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Cleaning cheese cloth
« on: February 25, 2014, 02:07:02 PM »
This might sound like a fairly strange question but does anyone know how to clean a cheese cloth whenever I press a cheese the cheese cloth that I use for pressing is caked in bits of curd that are impossible to wash out with soap and water what should I do, I don't want to put it in the washing machine as there is know were for the bits to go then.
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Re: Cleaning cheese cloth
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2014, 02:56:03 PM »
I use a cheap Oxy cleaner and warm water the bubbles seam to dislodge all the carp and the washing soda in it disolves all the fat.  :) Just make sure you use a non scented one .

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Re: Cleaning cheese cloth
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2014, 03:09:24 PM »
Ok thankyou gray I will try that at the weekend when I make my next cheese.
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Re: Cleaning cheese cloth
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2014, 04:06:10 PM »
Was going to suggest Napi-San ( nappy soaker/cleaner ). Make sure to use hot water as it makes it work alot better. Napi-San is also a sanitizer so is great for soaking gear and equipment. The ctive ingrediant is sodium percarbonate so find a product with the highest amount with a scent. 

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Re: Cleaning cheese cloth
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2014, 07:04:14 PM »
I don't want to put it in the washing machine as there is know were for the bits to go then.
   I wash all of my cloths using machine washer / dryer and haven't had any issues.  Just make sure you rinse the "clingies" out as much as you can using COLD water first. 

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Re: Cleaning cheese cloth
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2014, 09:06:33 PM »
  I use straight washing soda or dairy wash. It works for me.   Pete
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Re: Cleaning cheese cloth
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2014, 12:36:24 AM »
Ok thanks I will try that
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Re: Cleaning cheese cloth
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2014, 03:08:35 PM »
Soak your cheese cloth in cold water first. Hot water will further melt the cheese into your fibers.

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Re: Cleaning cheese cloth
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2014, 04:02:59 PM »
Rinse them out as best as you can and then in the washer with bleach.  Works great.
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Re: Cleaning cheese cloth
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2014, 03:43:57 AM »
Thanks I was so close to throwing it away :)
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Re: Cleaning cheese cloth
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2014, 06:30:07 AM »
One trick I use is to scrape the curds off the cloth with a spoon after soaking in water.  Make sure you scrape diagonally, to prevent dislocating the individual strings in the cloth.

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Re: Cleaning cheese cloth
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2014, 03:27:38 PM »
Thank you I will try that :)
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Re: Cleaning cheese cloth
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2014, 07:41:21 PM »
Soak your cheese cloth in cold water first. Hot water will further melt the cheese into your fibers.

This is what I do too.  Cold water soak and the particles crumble away.
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