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I make cheese with this cheesecloth
on October 10, 2014
I use this cheesecloth to make cheese, and I am comparing this product mostly to cheesecloth shipped from specialty cheese shops. Generic, so-called "fine", cheesecloth purchased much earlier through Amazon would rate 1 or 2 on my scale.
Like others, I am pleased to use unbleached cloth. The mesh size is as specified, and is good for making cheese. It would work even better, and in particular the cheese would eject more easily from the mold, if the thread were thicker, but the cheese knitted and drained properly, so I'm satisfied. I have used up about one square yard and so far have not noticed any defects in the weave.
As I cut the cheesecloth, I seemed to get more loose pieces, and this cloth runs a little more easily than I'm used to when I pull a thread . On the other hand, when I demolded the wheels, I had to remove only a few loose threads from the cheese, and that's the more important thing.
Like the inferior generic stuff I had bought earlier, but unlike the specialty stuff I have been using, this cloth comes well folded. This is important to me, because I make four rectangles each week, each 8.5 x 14.5 inches. The 36-inch wide material, folded twice, makes this particularly easy, but only if it's well folded. I cut off 14.5 inches, refolded this piece quickly to remove a couple of small unwanted folds, and then cut out all four pieces at once. Fast; almost as fast as I boil the water to disinfect the pieces.
Cheesecloth is in theory reusable: wash in cold to remove the bits of cheese, then in hot soapy water to finish. However, I doubt my ability and patience to remove every bit of old cheese, so I use fresh cheesecloth every time, boiled just before use. So price is important, and this cheesecloth I can afford.
I'm wrapped only 8 small wheels of cheddar so far. Perhaps I'll update this review after I gain more experience.
10/25/2014: After 16 wheels, I'm downrating from 4 to 3 for the presence of lint, despite the "lint free" claim on the box. After I gave the manufacturer a chance to explain otherwise (no response yet), I've concluded that a few small pieces of cotton can separate from the cloth and end up on food. These particles are hard to see in the cheesecloth itself, easy to see on creamy white cheese wheels, but perhaps hard to see on most foods. I think another reviewer, complaining about lint among other things, rated this product lower. The lint doesn't bother me as much. I need to inspect wheels carefully anyway after demolding, and removing a few particles of lint takes only a few extra seconds per wheel. Not annoying enough to return my unused package, but probably enough to prevent me from buying again.
10/25: The manufacturer has fully refunded my purchase, so now my cheesecloth is free. No need for that really, but I think it shows that they want satisfied customers. See the comments for more.