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Jul 4, 2011 01:55 PM

What happened to old-fashioned household string?

I just ran out of my kitchen string - you know the old-fashioned, cotton white string you can break with your hands? I've searched every store I can think of in the Oakville/Burlington area and cannot locate - the closest thing I've found is what is referred to as 'Medium Household Twine' at a big box hardware store - but it's much rougher than the old stuff and can't be broken with a good tug. Has anyone purchased string in the last year - if so where!! I've tried grocery, hardware, dollar stores - even Cdn Tire - they sent me to the rope section - but alas, only rope and more twine.

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    1. re: justsayn

      Thx. I've tried a couple of different ones - no luck so far.

    2. Ask your local bakery where they get theirs. I would imagine the string you're looking for is what bakeries use to tie up cake boxes.

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      1. re: Tatai

        You're right - that is usually the right kind of string (easy to break by just pulling sharply, softer than twine or cord) - I'll do that - thanks for the idea. I just assumed it would be sitting in the grocery store like it always was, but guess it's no longer a staple household item.

      2. Highland Farms sells butcher cord at the meat counter. There is one in Mississauga.

        Highland Farms
        850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

        Highland Farms
        3300 Rutherford Rd, Vaughan, ON L4K 5Z2, CA

        1. Around here (NJ) ShopRite sells it by the poultry, baking and housewares aisles. Have you tried asking the grocery butcher, bakery mgr or customer service dept?

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          1. re: HillJ

            Another thought is Bed, Bath & Beyond, Sur La Table, Crate & Barrel or Williams-Sonoma.
            Plenty of choices thru Amazon:

            1. re: HillJ

              Thx HillJ - I really don't want to get into paying shipping on something that should cost a twoonie though :) but I will check BB&B (although online they only sell sets with a stand and scissors) and I see a Crate & Barrel just opened in Mississauga so next time I'm that way I'll check there. Not sure about the others - can't think of either being close by. When I do find it - I'm stocking up for sure!

              1. re: Blinkins

                I hear ya on the shipping. I'm sure you'll score some thru BBB. I can relate to the frustration that (sometimes) comes with tracking down a simple, favorite kitchen tool/item.

          2. Perhaps you can try some Chinese grocery or houseware store.