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7 Ways to Use Cheesecloth (That Aren’t Cheesemaking!)
You may have seen cheesecloth mentioned in recipes for cheese, soups, and poultry but this handy kitchen tool has many other uses.
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We all know cheesecloth—that gauzy fabric you see in kitchen shops and even at the fabric store. But for as many times as we pass it, we often wonder what this fabric is good for. As the name suggests, it’s great for making cheese, but this unusual kitchen staple has other practical uses, too! You can stock up on 100% cotton cheesecloth here ($4).
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Nothing is more delicious than having a nice slice of moist chicken or turkey breast. It really is quite versatile as it makes for great lunches or dinners. A good trick to keep the breast moist is to wrap it in cheesecloth that has been drenched in a mix of white wine, olive oil, and butter. Try it here with our favorite turkey recipes.
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When it comes to straining, we typically rely on our regular colanders, but sometimes recipes call for a bit finer of a sieve. That’s where cheesecloth comes in.
Before you use it, be sure to rinse it to remove any lint. Then layer it over your normal strainer and filter your ingredients through. Cheesecloth is a must for making homemade stock—find out how to make it from scratch here—but it’s great for filtering coffee, removing curds from yogurt and removing seeds from jams and jellies, too.
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Adding dusted sugar or cocoa to finish off your cake or cookies can make your dessert look like a masterpiece. Place a piece of cheesecloth over a canning jar. Pull it as tight as possible and screw on the ring without the cap and dust. Try it when making these awesome cookie recipes.
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When using herbs and seasonings in your meal prep get the flavor without the stems floating in your soups or stews. Place your herbs into a cut piece of cheesecloth and tie the top with twine. Drop it into your pot and remove before serving. Do the same with loose tea leaves.
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Cheesecloth can function much in the same way as medical gauze. If you happen to hurt yourself slicing and dicing your fruits and veggies. Wash the wound with soap and cool water add some antibacterial cream and cover loosely with a clean unused piece of cheesecloth.
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As we head into barbecue season bugs and insects may want to visit our food as it lies on our picnic tables. To keep your ribs and burgers safe from contamination drape them with cheesecloth. To add a little flavor to your food try one of these barbecue sauce recipes.
The weave of cheesecloth adds just enough friction to remove water stains and other gunk from our silverware and pots. You can use it by itself or dampen the material and add a little baking soda and polish away. It just may return your pots and pans to their original shine.