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Straining Stock

post #1 of 20
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This morning I discovered a new (for me at least) way to strain stock by filtering it through a gold mesh coffee filter. Works as well for me as using cheese cloth.

Shel
post #2 of 20
Try (new, washed...) baby diapers. Just as good as cheesecloth, but stronger and washable...
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post #3 of 20
I can't tell whether you were joking or serious.
post #4 of 20
Serious. When you've got to strain 80 quarts of consomme you're going to need something larger than a coffee filter.
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post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Of course, when you're only straining a few quarts in a small kitchen, trying to use a diaper may be more of a hinderance (sp?) than a help :look:

Shel
post #6 of 20
Not really, you can cut it up into smaller pieces and line a sieve with it.
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post #7 of 20
I use an old (CLEAN) handkerchief. Just the right size for my strainer.

Diapers... I just read a post in another thread from a guy who'd made coffee in the army with a (clean) sock for a filter... I suppose there is room for this line of thinking to get even WORSE...
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post #8 of 20
Get me an avocado, an ice pick and my snorkel. Trust me, I have made strainers with less!
post #9 of 20
thats funny u use diapers as well, although ive had better results w/ DEPENDS..
post #10 of 20
Really? I'd think cloth diapers would work better. They absorb less.

















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post #11 of 20
The visual on that was, at best, worth a snicker.:lol:
post #12 of 20
Even Diaper Dog snickered at that one, lol.
post #13 of 20
Gee, I'm glad you guys are amused. But the fact is, diapers make one of the most useful kitchen cloths available.

I use them to strain stock, as mentioned (even for a few quarts, btw). But also as a general wipe-down cloth and hand towel.

I buy them new, give them a wash to get rid of the sizing, and voila! They're relatively inexpensive, reusable, versatile, and last two-days longer than forever.
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post #14 of 20
Your use of diapers for stock straining (and other kitchen chores) reminds me of my use of urine specimen cups for holding dipping sauces at picnics.

I get a few looks askance for that, but new, never used urine specimen cups are not only clean, they're certified sterile! And, the screw-on lids are designed to prevent any kind of spillage, seepage, etc. Heck, they even have measuring gradations on the side! :lol:
post #15 of 20
How about pap smears for cocktail stirrers?
post #16 of 20
So just to be clear, we're talking about cloth diapers rather than disposable, right? I can see the potential for cloth, but I'm not sure how disposables would work out. Maybe I just don't have much imagination.
post #17 of 20
I think if you used disposable diapers you would get
chicken flavored aspic. Those diapers hold a ton.
post #18 of 20

I use cloth (gauze) flatfold diapers, too. They are much stronger than cheese cloth, can be washed and boiled prior to re-use. I mark them "stock filter" in indelible ink. They are large enough that you can merely tie your vegetables and herbs in them.

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