Frequently Asked . . .
I can’t decide between the nylon and cotton version. Which should I choose?
I did numerous yogurt-straining experiments in my kitchen to come up with the overall design for the Kleynhuis Straining Pouch. So, while you can’t go wrong with choosing either the organic cotton or the nylon one, here are the advantages I see of one version versus the other:
–Nylon Version: This is the version I personally use when I am making Greek yogurt. Why I love it is that the 100-micron weave is very fine. Most other nylon straining bags I’ve seen on the market are a 200-micron weave. (A micron is one millionth of a meter, which means the smaller the number, the finer the weave.) Because of the tight weave, I know that all the yogurt solids are staying in the pouch. Also, because of the shape and quality of the nylon, it is extremely easy to clean and dry.
Summary: Super easy to clean and dry. Very fine weave.
–Organic Cotton Version: Initially when going into production, I was only planning to produce the 100-micron nylon version of the pouch. But after doing some research, I realized that for food straining, many kitchen DIY-ers prefer only natural materials touching their food. Cotton is an organic product, so there are natural variations in the thread, and the tightness of the weave cannot be measured in microns since there will be expected variations. But, I experimented with this particular organic cotton with yogurt straining and found that it produces results very similar to the 100-micron nylon fabric. Another added benefit of the organic cotton version is that it is safe to strain hot food and water (even above the boiling point), compared to the nylon version which is a synthetic material and should only be used to strain food that is cool to warm to the touch. So, for instance, the cotton version could be used to strain hot jelly from the stove, or used to make a large quantity of hot coffee.
Summary: Organic material that can be used to strain both hot and cold food.
So, my bottom-line recommendation is that if straining yogurt is your main or only reason for purchasing the pouch, I’d go with the nylon version. If having only organic materials touch your food is important to you or if you may also want to use the pouch to strain hot food/liquid, I’d go with the organic cotton version.