5 Homestead Uses for the Coffee Can


coffee can with feed 

Using the can for feed storage.

Growing up, I remember scooping goat feed from the barrel with a tall plastic container, which once served to hold supplements for the horses. We would often wash out these durable containers, and give them use all over the farm. Fast forward to our own homestead today, and we are big time coffee drinkers. Some of you may know the feeling of taking your first sip of hot coffee in the morning, waking up with the sun and getting your chores started. Whether you've got the coffee pot plugged in, or the percolator bubbling on your wood stove, there's a few good uses for your leftover coffee can when it's emptied out.

Firstly, there are two types of cans I recommend saving- metal, and plastic. You'll want a durable container that can stand up to whatever project you'll assign it to. Depending on what you'll use it for, keep in mind that metal cans will eventually rust. Give the can a good washing after you've emptied it out, and make sure they're dry before using. I've included some personal use ideas from around our homestead, but with a bit of ingenuity there are so many great ways to re-purpose those cans.


Over time, we've reduced our flock numbers to only having a handful of chickens and ducks. Considering we don't go through as much feed, we use our cans to scoop feed and disperse it for our feathered friends. In the past, it was important to always save the lid when carrying grain to our goats, as putting the lid back on helped to make sure they wouldn't nudge the container and spill the pellet everywhere while going through the gate! For anyone who has experienced mice chewing through your feed bags, this is a good way to keep small portions safe from being nibbled on. It's also a great way to transport a pet kibble when traveling.


water in can for plant

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