Someone mentioned filtering using a coffee filter.
May I respectfully suggest that if you do a lot of filtering of
liquids you invest in a vacuum flask/buchner funnel connected to a
Since I was the one who mentioned coffee filters, I have to say that
But for filtering pickle it is over kill. How many of us are going
to regularly filter the pickle? As for lab equipment they are not that
expensive. But a $1 plastic strainer, and some coffee filters it is by
It is also something that if I let some of my students or fearing
the worst, my husband near it, it would be in pieces. Plastic and
paper are hubby proof.
If really pressed for cheap, you can layer paper towels over a
Easy enough to get one of those solo plastic cups free. Most of us
have paper towels or napkins from some place we have eaten at.
From the original posters description, they seem to be counting
I already know that using paper is not the environmentally correct
way to go.
I reuse my paper towels for many things until they get holes through
Another idea would be to get the larger size plastic food container
that things like yogurt comes in. The ones that hold 24 to 32 oz.
Warm the lid so that the center of it deforms to make a semi bowl
shape. The plastic will get thinner as it deforms.
You can do this by using warm salt in a frying pan to heat the
plastic. Trick is not to let the plastic hit the pan itself, but keep
it in the salt. Then using our nice little small sized drill bits,
make a series of holes. Replace the lid on the container and you now
have a really cheap self made re-purposed strainer and saved $1.
Being bowl shaped you don't need the paper to filter unless you want
the black gunk out.
Aggie, child of an uber frugal depression era mother.