Chinois alternative?

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by jackstraw, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. jackstraw

    jackstraw

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    Hello.  I'm working with a recipe that has me using a chinois.  It's basically a pumpkin syrup made by heating simple syrup, pumpkin puree, and whole garam masala.  After that's done it says i to strain using a chinois.  I don't own one of those, and don't really want to spend $30 in order to try this recipe.  Can anyone recommend an alternative method of straining this?

    The actual recipe can be found here:

    http://www.spiritmag.com/click_this/article/prabu_punch/

    Thanks for any advice you can offer!
     
  2. foodpump

    foodpump

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    Double or triple layer of moistened cheesecloth works well, but cheesecloth can't be re-used.  100% cotton baby diapers can though... This is not a joke, but something you will find in professional kitchens.

    Hope this helps
     
  3. french fries

    french fries

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    When a recipe calls for a chinois I strain with a mesh strainer. And if I truly need the result to be even further strained I'll use a paper coffee filter - but you need a lot of patience, it's a slooooow straining. 
     
  4. j20832

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    At home,I use sack cloth, layered as needed for the task.  Two layers to strain yogurt, more so for broths.  The cloth cleans up fine in the washing machine (with some bleach for sanitizer) and it is cheap, so I just replace when necessary.  Definitely not as thick as a diaper, but easily layered.  Will have to try the diapers!