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The traditional purpose of Cheesecloth was to wrap cheese in, as the name in English implies.

It is a cotton cloth made in a loose weave. There are fine and coarse versions, though when the weave gets very fine, the line between Cheesecloth and Butter Muslin starts to blur. You can get it bleached and unbleached .

Cheesecloth doesn't shed lint, doesn't lose its strength when wet, and doesn't impart any flavour to food.

It can be used for straining, as a pouch for putting a bouquet garni in, lining moulds, or wrapping delicate foods such as fish in before poaching, In book binding, Cheesecloth is sometimes used as a fabric to line the spine of the book.

It is usually sold in bags at stores. You can also buy it by the yard in fabric stores, if you use a lot of it. You can cut larger pieces into smaller pieces as needed.

It can be washed and reused several times.


Butter muslin, unbleached muslin, or a clean, discarded nylon. For a bouquet garni, use a tea ball. For straining, use a strainer or sieve.

See also:

Cooking Tools

AGA Stoves; Alambic Stills; Batterie de Cuisine; Biscuit Brake; Branding Iron; Bread Bins; Butter Muslin; Canning Funnels; Cans; Cheesecloth; Chopsticks; Compote; Contact Paper; Cookware; Corkscrews; Corks; Dishwashers; Dough Scrapers; Egg Cups; Egg Timers; Esky; Fat Separators; Flour Dredgers; Flour Duster; Food Pushers; French Butter Crock; Funnels; Graters; Griddles; Ice Pick; Icing Syringe; Kitchen String; Kitchen Tongs; Kneading Gloves; Knives; Microwave Food Covers; Microwave Ovens; Milk Cellar; Milk Frother; Oxo Good Grips; Paraffin; Pea Sheller; Proof Box; Rolling Pins; Salad Spinner; Salamanders; Salt Cellar; Salt Pigs; Self-Basting; Separating Eggs; Spatulas; Steamers; Thermometers; Tortilla Warmers; Treen; Tupperware; Uchiwa; Whisks

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Also called:

Coton À Fromage, Étamine, Mousseline (French); Mousseline, Nessel, Passiertuch (German); Estopilla (Spanish)


Oulton, Randal. "Cheesecloth." CooksInfo.com. Published 19 May 2005; revised 03 March 2007. Web. Accessed 03/18/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/cheesecloth>.

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