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[cheez-klawth, -kloth] /ˈtʃizˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
a lightweight cotton fabric of open texture.
Also called, especially British, butter muslin.
Origin of cheesecloth
1650-60; so called because first used to wrap cheese Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for cheesecloth
  • Place a coffee filter or piece of cheesecloth around the mouth of the jar or original container.
  • Whole families grab homemade nets of mosquito netting or cheesecloth and wade into the sea.
  • Strain syrup through cheesecloth and add to the fruit juices.
  • Strain the liquid through cheesecloth or another burlap bag.
  • Oh yeah, stocking up on cheesecloth and light linen cloths to wrap up the citrus trees.
  • Arrange on a tin plate covered with cheesecloth, fold cheesecloth over fillets, and cook in steamer fifteen minutes.
  • Strain through cheesecloth, reheat liquor, and thicken with butter and flour cooked together.
  • Heat slowly to boiling-point clams and oysters with liquor from both, let simmer twenty minutes and strain through cheesecloth.
  • Remove clams from shells and strain liquor through double thickness cheesecloth.
  • Strain the cooking juices thorough a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a bowl.
British Dictionary definitions for cheesecloth


a loosely woven cotton cloth formerly used only for wrapping cheese
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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