|If you’ve made Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or cream cheese then you might be wondering what on earth to do with that dirty cheesecloth left over. For a long time, I just threw mine away…..until my genius Mama told me that I was supposed to be reusing it. Uhhhh, oops? I smacked myself on the head and then lamented ALL DAY about all the cheesecloth I had thrown out. That stuff isn’t cheap ya know. So, I thought maybe someone else out there would be as happy as me to know that it can be reused. The process is pretty easy, so let’s check it out.|
|First, run a sink of warm water and really rinse that booger out. It’s going to be pretty matted and yucky. You won’t be able to get it all out, but just douse it lots of times and get the bigger parts of dairy out. Drain the water.|
|Run another partial sink of hot, soapy water. Put your cheesecloth down into the water and let it soak about 30 minutes. That will help most of the food particles to release. After 30 minutes, scrub it to really get it clean. I just used by hands and rubbed the fabric against itself to create bubbles and washing action. You could use a scrub brush if you wanted. Scrub until you can tell all your food is gone. It might take a while……put some effort into it! Call this your Cheesecloth Workout. (If you can’t get all the food out, you can also boil the cheesecloth in a pot of water on the stove. Boil for about 15 minutes. This method also works if your cheesecloth is retaining some of the dairy scent.)|
|When you feel like your cheesecloth is clean, rinse it under running water until you can tell all the soap is gone. You want to be really sure of this……leave no soap behind. Soapy yogurt? Blech!|
|Now, you CAN throw it in the dryer to dry it…..but I prefer to hang my clothes in the sun to dry. The plus for hanging this cheesecloth in the sun is that the sunlight will kill any bacteria that might still be hanging around. The boiling of water on the stove also helps with this….but why boil when the sun can do your work?When it’s dry, you are ready to reuse it. Isn’t it nice to reuse something instead of throwing it away?|
|This post is linked at Real Food Wednesday on Kelly The Kitchen Kop, at Sunday School on Butter Believer, and at Simple Lives Thursday at GNOWFGLINS.|
Cleaning and Reusing Cheesecloth
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