You Can Use A Handkerchief As Cheesecloth

Cheesecloth is one of those things I never seem to have on hand and have to purchase anew each time I wish to make ricotta. Though you can technically wash and reuse it, I've always found that task to be a bit frustrating. (It doesn't get fully clean when I hand-wash it, but gets all effed up in the laundry.)

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Luckily, The Kitchn has three cheesecloth alternatives that you can use if there's no cheese-specific cloth to be found - one of which is a large handkerchief. I like this idea because they are pre-cut, extremely easy to wash, and pretty inexpensive. They also have a very fine weave, which makes them great for some of the softer cheeses. Of course, you'd have to make sure you have a designated "kitchen handkerchief" storage spot, so you don't mix them up with those used on a nose. (I've only ever seen old men blow their nose into handkerchiefs though, so maybe the distinction isn't necessary in your house.)

Replace Cheesecloth with One of These 3 Reusable Alternatives [The Kitchn ]

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