Test Kitchen tips: Cheesecloth substitutions
If you ever find out you're short on cheesecloth in the kitchen, a coffee filter or linen dish towel -- even a paper towel -- can work in a pinch.
Line a strainer with a coffee filter or towel (linen or paper) to strain stocks and broth, and substitute a coffee filter for cheesecloth when you need a sachet. A linen dish towel (torchon) is perfect for poaching a rolled item when it needs to keep its shape.
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-- Noelle Carter
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