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where can I get a cheese cloth?

Dio di Romanese Nov 27, 2006 05:20 PM

im making a stock tomorrow morning and i figured I could just get one at market basket but I was wrong. So anyone know preferably around the Medford area

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    Moo Nov 29, 2006 06:13 PM

    I've always thought that the cheesecloth packages that you buy in the supermarket are a total rip-off. You get a fairly small amount of what is actually an extremely cheap cloth for like $3!!

    Go to a fabric store and buy some cheesecloth or very coarse muslin for $2-$3 a YARD! It doesn't have to actually be 'cheesecloth', any coarse and thin cotton fabric will do. I actually use a thin, coarse muslin kitchen cloth for straining my stocks, and I just throw it in the wash.

    But, if you prefer to throw it out, then just buy a couple of yards and you'll never have to hunt around in MB again.

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      Aromatherapy Nov 29, 2006 06:16 PM

      I'd wash it first, those cheap cloths can carry a lot of sizing (like starch). I buy discounted men's cotton hankies for this sort of thing but that's not as coarse as cheesecloth.

      1. re: Aromatherapy
        Moo Nov 30, 2006 12:18 PM

        Very good point, Aromatherapy!

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      elcaminogirl Nov 28, 2006 09:19 PM

      I bought it last time at the Johnnies on the Medford-Malden line (corner of the Fellsway.) They keep it with the household notions--the bottle openers, gadgets, etc.

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        navi Nov 28, 2006 09:13 PM

        i just bought some cheese cloth last night at the somerville market basket. and i've also gotten some at shaws. my experience is that it's always hidden, and employees have no idea what you're talking about.

        the somerville market basket stashes them above the ice cream cases next to all the cheap cooking utensils. It blends in with the lot, so you have to be extra careful when searching.

        1. AnjLM Nov 28, 2006 05:09 PM

          I bought some at a hardware store (economoy hardware)

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            cmd Nov 28, 2006 02:29 AM

            Or grab some nylons at CVS :).

            1. opinionatedchef Nov 27, 2006 10:47 PM

              hardware stores.

              1. onefineleo Nov 27, 2006 10:22 PM

                I've always found it at Star (Shaw's). Check the baking section.

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                1. re: onefineleo
                  Jesdamala Nov 27, 2006 10:31 PM

                  You are the innocent victim of the cheese cloth run that usually happens around the holidays! I buy packages throughout the year, always being sure to have a couple or three on hand! They will be back in stock in most supermarkets before Xmas, but don't wait until the last minute! I find many uses for this throughout the year, straining stocks, making spice bags, blotting of grease, etc...so, have a few on hand! Now, watch for them and grab a few extra packages to last you through to 2007!

                2. CindyJ Nov 27, 2006 08:26 PM

                  I'm not familiar with the Boston area, but in my neighborhood (PA), most supermarkets, hardware stores and paint stores carry cheese cloth.

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                    kate used to be 50 Nov 27, 2006 08:10 PM

                    Fabric Place in Woburn

                    1. srgoodman Nov 27, 2006 07:56 PM

                      I always get my cheesecloth at the Market Baskets in my area - Rowley, Haverhill, and Newburyport. If your local MB was out, is there another one close to you that you could call and check?

                      1. BostonZest Nov 27, 2006 05:32 PM

                        Whole foods if there is one in your area.

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                          Dio di Romanese Nov 27, 2006 05:38 PM

                          i dont fell like driving to cambridge, but looks like ill have to are you sure theyll have it

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