    > kept the gophers for themselves. The cat
    > version of foodies, and I was unappreciative
    > of their efforts.


    Interesting tale. I hope the little critter got delivered out into the
    sewer system in one piece. Maybe he's there still. That would be nice
    cause they're so cute. Remember Caddyshack? That's pretty much all I
    know about gophers. How do you think one of your smaller cats would fare
    in flushability?

    I'll add "gopher" under the "flushable" column. I will also take the
    liberty of adding "rat" to the same. My father has had rats coming up in
    his bedroom through the toilet. It's true! That thought just gives me
    the creeps.

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    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: New Use For Paper Coffee Filters

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Mr. Bill" wrote:
    > >
    > > On Fri, 19 Jun 2009 11:47:48 -0700, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    > > wrote:
    > >
    > > >I've discovered that the large coffee filters with
    > > >fluted sides

    > >
    > > When you are moving and can't find where you packed the toilet
    > > paper...they will easily fill that void....and they are flushable.

    >
    > You must never have had a hemorrhoid.
    >
    > I've found that most brands of toilet paper are
    > not suitable for use as toilet paper. I'm not
    > likely to try using coffee filters.


    Mark, look for some cheap baby wipes. I buy them for dad. I bought a
    package of 50 of them this morning for $1.00. That's affordable. :-)
    --
    Peace! Om

    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.
    -- Anon.

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