Cheesecloth is only good for one use and it doesn’t hold up for all that squeezing. The nylon nut milk bags or paint strainer bags are the ones to get. They’re sturdy, washable, do the job right and will last for a long time.
Cheesecloth is good for make seed/nut cheese, letting it hang and drain. It leaves a lovely imprint/texture on the outside of the cheese and makes it look authentic.
I’d say to cut the hose about 11-15” above the tip toe of the hose. I don’t know why you should boil them, wouldn’t washing them well in hot water work just as well? I’ve heard that they work well as nut milk bags, but haven’t tried it myself…BUT my nutmilk bag is as fine of a mesh as a pantyhose and is as soft as pantyhose (not course).
Smoothielove, I use a paint strainer bag. It works quite well, but I have to tell you that the most succulent, silky smooth milk I have ever made was with a cotton teatowel. It’s a little more wasteful, because the fresh milk soaked up the cloth, but OH, it was such smooth and divine!! Try it and tell us what you think of it.
I like my paint strainer bags. Cheap and work just fine. Of course I don’t see some of the issues people bring up about some things being toxic. Sure synthetic things like plastic arent natural but doesnt mean that our bodies wouldnt try and remove them because they don’t belong. I can understand trying to use them less, but sometimes we just have to use what we have available. Remember with a better way of eating our bodies will flush out the evil things much more effeciently.
I use flour bags for my straining they are large 100% cotton with no dye. Afterwards you just soak them in food grade hydrogen peroxide. After work I left them hang dry. I have five of them for each day and then on Friday I just wash them all for the next week. Panty hose don’t work if you want to squeeze hard, paint strainer bags sound harsh, and nut mylk bag’s cost to much and they seem to bust holes in them often. Last resort you could use a clean white cotton T-shirt.
I have used cotton dishtowels, & now I have some sprout bags – just cotton bags with drawstrings – they are not as tight as the cotton fabric I bought to try it with. They work great!
Edit: I have also used cheesecloth just fine; I just put about 4 layers together so it would strain the pulp out, and I had a big enough square that I could put it over the opening of my jar/pitcher. I hand washed them in the sink & reused them.
I use panty hose or the tea towels that my grandma cross stitches. All i do is wash the pantyhose in hot water, and don’t squeeze to hard. The thing with panty hose is that you can never get all the residue off of it, so you have to get new ones often. But yes just cut a leg off. The tea towels work great because you can squeeze as hard as you want and than i just throw them in the washing machine with no detergent.