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Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« on: February 12, 2009, 12:58:28 AM »
Well I found these at the dollar store.  They are large, thin cotton towels and they called them flour sack cloth.  Anyone used these for draining curds?

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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2009, 01:15:57 AM »
Do you have a picture?
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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2009, 01:51:04 AM »
Do you have a picture?

I can take one tomorrow...

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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2009, 03:13:46 AM »
You just have to make sure they're not made with dies or anything, even if they were white they can contain dies or other compounds. To me for cheap stuff I always tend to use the items made for what I'm doing when it comes to food. That way there is no doubt if you run into a problem down the line, one less thing to worry about.
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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2009, 04:32:19 AM »
You just have to make sure they're not made with dies or anything, even if they were white they can contain dies or other compounds. To me for cheap stuff I always tend to use the items made for what I'm doing when it comes to food. That way there is no doubt if you run into a problem down the line, one less thing to worry about.

Well... since the natural color of cotton is white, I really don't think they dyed this.  I do dyework, and that would be sorta redundant.  They were probably bleached though.  Unfortunately, it's probably not organic cotton, and probably from China, so I'll wash these before I use them.  Fortunately I still have some cheesecloth for tomorrow's ricotta.

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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2009, 03:11:36 PM »
I have used a cotton teatowel when I have needed an extra draining mat, or to hang cheese for extra layers.  I haven't used one though as a pressing cloth in a mould.

What are you hoping to use it for?

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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2009, 03:31:25 PM »
I have used a cotton teatowel when I have needed an extra draining mat, or to hang cheese for extra layers.  I haven't used one though as a pressing cloth in a mould.

What are you hoping to use it for?

to drain cheese.  Cheese cloth is expensive and gets stretched out an ratty pretty fast.

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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2009, 10:55:40 AM »
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I can't agree with you more on the cheese cloth getting ratty.  I have been looking for bulk nylon material that they use for grain bags in brewing that I can then make custom sized liners for my molds.
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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2009, 02:13:42 PM »
Captain did you see my post on mesh. It's all I'm using now, if you want a demostration you're more than welcome to come by and see it in use.
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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2009, 03:33:27 PM »
Yes, I have used them and they are Wonderful!! They are like the old diapers of gone days but cheaper than doing a search for diapers.

Just wet them first, which is so simple because they really get all wet fast. Then dump the curds in and it drains in a jiffy. Now, that I have found them I am never going back to muslin, store bought cheese cloth, and/or old pillow cases, etc.

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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2009, 04:30:39 PM »
Welcome to the forum, where did you get yours? In same USA "Dollar Store"?

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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2009, 06:16:45 PM »
I found a similar dishtowel at WalMart I use. They are great! I wish I would have bought a dozen packs of them but I only bought one and now they are MIA. I cut one into 4 pieces for molds and washing. I will check the dollar store they are GREAT! Nothing gets through except the whey! 

Do they look like this?

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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2009, 12:01:43 AM »
Sam's Club has flours sack back in the restraunt supply section.
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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2009, 01:26:08 PM »
I found them on the web for an outrageous price but stumbled upon them at Walmart. I figured I would give it a shot, after trying so many other things that did not work. I believe it was 6 oversized towels (diapers) for $5.50. I have made 6 batches of 1 lb cheese. Washed, sanitized and then started over. Their ends are long enough to tie around a board to hang the draining cheese over a deep pot, which frees up the sink area.

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Re: Cheese Cloth - Cotton Flour Sacks
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2009, 09:35:29 PM »
I like them a lot for draining curds.