How To Keep Your Mesh Strainer Clean

I saw a post on Facebook yesterday about uses for coffee filters. As I was reading through them one tip caught my eye. It said to use a coffee filter inside your mesh strainer, when straining things like broth, to make it easier to clean afterward. GENIUS!

All you need is a mesh strainer, a coffee filter and something that needs straining.

I cooked some chicken today to put in the freezer. After it was done cooking I was left with some yummy looking chicken broth that I didn’t want to waste. When chicken cooks it leaves a not so lovely looking fatty substance in the broth. Using the coffee filter inside the mesh strainer keeps all those nasty little bits out of your broth and keeps them from clogging up your strainer.

Here is my not so lovely looking broth before I strained it.

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I poured the broth into the strainer that was lined with the coffee filter.

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I let it set for a minute or two so all the broth would strain through. Look at what I was left with, YUK!

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Gather up the edges of the coffee filter and throw it away.

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Look at how clean the strainer is.

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Now the broth looks yummy and ready to freeze or use.

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How To Clean Burner Pans

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So I decided to try out one of the ways I found on Pinterest to clean my stovetop. It REALLY needed it. Everytime I would turn on one of my burners I had to fan away the smoke so the smoke detectors didn’t go off. Everyone’s stove gets a little dirty after a while, I had just let mine go longer than a little while.

Here’s how this cleaning trick works. You need about a cup of pure ammonia, 4 paper towels, a large black trash bag, a zip tie, and your dirty burner pans.

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Remove your burner pans from your stove and wipe out any loose burnt crumbs.

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Place the burner pans in the trash bag. I laid my trash bag on a large Rubbermaid lid so it would be easy to carry if needed. Place one paper towel on top of each burner pan. Pour about 1/4 cup of ammonia on top of each paper towel. Tie up the bag with your zip tie. Let them sit for at least 24 hours. I let mine sit for 48 hours, because something came up with the kids as it sometimes happens. After they have soaked in the ammonia take them out, with gloves, and rinse them off. I used an SOS pad to scrub the gunk off, adding extra soap as needed. When all the gunk is scrubbed off, wash each one in soapy water.

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Dry them off, and enjoy your sparkly clean stove.

There was only one thing about this cleaning method that I didn’t like. Some of the burner pans were hard to get clean even after soaking for that long. The dirtiest one, however, came the cleanest. I figure next time I need to clean them sooner before the food gets cooked on unrecognizably.