I am always on the look out for things that I can add to my survivalist cache when I am at the dollar store and when I glanced at coffee filters, I realized what a great item it was to have. They are super cheap (think hundreds of filters for $1) and they can be pretty darn useful. Here are some of the things coffee filters will come in handy for in an emergency.
- Straining water. If you are needing to collect water from an outside source (such as collecting water on a tarp or getting water from dew), there can be all sorts of particles in the water that need to be filtered out first (and especially to extend the life of your water filters)
- Straining stock. If you are making your own soup stock, you can use a coffee filter to strain out herbs, pieces of meat and vegetables, etc.
- Covering small dishes. If you have small bowls of sauces or anything that you don’t want bugs flying into, use a coffee filter to cover it up. It is more economical than wasting ton foil and you can use it on hot dishes, which causes some types of plastic wrap to melt.
- Bowls. These make great small bowls that are cheap and you don’t have to worry about washing them. They are great to hold crackers, herbs, dried vegetable pieces, etc.
- Tea bags. Please your loose tea (or herbs) in the center of the filter and tie with twine, and use as a tea bag.
- Chopping board. If you need to quickly chop up something, you can cut it on a coffee filter, and not dirty another dish that you might not have clean water to clean with.
- First aid. You can use one to gently clean a wound with, and it won’t disintegrate like using a tissue or paper towel.