A tammy cloth is a fabric kitchen tool that is used to strain sauces and stocks. In most cases, the cloth is made out of a woolen material that has a rough texture. In addition to being used to strain sauces, it is also sometimes used to strain soups. Many cooks and chefs prefer to use strainers that are made of metal or even durable plastic because they are easier to clean. These kinds of strainers, however, usually cannot do the same sort of job that a tammy cloth can. This is because a tammy cloth has a knit that is much tighter than the mesh of most metal and plastic strainers.
In most cases, a tammy cloth will strain sauces, stocks, and soups more slowly than strainers made of metal or plastic. This is because the cloth has a naturally absorbent property that is not found in these harder materials. This creates a different kind of straining effect that is sometimes desired by chefs.
In addition to being made from a woolen material, the cloth might also be made from cotton or linen. It is also sometimes made of a blend of a few kinds of fibers. It can also be substituted with a muslin cloth or a cloth made of gauze. Tammy cloth is similar to cheesecloth in its uses and appearance. Cheesecloth, however, might be a bit thinner than tammy cloth and is likely to have a slightly looser weave. In a pinch, a tammy cloth might be used in place of a cheese cloth to do things like strain yogurt or creamy cheeses.
Tammy cloths are not very common, even in kitchen stores. For this reason, people who are dedicated to using this kind of cooking tool in their kitchens may have to special order the cloth, search for a specialty cooking store that carries the cloths, or even make their own. Making a tammy cloth is quite easy as long as a piece of fabric with the right weight and the right tightness of weave can be found. It is important, before using a tammy cloth in cooking, to make sure that the cloth is laundered, just as a new pot or pan would be washed before being used to cook a meal. It is also best to use a cloth or piece of fabric that has not been dyed so that there is not a risk of the dyes and related chemicals leeching into the food.