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I like to think of myself as a pretty scrappy home cook. I’ve practically memorized every baking substitution there is, I successfully once opened a can of tomatoes with a metal spoon (although I wouldn’t recommend it), and I’ve never even used real pie weights before.

But there are certain kitchen items where only the real deal will do, no matter how inventive you are. Cheesecloth tops that list. It’s not ideal to start a project, only to realize you’re out of cheesecloth and have to stop midway through. Much better to just always have some around.

Now, if you’re wondering if I spend all day separating curds and whey, the answer is … of course not! There are so many other uses for cheesecloth beyond cheese. Here are a few of my favorites.

The 5 Major Ways I Use Cheesecloth in My Kitchen

Now it’s your turn: How do you use cheesecloth in your kitchen?