Repurposing An Empty Coffee Canister: Dried Herbs

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know we love our coffee.  We prefer Folgers to other brands of coffee.  Although I hate that it’s sold in plastic, at least the plastic canisters are convenient.  I’ve used them for simplifying Garden Weeding Chores.  And we’ve stored chicken feed and dog food in them too.  I’ve Painted Canisters for a cute planter for our back porch. (and also a cute way to share plants with friends).  And I even FINALLY figured out how to Remove The Print from canisters so I can use them for cute decorative pieces in my kitchen (more on that later).  But since this canister is food-grade plastic, I’m able to do even more with it.  I can store large quantities of dried herbs in them.

Y’all remember I had to severely hack back my beloved rosemary plant for the porch addition.  That huge plant was over 6-ft wide and I had to cut a huge chunk away to make room for the porch.  As much as it broke my heart I knew it needed to be done. So I took a deep breath and just started hacking.  But I’ll not let this precious rosemary go to waste.  I’ll dry it and use it in cooking and in making RancherMan’s favorite Cold Process Rosemary Soap.

I ended up with quite the pile of dried rosemary!  Where in the world will I store it?  Those empty coffee canisters once again came to the rescue.  I washed and dried an empty coffee canister and left it open to air dry overnight.  I needed to make sure it was absolutely dry.  Then I dumped that fragrant rosemary into the canister.

Use those empty coffee canisters to store dried herbs. I have a huge harvest of dried rosemary stored to use in cooking & soap making. #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

After I popped the lid back on the canister I stuck a piece of duct tape on the outside labeling the contents.  I’d hate to reach in & think we had coffee when we had none.  That’s the ‘Don’t Pass Go’ way to a grumpy morning for both of us!  LOL.

Lucky us, RancherMan & I will be making rosemary soap soon and I already have some dried rosemary just ready & waiting!  How do you repurpose those handy coffee canisters?

~TMH~

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10 thoughts on “Repurposing An Empty Coffee Canister: Dried Herbs

  1. Rosie (@greenrosielife)

    A decent sized air tight container is so useful … not our coffee either comes in foil packs ot glass jars. I have never seen it sold like this in France! #GoingGreen and #WasteLessWednesday

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Most are sold in foil packs here in the U.S. as well, Rosie. But there are several brands that sell in these plastic canisters. Our favorite brand sells in these red canisters and they’re so handy. But after you get so many of them, you really have to be creative to put them to good use. They’re so common here it’s difficult to even offer them to schools, etc because they have all they can use. ~TMH~

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  2. STEPHANIE ABBOTT

    I love these containers too. I’ve used them to store latex paint once the cans start rusting. Thanks for more great uses. Pinning. Thanks for sharing at To Grandmas House We Go Link Party.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      They’re so handy Stephanie and let’s face it – we’re gonna continue buying coffee. Might as well put the containers to good use! ~TMH~

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  3. Ruth

    In the summer we use a lot of ice in coolers. Instead of buying ice we make our own. Right now I am using empty milk (silk) cartons to make block ice but I think I could use empty coffee canisters as well. I fill a container only about 2/3 full before putting it in the freezer. When I need it I just put the whole container in the cooler.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I don’t see why that wouldn’t work very well, Ruth. Bigger chunks of ice melt more slowly than smaller chunks. ~TMH~

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  4. Cecilia

    Love it! “Use what you’ve got”! My coffee comes in a bag so no canisters for me to use…bummer. I’d find all sorts of uses for them. Store bird seed in and then it would be easy to carry to the feeders, as a scoop for pet food, compost holder, and so on. Thanks for inspiring us to reuse things instead of just tossing them out.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Yes, yes and YES Cecilia. If you have coffee-drinking friends who buy their coffee in these canisters I know they’d be happy to pass some along. Like I said, you get so many of them you hate to throw them out but you’ve already got all you can use. I know folks often offer them to moms, schools or daycare centers for their use in holding crayons, play blocks, etc. There seems to be a never-ending supply and they’re so handy! ~TMH~

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  5. ColleenB.

    Can store any number of things in these great containers. I do have some containers that I store precious heirloom Christmas ornaments in.

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