Does cheesecloth have a shelf life?
Cotton products have an extremely long shelf life. The shelf life can be affected by storage conditions. Avoid storage in extremely hot or damp areas.
Is cotton cheesecloth biodegradable?
Yes, cheesecloth is biodegradable because it is made from 100% natural cotton.
Is it better to use bleached or natural cheesecloth in the food industry?
Bleached cheesecloth is processed to meet the medical grade specification for non-sterile gauze products and has been processed to remove the impurities of the natural cotton fibres such as seed particles and oils. It is considered food safe.
Natural cheesecloth is generally not used in food preparation as it is in a natural cotton state and has not been bleached to remove the impurities. There are too many cotton seeds and “pepper trash” in the material for use around food.
What types of chemicals are used in the bleaching process?
Peroxide is used to clean and whiten cheesecloth; it is a non-chlorine bleach that does not contain chemical binders. There is no use of chlorine bleach.