Repurposing Empty Coffee Canisters – Covered Dish Affair

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know we drink coffee that comes in small-ish plastic canisters.  When the coffee’s gone the canisters are handy and I’ve used them for so many things so far.  I’ve removed the paint & made them into a super cute bread box.  They’ve been painted & used for planters to share plants with friends. And I’ve even made them into feeders for our chickens too.  (the complete list is below) But recently we were invited to a covered-dish supper at our daughter’s house in a city a couple of hours away from home.  ROAD TRIP! LOL I agreed to bring our daughter’s favorite cake-mix cookies.

But you know how when participating in a covered-dish event it’s always inconvenient to find the right container to bring your food in?  Oh and then making sure you get your container back when you leave, what a pain.  Oh and all those various-sized plastic food containers & mismatched lids.  Ugh.  But of course today it was an empty coffee canister to the rescue!

We were invited to a covered dish affair & I agreed to bring cookies. I used an empty coffee canister to hold the cookies. EASY! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I baked up those delicious chocolate cookies and put them on a rack to cool.  When it was time to hit the road I first sought out my favorite traveling basket.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love this thing?  I’ve found I use it all the time these days.

We were invited to a covered dish affair & I agreed to bring cookies. I used an empty coffee canister to hold the cookies. EASY! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Then I placed those cooled cookies into a clean coffee canister and snapped on the lid.  I tucked it into my basket along with a bottle of wine and off we went! These repurposed coffee canisters have become my own constantly-replacable plastic food storage & transportation supply. How convenient!

After the meal when we were ready to leave I told our daughter to keep the rest of the cookies.  I wasn’t worried about getting my container back of course.  There are always MORE of those at my disposal!  Our daughter was free to use it to store the cookies until they were gone & then recycle the container.  Or heck, reuse it – there are LOTS of ways to use those handy canisters #amiright??  Say it with me, y’all: Use Whatcha Got!

Here are different ways I reuse those canisters around our Homestead:

~TMH~

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3 thoughts on “Repurposing Empty Coffee Canisters – Covered Dish Affair

  1. Nancy

    Hey Tammy, I also, have a problem with a plastic container. Mine, I’m afraid, is not food grade. As you know, we are in an apartment since moving up here. Our great indoor/outdoor cats, unfortunately are now indoor, so I’m now buying kitty litter (can’t wait to get a house). Now if it were the buckets, I would have no problem thinking of uses. But it’s the pourable plastic containers. I have no chickens anymore so I can’t use the containers for anything pertaining to them. If you think of anything let me know. Thanks Nancy

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Have you verified they’re not food grade Nancy? I know food-grade plastic is often used for various non-food items. You might do a little research to see and if so there would be infinitely more uses for it. I was surprised to find a certain very large bucket sold at Lowes was food grade plastic, so ya never know… ~TMH~

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