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Dec 26, 2007 11:07 AM

cheese cloth

Is it reusable and if so how do you clean it? Thanks in advance

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  1. I would think that the thread count would either make it disposable or reusable. The higher the thread/weave the more likely you can reuse, and I would just wash it gently in the machine, like a cloth napkin. I use some pretty cheap cheesecloth, with a low thread count (loose weave), and just toss it.

    1. Speaking of cheesecloth, where do you buy it? I'm making homemade liqueur & need it for straining the berries. We don't have any "cooking" stores in my area, and I don't want to have to buy just cheesecloth off the internet. Would a craft store such as Michael's or Joann's have it?

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      1. re: ctflowers

        Most craft stores(Jo-Ann fabrics or Pat Catans) have cheese cloth, as does any place that sells fabric by the yard.

        1. re: ctflowers

          I purchased cheescloth at K-mart, Walmart and the grocery store. they usually have it near the foil pans.

        2. Though I make an awful lot of stock and broth I hardly buy cheesecloth anymore, just because that super-loose-weave stuff is about all I can find these days. What I do have is an abundant supply of worn-out white cotton mesh-knit polo shirts, which I have cut into pieces of suitable size to fit my wire strainers in either one or two layers. I found that if I just rinsed and then laundered them they came out smelling kinda rancid, but if I wash them in dish detergent right after use they come out quite clean and fresh. They also catch a lot of finer particles that cheesecloth won' the price is right!

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          1. re: Will Owen

            "I do have is an abundant supply of worn-out white cotton mesh-knit polo shirts"

            I actually have a recipe from my dear mother in which she instructs me to "wash the tee shirt before you use it". I have always followed her advice with good results.

            1. re: Will Owen

              Brilliant, Will. I realize it is almost two years later, but your advice is right on time. I have tons of old 100% cotton white t shirt things that I hate to throw out - but they're not pristine enough to wear. I had not thought about using them in place of cheese cloth. And some have the right kind of weave. The only thing I will add is to maybe boil the piece of cloth I intend to use, to get rid of any detergent or whatever. Thanks.

            2. Will, what a good idea! I'll look into what I haven't tossed....
              ctflowers, you can also find cheesecloth at the hardware store, although it IS a very loose weave and you'd have to use several layers for almost any straining. I've found some at the local dollar store, too.


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              1. re: violabratsche

                I think you should be able to buy it in most regular grocery stores.

              2. Sure you can re-use it, but don't expect the stains to come out. I wash it by hand and let it air dry. One of the things I like about the loose weave is that you can modify the grating size if you will, by using multiple layers.

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                1. re: Leucadian

                  I think I'd want to separate the cloth that was used for items with oil, from the cloth that was used for items without oil. And it's not as if it's that expensive, anyway.