cheese·​cloth | \ ˈchēz-ˌklȯth \

Definition of cheesecloth

: a very lightweight unsized cotton gauze

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Pour the water out through these holes, then strain it through a cheesecloth and drink it—for the electrolytes as well as the sheer pleasure of it. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018 Wrap ginger in a square of cheesecloth and squeeze over a medium bowl to extract the juice. House Beautiful, "Ginger Marinated Heirloom Tomato with Watermelon, Burrata, and Arugula," 12 May 2011 Stop Tarnish Wrap chalk in cheesecloth and store with silverware to absorb excess moisture, which causes tarnishing. 3. Staff, Woman's Day, "5 Ways… with Chalk," 17 Feb. 2010 Essentially cottage cheese before it has been dressed, farmer’s cheese is sometimes hung in cheesecloth or pressed to make a crumbly but solid mass; the American style is salted. New York Times, "A Guide to Soft Fresh Cheeses: Cottage Cheese, Mascarpone and More," 26 June 2018 Strain the reserved cooking stock into the shrimp stock, using a strainer lined with cheesecloth or paper towels. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Spanish food? Sí, por favor!," 29 May 2018 Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve, chinois or cheesecloth. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018 Strain the liquid through cheesecloth or a coffee filter, saving the witch hazel water and discarding the bark. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Witch Hazel (And Turn It Into A Home Remedy)," 14 Nov. 2017 Transfer mixture to a 1-quart jar with a lid and cover it with a screen lid or some cheesecloth. Sally Singer, Vogue, "Hollywood’s Favorite Detox Resort Launches a Delicious Vegetarian Cookbook," 13 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cheesecloth

: a very thin cotton cloth that is used especially in preparing food


cheese·​cloth | \ ˈchēz-ˌklȯth \

Kids Definition of cheesecloth

: a thin loosely woven cotton cloth

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to gather or build up little by little

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