If you're like me, your gold coffee filter is sitting, forgotten, at the back of the kitchen cupboard. Brooke put hers to use simplifying oatmeal baths:
I've found that the very best thing for my toddler's occasional diaper rash is a warm water soak with oatmeal. The creamy water really seems to soothe the irritation, and a good soak all but removes the red of a nasty rash. My go-to oat holders used to be cheesecloth or old stockings, but the goopy mess afterward was totally gross. Then I decided to give our gold cone coffee filter a try. Perfection! I fill it about 1/3 full with plain oatmeal, then hook it over the faucet in the tub using the handy-dandy black handle. No oats in the tub, no goopy mess to clean up afterward, and no more toddler diaper rash!
Unhook your mind from the topic of diaper rash for a moment. Now then, I'll share another good use for a gold cone coffee filter: yogurt cheese maker. Yogurt cheese is simply yogurt that has been left to drain its whey till all that's left is a thick, cream cheese-like blob (believe me, it's a lot more appetizing than it sounds). Great base for dips, spreads and dessert toppings (try mixing it with powdered sugar and a dash of cardamom. YUM.).
To make yogurt cheese, balance the filter over a measuring cup or glass using whatever cone holder you've got. In a pinch, you can remove the holder from your coffeemaker (clean it first). Fill the filter with yogurt then let it drain in the fridge till it's as thick as you want.