Cheesecloth (not gauze)
WalMart used to carry packages of like 6 REAL cheesecloths, hemmed, good sized, which I have used for years for all my needs, such as making paneer, draining yoghurt, draining deep fried items, etc etc etc.
These were NOT gauze. They were 100% cotton muslin, and fairly thick. They held up to years of use.
They were in the section with kitchen towels.
Apparently they don't carry them anymore and I haven't found a replacement source. These were inexpensive and so useful.
Anybody have any idea of where to find a similar item?
For years, I've used linen kitchen towels that belonged to my grandmother in lieu of cheesecloth. I've also used (100% cotton) muslin pillowcases (to encase a St. Mary's County stuffed ham) for boiling with good results. I bought these at a discount store of some sort (Ross??? T.J. Maxx???).
You might want to search for some butter muslin. I just bought some not too long ago and, while I don't believe it's hemmed, it is thicker than the thin stuff you find. The brand I have is from the New England Cheesemaking Supply Co.
I aslo picked up some "natural" cheesecloth (not bleached) at Blood Bath and Beyond. Put out by Regency Naturals and it, too, is thicker.