What Can I Use Instead of Kitchen Twine?

Kitchen twine can be an incredibly useful thing to have in your home. From tying bouquet garni to holding the lid on a roasting tin, kitchen twine comes in extremely useful. The only problem with kitchen twine, though, is that you can often run out. Since it has so many uses, you may find yourself at the end of a ball far too often!

If this is the case, don’t panic – we’ve got a few options here for some great alternatives that you can use if you run out of kitchen twine. Your meal will go ahead, even if you’ve got no twine at all!

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Substitute for Kitchen Twine

Foil

Essexx Collection Aluminum Foil Sheets - 600 Pop Up Interfolded Foil Sheets 12 X 10.75 Inches- Tinfoil Wraps for Restaurants, Delis, Catering, Food Trucks, Carts, Take Out Or at-Home
  • 📍Tinfoil Can be Used To Cover Containers With no Lid.
  • 📍Ideal For Wrapping Potatoes, Bakery Items and Sandwiches. Tinfoil Wrap
  • 📍Can Be Used as a Counter Protector When Preparing Food.
  • 📍Perfect For Lining a Toaster Oven Tray. Ideal For Wrapping Food For The Freezer.
  • 📍Keeps Food Fresh for Longer in The Refrigerator.

Foil is the first idea that came to mind for us since it’s an item that you can feel completely free to put in the oven with virtually no downsides at all. The only disadvantage of foil is that it’s easy to rip, which could mean that it doesn’t make great binding material.

To use foil in the place of kitchen twine, we’d recommend tearing strips from your roll of foil, and then twisting them lengthways. This will, essentially, wrap them around themselves, leading to a length of foil that’s perfect for wrapping around something.

Bear in mind, though, that this foil still won’t have a perfect strength that twine has – it will work to prevent something from unraveling, but it won’t work to truss something up.

Cheesecloth

Cotton Farm Hemmed Cheese Cloths, Grade 100, 20x20 inch, Precut, Ready to Use, Muslin Cheesecloth for Straining and Cooking, 100% Unbleached Cotton, Ultra Fine and Dense, Reusable, Washable
  • Premium Culinary Cheesecloth (pano de queso) by Cotton Farm; Crafted from the finest unbleached Mediterranean cotton yarns. With dye-free, odorless properties, it will not impart any color or odor to your food.
  • Food Grade Butter Muslin type fabric (Not Bag) comes in a convenient kitchen usage 20x20 inch (pre-cut) dimension in a Sealed Pack. With its Hemmed Edges, it is much more durable and reusable than free cut products.
  • Grade 100: Cotton Farm is the pioneering brand for Grade 100 (46×54 threads per inch) Cheesecloth, designed exclusively for pro Chefs and Cooks. With its fine mesh texture, Grade 100 guarantees no unwanted particles can escape.
  • Pure/Precision Strainer; Your essential companion for straining a diverse array of liquids and foods. From yogurt to melted butter, sauces, broths, rice, jelly, vegetables, soup, herbs, fruit juices, kefir, wine, honey, cold-brew coffee concentrate, kombucha, tea, homemade nut milk (almond or cashew) and more.
  • Kitchen Essential; In addition to cheese making, the ultimate companion for cooking, roasting, basting and seasoning. Whether it's turkey, chicken, meat, or steaming vegetables, our high-quality muslin cloth elevates flavors and guarantees delicious results in all your culinary endeavors.

Cheesecloth is ideal for just one application that you might use kitchen twine for – a small, teabag-style system by which you allow herbs to soak into the broth of a meal. A bouquet garni is typically secured by having a leek leaf or a similar type of veggie wrapped around some herbs and spices. This is then tied shut with kitchen twine.

Instead of doing that, you could use a piece of cheesecloth, tied in a knot at the top as you might with a picnic blanket and the food you’re carrying in it. This will work just as well as kitchen twine and some type of bag, though you may have to throw out the cheesecloth afterward – the knots can be tricky to unpick.

Skewers

Good Cook 11.75-inch Bamboo Skewers, brown, 100 Count (Pack of 1)
  • Skewers, 11.75" 100 count single point bamboo skewers for many kitchen uses.

Skewers can be a great way to bind things together when they’re in your oven. Poking skewers or toothpicks into rolled meat, for example, will prevent the rolled sheet from unfolding, which would ruin your presentation.

Something to bear in mind with wooden skewers, though, is that they must not be put in the oven directly. Instead, soak them in water, as this will prevent them from catching fire as they sit in the hot oven.

To be as safe as possible with the food that you’re making, be sure to count how many toothpicks or skewers you insert into the food when you’re cooking. Therefore, if you know that you’ve got six skewers in a cut of meat, you can remove six and know that you’ve removed them all. This will prevent anyone from getting splinters in their meal or, in a nightmare scenario, accidentally putting a whole toothpick in their mouth.

Finally – make sure not to buy minty toothpicks! They’ll absorb the flavor into the meat, which will ruin your meal in no time at all.

Forget it

By far the easiest solution to this problem is, quite simply, to forget it. When cooking with large pieces of meat, for example, the weight of the bird or cut can often be used to manipulate gravity to your advantage – trapping the wings of the bird underneath itself will prevent charring, for example.

If you’re making a stew and are aiming to create a bouquet garni, you could simply mince, dice, and crush the herbs and spices until they’re in powder form. From that point, they’ll be absorbed unnoticeably into the meal, and you’re unlikely to crunch into a clove.

If the specific location of the twine doesn’t matter that much, then you could consider wrapping the whole item in foil. A tube of foil around the meal will allow for good ventilation and, also, prevent charring or burning from pieces of food that are close to the heating element.

We hope that this article has given you a couple of great ideas of options that you can use in your home instead of kitchen twine – it can be a tricky thing to keep hold of, so having some extra options in your back pocket can be ideal.

Kunal Sharma
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