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Draining/Straining Bags

$16.97
$15.97
Our custom made reusable draining, straining bags can be used as a replacement for cheese cloth when making homemade cheese or yogurt. They work great for cold brewed coffee, herba and CBD infusions:medical and food grade.

About This Product

If you're tired of using cheese cloth to drain or strain your curds, yogurt, Ricotta or other, you'll find our custom made Draining & Straining Bags easy to use and clean. A must for every cheesemaker. Strong and durable. These reusable bags are perfect for making cheese at home. Use these Draining/Straining Bags to replace traditional cheese cloth in the cheesemaking process. These reusable cheesecloth bags are easy to use as well as easy to clean. Whether you are straining your curds for Chevre, straining whey for ricotta, draining Greek yogurt or filtering out coffee grounds for cold brew coffee, these bags are essential for the domestic cheesemaker. 

Includes drawstring to cinch bag and hang for draining. In conjunction with a cheese making kit, these custom made bags made of food grade nylon are multi-use: straining whey for Ricotta, straining Chèvre curd, straining mascarpone, sour cream, Fromage Blanc and cream cheese. A sturdy drawstring allows you to easily hang and allow the cheese curds or whey to drain. Easily cleaned by rinsing with warm/hot water, then sanitize with dairy sanitizer.  and can be used over and over again. If you find regular cheese cloth a challenge, these bags are a great alternative. For easier use keep the seam on the outside when draining. Try one of each and decide which is best for your cheese making application.

Cleaning the cheese and yogurt strainer bag is simple, too. After each use, remove residue by soaking the bag in warm or hot water. Then sanitize the bag by rinsing in cold water with a food-grade dairy sanitizer to kill lingering bacteria or microbes that may still be present. 

The bags come in four sizes. See the sizing information below. Before committing to purchasing bags in bulk, try out each of the three sizes to get a sense of which bag works best for your particular operation and production needs. 

  • Available in 4 sizes
  • Available for individual sale or in 10-bag bulk
  • Constructed of food grade polypropylene
  • 155 mesh size
  • Fabric approved by FDA for food
  • Shipping included in price in USA; international shipping available 

Besides draining curds, whey or yogurt these bags are excellent for using with producing cold brewed coffee. They will stand up well staining cold brewed coffee for commercial or domestic production. They're a very economical way for cold brewed coffee producers to produce excellent product. If you're doing herbal infusions and CBD infusions our bags are medical and food grade. 

Small size/$16.97:  Fits over a 6 3/8 in.(16cm) wide(diameter) container. Food grade nylon with drawstring. 
Approximate straining capacity: up to 1 gal.(3.78l) milk batch. Note: you may be able to strain/drain more or less based on the water content of your curds or yogurt or Kefir.
Unopened width:   8.5 in. (21.5cm)
Unopened height: 12.0 in. (30.4cm)
Want 10 of these bags: Click here to purchase 10 at only $93.00(includes shipping within the USA)

Medium size/$22.97:  Fits over a 11 in.(16cm) wide(diameter) container. Food grade nylon with drawstring. This bag fits over our Yogotherm Yogurt Maker Pail, very convenient for straining to make Greek style yogurt.  
Approximate straining capacity: up to 4 gal.(19-26l) milk batch. Note: you may be able to strain/drain more or less based on the water content of your curds or yogurt or Kefir.
Unopened width:  15.5 in. (39.3cm)
Unopened height: 19 in. (48.2cm)
Want 10 of these bags: Click here to purchase 10 at only $154.00(includes shipping within the USA)

Large size lighter duty: $28.97: Fits over a 5 gallon(18.9 liters) bucket, 15 in.(36.8cm) wide(diameter) container. Food grade nylon with drawstring/boxed bottom. Made for lighter duty draining/straining applications.  
Approximate straining capacity: up to 8 gal.(19-30l) milk batch. Note: you may be able to strain/drain more or less based on the water content of your curds or yogurt or Kefir.
Unopened width:  21.5 in. (54.6cm)
Unopened height:   15 in. (38.1cm)
Want 10 of these bags: Click here to purchase 10 at only $184.00(includes shipping within the USA)

Large size heavy duty: $36.97. Fits over a 5 gallon(18.9 liters) bucket, 13.25 in.(36.8cm) wide(diameter) container. This bag is constructed of a heavy-duty high grade/strength food grade nylon. Made for heavy duty draining/straining applications.
Approximate straining capacity: up to 5 gal.(37.8l) milk batch. Note: you may be able to strain/drain more or less based on the water content of your curds or yogurt or Kefir.
Unopened width:  20 in. (50.8cm)
Unopened height: 15 in. (38.1cm)
Want 10 of these bags: Click here to purchase 10 at only $240.00(includes shipping within the USA)

Click here to see the FDA food grade fabric approval doc from the mfg for our Large Size Heavy Duty Bag. DO NOT WASH IN WASHING MACHINE.  HAND SOAK IN WARM/HOT WATER THEN RINSE IN COLD WATER USING OUR FOOD GRADE NON RINSE SANITIZER.

