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Offline Danbo

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Best cheesecloth / butter muslin
« on: November 08, 2016, 02:28:48 PM »
What is the best type of cheesecloth / butter muslin for moulds.

I'm using a disposable plastic alternative, but I want something made of cotton.

I've seen different types and qualities.

Which is best and how many threads per inch should I aim for?

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Re: Best cheesecloth / butter muslin
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2016, 04:31:25 PM »
I generally use a wash machine to clean my cheesecloth's but they unraveled and caused loose threads. I switched to unbleached 100% cotton that are oversewn (sewn edges) and have been very pleased.  I don't know the thread count but they are somewhat fine similar to muslin.  They are a bit pricey but worth it because they last a very long time.  I do wish they made them a bit bigger for my larger batches.


Here is a link to a UK supplier: 

http://www.gnltd.co.uk/goat-nutrition/cheese-cloth-24-oversewn-for-cheese-making.html

Here is my source here in the US:

https://cheeseandyogurtmaking.com/cheese-making-supplies/cheese-making-cloths-and-filters/cheese-cloth-24-oversewn-for-cheese-making.html

Below is one of mine after about a dozen cleanings in a washing machine.
« Last Edit: November 08, 2016, 04:42:14 PM by Duntov »
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Re: Best cheesecloth / butter muslin
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2016, 10:43:52 PM »
Thanks for the tip. :)

I looked at the uk supplier (thank you for the link). Their cloth is too small for my batches but now I have an idea what to look for.

Nice cheese by the way!

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Re: Best cheesecloth / butter muslin
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2017, 06:14:12 PM »
You mentioned a plastic alternative? I was wondering if anyone had used something like a nylon paint strainer bag?

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Re: Best cheesecloth / butter muslin
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2017, 07:43:15 PM »
You can use butter muslin or plyban.  Both can be found here however there are other sites offering it.  http://www.cheeseconnection.net/product-category/tools-supplies-ripening-room/butter-muslin-cheese-cloth-plyban/
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Re: Best cheesecloth / butter muslin
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2017, 07:50:07 PM »
I use muslin and tulle/net type material.
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Re: Best cheesecloth / butter muslin
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2017, 07:59:48 PM »
Ann, do you find that tulle holds the curds in, it's not too loose?

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Re: Best cheesecloth / butter muslin
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2017, 09:55:23 PM »
Tulle is good for hard and semi hard cheese, very minimal sticking if any. I really like it and it leaves minimal marks too. Definitely not for draining soft cheese though.
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Re: Best cheesecloth / butter muslin
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2017, 11:52:34 PM »
Thanks!  I'll try it.  I just happen to have a bunch of tulle.
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