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A "gauze weave" cotton multi-use fabric. Cheesecloth comes in various grades. The common "household" variety works well for straining foods and even as a dusting cloth. A heavier, coarse grade cheesecloth is used in the cheesemaking process to strain curds and for lining cheese molds. The former can be purchased at the grocery or hardware store but the latter should be purchased from a cheesemaking supply store.
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Substitute for cheesecloth

A flour sack kitchen towel can be used for straining liquids.


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