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Re: Mold Hacks
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2016, 11:41:57 AM »
You can buy sheets of 1/16 to 1/8 in HDPE that is flexible enough to bend into a hoop. A little heat from a heat gun (hair dryer) helps the bending process. It is easy to cut with  scissors. A 24 x 48 inch sheet should make four 12 inch dia by 6 inch tall molds.

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Re: Mold Hacks
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2016, 12:39:10 PM »
Yeah, I was thinking more along the lines of 1/2 gallon paint buckets.
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Re: Mold Hacks
« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2016, 08:18:33 PM »
Where can I get food grade paint buckets?
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Re: Mold Hacks
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2016, 12:06:52 AM »
Good idea , seems a reasonable price if one has a table saw to split it into strips

3/32  seems about correct

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Re: Mold Hacks
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2016, 12:38:52 AM »
I have used a paper cutter and scissors to cut 1/8 with no problem.

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Re: Mold Hacks
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2016, 07:55:03 AM »
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Re: Mold Hacks
« Reply #21 on: December 18, 2016, 12:19:51 PM »
I use yoghurt containers. They come in a variety of sizes and are food grade.

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Re: Mold Hacks
« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2016, 09:26:31 AM »
I bought some basic food storage containers ($8), drilled holes into the largest one (7inch diameter)...i bought a plastic cutting board ($8) and cut out a circle from it and use that as the follower. I usually get about a 4lb pressed cheese from it with no problem.

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Re: Mold Hacks
« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2016, 09:29:01 AM »
I think the orange buckets at Home Depot are HDPE  you could slice them into strips the width of the desired mold height and make one of these

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You could use a  cable tie to tighten it up to size


That's a great idea. I might try that next time im making a Parmesan.

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Re: Mold Hacks
« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2016, 07:04:53 PM »
I went looking for various things to use and the only thing I came up with, that wouldn't cost as much as the molds, was 2 liter soda bottles. My only concern is that they might not be rigid enough. I am going to give it a try.
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