Chinois strainer

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  1. gnnairda

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    I'm thinking of buying a Chinois strainer but I'm wondering how fine the mesh should be. I understand that the finer more particles are filtered ,but is there going to be a time when I'll be limited by using an extra fine mesh compared to a fine mesh? is there a certain brand I should get or are they all the same? how long do they usually last?
     
  2. chefray

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    I say the finer the better with a China Hat. If I need something more open, I'll grab a round sieve. If I need something finer, I'll track down a coffee filter:lol:.
     
  3. cheftoddmohr

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    Chinois is one of my most valued kitchen possessions.

    If you have a particular use in mind, I'd purchase one for that use.
    90% of the time, I use it to smooth pureed soups and sauces.

    I agree with ChefRay about coffee filters.
    I'd add a case of cheesecloth to your purchase for the step in between.
     
  4. gnnairda

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    ok it's been awhile since I posted this.

    so what I should do is get an extra fine chinois for the fine work

    and for coarse and semi coarse a strainer + cheese cloth

    from my understanding a chinois strainer is much more expensive then a china cap but much more finer which is needed for stocks.

    a chinois cost $ 140 here so It's a little bit pricey for my liking when I have no experience used a chinois or a china cap before

    for a puree a would a fine china cap be good enough and for clear stocks a coarse strainer with a coffee filter ( paper?) is good enough?
    Do you find a wider diameter is more comfortable?
     
  5. foodpump

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    Check your local restaurant supply store, you should find a decent mesh chinoise for under $50.00. I've also seen smaller ones at my local supermarket and at ktichen gadget shops

    Coffee filters do work, but they are sslloooooww, and they are prone to overfowing or bursting. Jelly bags work quite well, either nylon or cotton.

    If all else fails, get some new cloth baby diapers. I'm not kidding here, I've used them on many an occasion......
     
  6. kokopuffs

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    Multi layered cheesecloth.
     
  7. chefray

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    The unbleached filters are less prone to rupture. They are quite slow though. I usually use them for final plating of a consomme rather than bulk stock making. They really are too slow for any kind of great volume.
     
  8. duckfat

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    "from my understanding a chinois strainer is much more expensive then a china cap but much more finer which is needed for stocks"



    That is correct. A Chinois and a China cap are not the same piece of equipment. The only similarity is shape. A China cap is typically made from solid SS and is drilled so in essence it's a SS cone shaped colander.
    A Chinois is also usually made from SS but has a band of solid SS around the opening and the cone is made from a fine SS mesh.
    I agree with FP on Coffee filter use.... S L O W. I suspect most of us are talking about coffee urn filters due to the size. The other issue with coffee filters is that they are totally impractical for any thing that you might need to press through a fine screen. You won't be making raspberry sauce by pressing it though a coffee filter. The other problem with a coffee filter is they cog easyily which can be a RPITA depending on what you are doing.
    For home use you can get small fine mesh strainers at any kitchen supply. Sur la Table and Williams Sonoma will have them. The diffence between a mesh strainer and a chinois will be the shape, size, price and a chinois often has a reinforcing band around the mesh to support it when pushing a product through with a ladle.
    For most they will be all you ever need at home.



    Rosle Fine-Mesh Kitchen Strainers - Sur La Table
     
  9. gnnairda

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    I found some extra fine chinois strainers that ship to canada

    Chinois Strainers

    I see there is 3 price ranges . The cheapest chinoises from Asia and the most expensive ones are from France.

    you think the french one is more then 3 times more expensive then the asian one because of the word France makes it seem like good quality? it says it's double extra fine but is that really necessary?!?!?

    anyone ever used asian chinoises ? Is a Chinois holder that flimsy looking stand that looks like it cant stand more then 10 pounds of pressure? is it even useful?

    I cant really imagine what kind of problem the asian chinois would have unless the handle breaks easily.

    right now I'm leaning towards the 50 dollar asian strainer.
     
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    I love this forum. I always learn about products I must have but never knew existed :p
     
  11. foodpump

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    Most, if not all French products are priced high because the labour cost is so high.

    That being said the French quality is very good. The Asian chinoise are usually tin plated or galvanized, but the mesh cone IS s/s, and the cone is usually crimped into the body, where as the French is siliconed in.

    If you're using it daily and using it hard, go for the French, if not the Asiab oe will do nicely.

    A stand for a chinoise? We always used a #10 tin can with both ends cut off.....
     
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  12. gnnairda

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    is there a problem with it being galvanized and crimped? as long as it doesn't break on my I'll probably be fine with it. ever heard of people complaining about a chinois breaking on them? I'm looking for one that would last me my whole life so I just want to make sure so I'm not buying some piece of junk that will break in a couple of months. too bad there isn't review
     
  13. foodpump

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    Depends....

    If the Chef is screaming at you, and your girlfriend just left you, and you're straining, say, cream of aspergus soup through the chinoise and pushing up and down with a ladle, then, yes the crimped edge won't last as long as the siliconed one.

    Other than that, I'd go for the cheaper one....
     
  14. french fries

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    Why not something like this?

    Matfer - 017360 Exoglass Bouillon Strainer

    It's French, I've seen it used in professional kitchens, and it doesn't break the bank. Never used it myself, but I'm thinking of buying one.
     
  15. mike8913

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    it's simple, get a china cap and a fine mesh chinois.....not extra or super fine or anythign else

    supplement with coffee filters when needed.......and never strain a consomme with cheese cloth or you will have wasted all your time clarifying it. I work in a professional kitchen and we have a box of cheese cloth that very rarely gets touched.


    those two piece of equipment and filters will make you extremely flexible in your straining needs

    also, rereading some posts, go for one-piece construction, crimped designs alwasy fail.....try and get galvanized models that have a handle with a brace that follows under the mesh
     
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    For straining my stocks, I first use a pan shaped wire basket that's actually meant for deep frying. The mesh measures approximately 1/4 inch and is sufficient for preliminary straining of the bones and giant pieces of vegetables. And it costed me less than $10. For the secondary straining, a fine mesh strainer is used.
     
  17. duckfat

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    :lol: I just spit coffee all over my desk laughin......:lol: