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4 Clever Uses for Cheesecloth This Holiday Season

Basting turkey with it is just one of Martha's signature moves. Here's how to turn cheesecloth into a kitchen workhorse at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and beyond.

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.

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1. Baste Turkey

Keep the breast moist by roasting it wrapped with wine-and-butter-drenched cheesecloth.


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2. Strain Stocks

Line a colander with cheesecloth, place over a bowl, and pour liquid through.


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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.


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