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How do I know what String or Twine is safe to be used for cooking?

hungryinmanhattan Jul 14, 2010 03:02 PM

I am sacred to just use any string in case it has chemicals on it or another substance. Am I just being too cautious? Where can I buy food-safe string to tie up herbs or my chickens? Thanks.
I live on UES but will travel.

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    RGR RE: hungryinmanhattan Jul 14, 2010 03:07 PM

    The *only* type of string to use is butcher's twine. You should be able to find it in your local supermarket.

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      Littleman RE: hungryinmanhattan Jul 14, 2010 03:08 PM

      Cooking twine is sold in the homeware section of most any major store like Costco, Walmart, Ace Hardware, et al but any 100% cotton twine will work fine just make sure you read the label and it's 100% natural cotton and nothing synthetic but a cooking twine would be this if you find some.. I think there's a Costco on UES. To my knowledge cotton has no added substances.

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        RGR RE: Littleman Jul 14, 2010 03:15 PM

        The suggestion of Costco works only if the person is a member. No Walmart in Manhattan. There is an Ace Hardware on the UES.

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        fourunder RE: hungryinmanhattan Jul 15, 2010 08:49 AM

        I'll use bakery or butcher twine myself, the difference being bakery twine is thinner and red & white in color......I always have large spools of both on hand.....however, I would use anything made of natural fibers in a pinch.

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