Thursday, December 2, 2010

Food "safety" bill passes Senate, but faces House nitpicking

http://www.rollcall.com/news/-201012-1.html

This is about S.510, the so-called food safety bill that people were worried would outlaw backyard gardens, seed-saving and so on.  An amendment that would have helped allay those fears was going around at the last minute, but it got passed without the amendment.  However, the House is saying it's no good because Democrats violated a constitutional provision requiring that tax provisions originate in the House.  So maybe it will just get bogged down until someone does something better.

25 uses for coffee filters

A friend sent me this handy list of alternative uses for coffee filters.

Coffee filters .... Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing - even the large ones.


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.. SMART!!

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 for your fried bacon, french fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease..

14. Keep in the bathroom for shaving cuts on face or legs.

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 plastic baggie 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.

OH YES, THEY ARE GREAT TO USE IN YOUR COFFEE MAKERS TOO