What can I do with the filter bag?
- Make your own vegan milk alternatives from nuts (nut milk) and seeds, e.g. from almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, walnuts, tigernuts, coconut, cashew, millet, rice, chestnuts, whole hemp seeds, sun flower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame…
- Use for juicing: mix or blend fruits, veggies, greens and strain (the bag will change color, but therefore your juicer and all it’s pieces you have to clean will become unnecessary)
- Produce and strain your own tofu (using plant-based milk and nigari as a coagulant)
- Yoghurt, curds and cheese variations (cheesecloth), plant-based using nuts or seeds, even make your own cream and feta cheese
- Cold-Brew coffee (will contain less acid and brings out natural sweetness)
- Filter cloth for kefir and kombucha
- Filter tincture preparations, essences, macerated oils or plant extracts e.g. ginger liquids
- Filter seedy fruits (e.g. berries, apple and orange juice)
- Jellies, aspic and sirup production (e.g. filtering out those tiny hairs from berries and rosehips)
- Filter gazpachos, sauces and broths, for example also tomato broth
- Wash rice, quinoa or amaranth
- Collect herbs, nuts or mushrooms
- Keep fruit flies and wasps away (for example while fermenting Kombucha)
- Wring out dumplings
- Produce vinegar like apple vinegar (bag serves as filter in a press)
- Use as produce storage bag or as bulk bag to carry and weigh loose goods (fruits, veggies and other loose goods)
- Drain water from cucumbers for making tzatziki
- Make your own pizza crust out of vegetables (press out the water from e.g. steamed and grated cauliflower)
- Keep herbs and salad fresh – moisten the filter bag and store herbs, salads and veggies within or use the dampened bag and lay over a bowl with salad leaves and keep in fridge
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How can I clean the cotton filter bag?
- The bag is best cleaned by washing and rinsing it out with hot water. First remove the pulp left behind by shaking it out or scrape it out using a spoon. Turn the bag inside out and rinse both sides thoroughly. Alternatively you can fill the sink with some water and rinse the bag by dipping it in the water, if necessary, you can use organic soap. We do not recommend cleaning the bag in the washing machine or using the dryer.
- When necessary and for an occasional and more intensive cleaning, you can „sterilize” the filter by inserting the bag for 10-15 minutes in boiling water (careful: bag will shrink!). Another way is to mix warm water with vinegar or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to naturally clean and kill germs. Insert the bag into the water and let it soak for approximately 20 minutes. You can heat up the water but be aware depending on the temperature the bag may shrink up to 15% when boiling. If you prefer a smaller bag, this is a good way to make it shrink a few centimeters otherwise only use lukewarm water.
- Most importantly, be sure to allow the filter bag to always dry completely – always hang up to dry after each use and cleaning, otherwise there is a risk of mold. Drying shouldn’t take too long after wringing the bag out.Even better – you can dry the filter bag in the sunshine to dry quickly and use the sun rays to kill off any germs.
- For storage you can use a screw top glass jar with holes in the lid (breathable), a paper bag or even the packaging to store the filter bag.
Please note: these tips only apply to our NECTARBAR Eco natural fiber filter bags – other bags typically contain synthetic sewing thread despite being allegedly 100% natural. If these bags become warm or lay out in the sun, toxins such as plasticizer may be released and therefore being passed over to your food items.