Made for straining cheese, this material is the kitchen tool you didn't know you needed. But once you discover it, you can't believe how many uses it has. Here, four inspired ways to put cheesecloth to work.
1. Baste Turkey
Keep the breast moist by roasting it wrapped with wine-and-butter-drenched cheesecloth.
2. Strain Stocks
Line a colander with cheesecloth, place over a bowl, and pour liquid through.
3. Add Texture to Goat Cheese
Roll balls of soft chevre (1 1/2 teaspoons each). Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Wrap in 3-by-4-inch pieces of cheesecloth; twist ends. Unwrap, and serve on toasts, garnished with chives.
4. Dust Sugar
Fit a square over a canning jar filled with confectioners' sugar, pull taut, and screw on ring (no cap); dust cookies.