cheese·​cloth | \ ˈchēz-ˌklȯth How to pronounce cheesecloth (audio) \

Definition of cheesecloth

: a very lightweight unsized cotton gauze

Examples of cheesecloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Olsen is meticulous rendering her seal oil, running it multiple times through cheesecloth to strain out any flavors that might pack too pungent a punch. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 11 June 2022 When ready to fry, remove the cake from the bamboo steamer and peel off the cheesecloth. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 Steep for 30 minutes, then puree in a blender and strain through cheesecloth. Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2021 Place strainer over mixing bowl, line with moistened cheese cloth and slowly pour milk mixture into the cheesecloth. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Top the jar with cheesecloth and hold it in place with a rubber band. Beth Segal, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2021 Put the cinnamon stick, star anise and whole cloves in cheesecloth and wrap up with twine. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Tie the star anise, cinnamon stick and bay leaves in a cheesecloth bundle, then add the bundle to the pot. Cuong Pham, Robb Report, 28 Jan. 2022 Make sure all utensils, pots, containers, cheesecloth and strainer are clean. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cheesecloth

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cheesecloth

from its use in the making of cheese

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20 Jun 2022

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“Cheesecloth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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cheese·​cloth | \ ˈchēz-ˌklȯth How to pronounce cheesecloth (audio) \

Kids Definition of cheesecloth

: a thin loosely woven cotton cloth

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