Friday, October 1, 2010

Changing gears and plastic lids

I've handed the forums at Dollar Stretcher over to Brandy, who has been with us since the beginning so she understands how things work and what is required. I have faith that she will keep things rolling, but you can slip over there and let me know how she's doing now and then!

Me? I'm slowing down. Ha! How many times have I said that? Anyway, I'll still be kicking around in the background of Dollar Stretcher for awhile and I might have some news later on. Don't bank on it, it's a "might"!

Anyway, because I had a little extra time today, I rummaged around the kitchen drawers with a vague notion of cleaning them out. One thing I discovered is that there are more plastic lids than there are plastic containers to put them on.

If you know me, you know I don't like to just toss things in the trash, so I had to think about it for awhile, so... here's what I came up with:

  • Use them to form patties from bulk ground meat or mixtures like fish patties. They'll be uniform and will cook more evenly.
  • If you have a lot of lids, form ground beef patties and leave them in the lid. Put another lid on top of this and form another patty and so on, then put into the freezer. They'll stay separated and will pop right out while they're still frozen.
  • Use a plastic container lid as a spoon rest on your stove.
  • Not so classy, but they do make handy holders for wet teabags.
  • On the same note, they will hold fish bones or other discards as you eat.
  • They're easy to cut with a pair of craft scissors so you can make templates or patterns from them.
  • Cut holiday decorations from them. Use a small cookie cutter to trace hearts, Christmas trees and so on, cut out and decorate. You can make nice Christmas tree decorations this way.
Got any more ideas? There are quite a few orphan lids in that drawer.


  1. They make great Frisbees for kids, too!

  2. Oh, yeah... forgot about that. The kids used to play with them like that!

  3. I use them to put under houseplants

  4. I do that, too, anonymous! My list wasn't very complete, was it? :)

  5. I use them for cutting boards when we go for a picnic or camping.