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ISO Yogurt/Cheese strainer in San Francisco

Pei Apr 23, 2010 08:45 AM

Does anyone know of a reputable cheese or yogurt supply shop in San Francisco?

I'm looking for a fine mesh strainer, plastic or wire, that will allow me to elevate a tub of yogurt after I've made it, so that I can strain it for thicker yogurt.

I've seen the contraption below on Amazon, but it only holds 3 cups of un-strained yogurt. I'd like something larger, but I like that the whole tub, with lid on, can be put into the fridge. That's a lot more convenient and hygienic than a cheescloth+strainer set over a large bowl overnight with no lid. TIA!


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  1. grnidkjun RE: Pei Apr 23, 2010 10:15 AM

    A large fine mesh strainer with cheese cloth would probably work.
    that's what I use to drain cottage cheese.

    Or this:

    1. heidipie RE: Pei Apr 25, 2010 03:35 PM

      I have one of these. The capacity is small but it does work wonderfully.

      1. wolfe RE: Pei Apr 25, 2010 03:47 PM

        How about a largish china cap and a muslin cone or even a very clean well washed ready to be thrown away tee shirt?

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          cakebaker RE: Pei Apr 25, 2010 04:23 PM

          I found this on Stonyfield's site. It's a cheesecloth with elastic that uses the 1 qt yogurt container the yogurt comes in, is reuseable and is only $ 4.00. I'm going to try it.


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            cakebaker RE: cakebaker Apr 26, 2010 12:03 PM

            Actually, the strainer from Stonyfield is made of nylon mesh not cheesecloth as I originally thought and will hold the entire quart at once.

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              Pei RE: cakebaker Apr 26, 2010 05:20 PM

              That's fantastic, and pretty close to what I'm looking for. I'll also ask at Beverage People and keep hunting for the perfect contraption. Thanks, everyone!

              Beverage People
              840 Piner Rd # 14, Santa Rosa, CA

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                cakebaker RE: Pei Apr 27, 2010 02:21 AM

                Although I'm looking forward to getting the stonyfield strainer (so easy to store) if you already have the "wave" that holds 3 cups...what i used to do is add 2c. let it drain then add the remaining 2 cups and let it drain some more. then just mix it together when finished. but this seems much less complicated and easy to use if it holds up to repeated use it seems like it would be perfect to me. we'll see.

          2. Melanie Wong RE: Pei Apr 25, 2010 11:22 PM

            not in sf, but The Beverage People in Santa Rosa has cheesemaking supplies.


            Beverage People
            840 Piner Rd # 14, Santa Rosa, CA

            1. sosdiaz RE: Pei Apr 26, 2010 04:22 PM

              You could probably use the strainer cloth that painters use. It is in the paint supply at Home Depot etc. Looks almost like the Stonyfield one but larger

              1. maria lorraine RE: Pei Apr 27, 2010 03:23 PM

                I use a paper filter in a Melitta cone coffee funnel. Easy.
                A strainer and double thickness of paper towels works also.


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