butter muslin Notes: This resembles a tightly woven cheesecloth and is used for straining fine particles from a liquid. Substitutes: cotton cloth, like a sheet or pillowcase OR coffee filter

cheesecloth Notes: Includes fine cheesecloth Substitutes: clean kitchen towel

coffee filter Substitutes: heavy duty paper towel OR cheesecloth folded several times

colander Notes: Cooks use these to wash foods or to drain noodles or vegetables after boiling. Large metal ones are best. Substitutes: use tongs to lift food out (works especially well with noodles) OR strainer

degreasing pitcher Substitutes: Set pan in refrigerator until fat congeals on top, then scrape it off OR pour drippings into measuring cup, then use bulb baster to remove grease on top

funnel Substitutes: roll paper or aluminum foil into a cone

ice cream scoop


salad spinner Substitutes: put rinsed greens in a colander, cover with towel, shake OR lay rinsed greens on a towel, roll up gently, and refrigerate

slotted spoon Substitutes: Chinese wire-mesh strainer OR colander nested in pot OR tongs

yogurt strainer Notes: This fine-meshed strainer is used to drain off the whey from yogurt in order to make yogurt cheese. Substitutes: Line a colander with several folds of cheesecloth or fine cloth.

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