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Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« on: February 21, 2009, 06:44:38 PM »
I decided to start a new thread for the different mesh I have for draining camembert. I got two sizes. Here they are.

First 3 pics are of .110" x .170"
the last pics is .055" x .085"

I think I'll start with the first one and if too many curds come through I'll try the second.
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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2009, 06:49:39 PM »
Carter, looks good, I think you posted but don't know where, where did you get this from and how much minimum did you have to buy?

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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2009, 06:57:56 PM »
I got it from McMaster Carr it's $3 per foot and it's 48" wide. There is a 1' minimum.
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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2009, 07:08:22 PM »
Wow US based McMaster Carr has a lot goods and it's all mail order, easy, thanks.

I'll order some once you work the kinks out ;D.

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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2009, 07:09:54 PM »
This is my best supplier. They're fairly good priced don't over charge on shipping and same day shipping and don't have a minimum and have everything you could want.
« Last Edit: February 21, 2009, 09:12:17 PM by Cartierusm »
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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2009, 07:44:38 PM »
er... went to their site... where do I find this?  with 49,000 products it makes it a bit of a challenge!

I got my plastic canvas today.  But i'll probably need some mats with bigger holes.

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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2009, 07:45:26 PM »
I've never heard of McMaster-Carr before.  I just opened it up.

OMG I am in heaven.

I might be on this site for a while.
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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2009, 09:15:35 PM »
Uhh, let's see it's very easy if you know what you're looking for but I can't really explain how to get around as it would take 10 pages.

First off type in plastic mesh and it will guide you through.
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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2009, 07:54:48 AM »
Actually they advertise 480,000 products a lot!

Love a detective story . . . when I search on plastic mesh my first choice is mesh style:
  • Woven - Not good as will come undone and not very sanitary as milk material get trapped in where threads touch.
  • Knitted - Not good, same as Woven.
  • Molded Mesh - Good.
  • Round Hole Perforated - Good.

Click on Round Hole Perforated, scroll down to bottom price list, smallest diameter hole is 0.094", cheapest is 32" x 48" sheet for USD34.33, hole probably not small enough as will leave heavy pattern on cheese.

Clicked back and clicked into Molded Mesh, scrolled down to bottom, sold off roll by lineal foot @ USD1/foot and up, lots of choice, probably what Carter ordered. Decision, what material type:
  • Polyethylene - Non-toxic, non-conductive, and won't corrode or rot. Strong, lightweight, and flexible.
  • Polypropylene - Prevents bacteria build-up. Chemically resistant, and nontoxic.
  • PTFE - Use for high-temperature applications. Provides good chemical resistance and meets FDA regulations for food contact.
I think all 3 are good for low temp food grade applications, PTFE is expensive, Polyethylene is mostly black, Polypropylene is all white, choice?

Decision, Joint Thickness, bigger is better as stiffer so bend less and for me I'd lose less curds out side.

Decision, Strand thickness, bigger is better as stiffer, but if less than Joint Thickness on one side would aid in drainage, but if thicker on both sides then uneven cheese surface.

Decisions, Strand Size Width+Temp, not important; Sheet Width+Color, personal decisions.

Decision, Diamond Size, this is important, I'm thinking smaller, but not too small otherwise like Carter said in another thread, even water wouldn't pass due to surface tension - capillary forces, smaller choices are:
  • 0.021"x0.027"
  • 0.025"x0.005"
  • 0.03"x0.035"
  • 0.045"x0.025"
  • 0.055"x0.085"
  • 0.06"x0.06"
  • 0.08"x0.025"
  • 0.08"x0.102"
  • 0.1"x0.1"
  • 0.11"x0.17"
  • 0.15"x0.05"
  • 0.15"x0.15"
  • 0.2"x0.2"

The bolded ones are the two I think Carter ordered in Polyproplene, correct? Waiting to hear how they work out . . .

I currently have two sizes I bought from DairyConnection.com, both white, both Molded Mesh, both square holes:
  • "Course" I just measured is ~0.1" x 0.1" squares, it's nice and stiff but leaves a very course pattern on my Camemberts.
  • "Fine" I just measured is ~0.06" x 0.06" squares, it's very flexible and leaves a fine/no pattern on my Camemberts.
I often place my Camembert hoops on two mats course, then fine then hoop to get more rigidity when I turn.
« Last Edit: February 22, 2009, 08:11:04 AM by John (Cheese Head) »

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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2009, 09:47:10 AM »
This is what I am considering.


Material Type:             Plastic
Plastic Type:               Polypropylene
Form:                        Molded Mesh
Shape:                      Sheets
General Opening Size:  Coarse
Diamond Opening Size: .11" x .17"
Joint Thickness:         .034"
Strand Size Thickness: .031"
Strand Size Width:      .038"
Sheet Width:             43-1/2"
Sheet Length:           Cut-to-Length
Maximum Continuous Length: 300 Linear Feet
Color:                      White
Maximum Temperature: 200° F
Specifications Met:    FDA Compliant
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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2009, 11:55:52 AM »
Wayne, are you going to get the full 300 linear feet!  :o  ;D

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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2009, 12:45:00 PM »
yeah, uh no.


I would need only about 7 ft.


why.....Do i need to buy the whole roll?
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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2009, 01:22:51 AM »
I've created so many monsters..

Wayne and everyone else read about post, no minimum order, you can order 1' if you like. Wayne I think that's the one I ordered. Just for future infor they do say on products that are food safe FDA. Also most of the time they have a selection process which to me is very very cool. It basically asks you what you want and you can select options to get where your going.
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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2009, 07:51:34 AM »
I ordered my share last night. 
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Re: Draining Mats - From McMaster.com
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2009, 11:59:32 AM »
Here are my mats
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