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Jul 14, 2010 03:02 PM

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

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

    1. 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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      1. re: Littleman

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

        1. re: Littleman

          I work at Costco and we do not have it in stock at the Costco I work in. I looked at Walmart, Safeway, Longs drug store no luck. I found some 100% cotton twine at Lowes and was in a pinch so I hope that would work instead of butchers twine.

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          1. 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.

            1. Should be 100% cotton. I like the thicker 24 strand vs the more common 16 strand. Most hardware stores should have it although I buy mine online @ Amazon.