Shipping included within the Continental USA.  Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, International shipping available.

What Our Customers Say

  • 5
    Excellent for 7 gallons batches

    Posted by Hernan on 25th Mar 2018

    I produce large volume of Greek yogurt. I use the heavy duty straining bags. Easy to clean and sanitize. Perfect size to hang.

  • 4
    I haven't used yet

    Posted by Becky on 6th Mar 2018

    The Cheesemaker has great customer service! Mine arrived a few days late but it got here. I can't wait to use it. Though the mesh seems to tightly woven to let any moisture out but I'm sure it will. Note from thecheesemaker: this FDA approved draining bag is great to drain yogurt for Greek yogurt or drain Ricotta to thicken.

  • 5
    cheese bags

    Posted by Phil on 9th Feb 2018

    I have been using the bags for making Lebanese style yogurt and the results have been perfect. They are easy to clean and store, Excellent quality.

  • 5
    Wonderful!!

    Posted by Mujtaba Safdar on 4th Feb 2018

    I have been using these bags for making greek style yogurt and they have proven to be very sturdy. The best part is they are very easy to clean after the work is done. Excellent quality and durability.

  • 5
    Perfect bags!

    Posted by Dawn on 26th Nov 2017

    The reason for my purchase .... (I wish I could be making cheese where I live) .... I collected many acorns in deep woods near my home, and leached out the ground nuts. Lots of leaching involved. I used the bags to press the water out. Perfect! Thank you.

  • 5
    Great Trub Strainer

    Posted by Peter on 9th Oct 2017

    The. large heavy duty bag fits a 5 gallon bucket perfectly and makes a great trub/hop strainer when transferring from boil kettle to fermenter

  • 5
    Work great

    Posted by Dan on 4th Sep 2017

    These are easy to use and easy to clean for reuse. Much better than using cheese cloth.

  • 5
    Exactly what I had been looking for

    Posted by John on 30th May 2017

    I needed a better way to strain our natural yoghurt and had been searching for a solution. These bags fit the bill perfectly and the product was dispatched to me in the UK very promptly. Excellent product and service. Thank you.

  • 5
    Less Mess

    Posted by Russ on 5th Oct 2016

    Love these bags! I always had trouble lining the hoop w cheese cloth for the first pressing. Often got folds of cloth into the body of the cheese. Now I load curds for draining, dump in bowl and salt, then back in the bag, and do the first pressing or two in the bag in the hoop. I have some funky creases in the cheese, but these go away. When the cheese is relatively firm, its no problem to wrap in cheese cloth for the finishing pressing. Durable, easy to wash. I'm re-ordering because the bags are so handy for a fine strain of my soup stocks, I've ruined them for cheese making! Great product!

  • 4
    Quality, but too big for me

    Posted by BHealthy on 10th Jul 2016

    This is a well-made bag. If the size works for you, you will be happy with it. I am a home cheese-maker and use standard kitchenware – 1 to 2 gallon stainless bowls and colanders. I was looking for a bag big enough to drain 1 gallon of cheese. The nut milk bags I use for smaller quantities have such a tiny opening they are useless with anything except a tall narrow container like a blender jar. Even the smaller size of this bag is too narrow for a normal size bowl. So, I have been using a large square of organic cotton to drain my cheese; but, because I don’t wash it in the machine – I wash everything by hand – it took forever to get it clean. Fabric is harder to wash than nylon. Also, because it is hard to clean, I have separate squares for each product – one for cheese, one for stock, one for juicing, etc… When I found this bag I was ecstatic – it was wide enough to fit around my 2-gallon bowl! However, it’s so deep, it's way too long to then hang it from the cabinet handles, or even over my 12-gallon stock pot (stock pots must be wider and shallower than cheese buckets). Yes, I knew the dimensions before I ordered it, and it IS better than anything else currently available because of its width, but it’s not perfect for my needs, and I can’t believe I’m the only person making cheese in one gallon batches. Once I get our sewing machine set up, I will cut it in half and make two bags out of it. In the meantime, I wish someone would make a set of bags sized to fit over a standard kitchen bowl set and about 12” deep. I’d buy them by the dozen! This is a 5-star quality bag. I removed one star because I wish it were shorter. Note from Steve/thecheesemaker.com: Good point about the length. To keep down cost, the bags were made to utilize the size of the material roll. Maybe we can offer another size in between the two sizes we now offer. -Steve Shapson

  • 5
    love this

    Posted by melissa on 23rd May 2016

    so much easier to use and clean than cheesecloth!

  • 5
    Good size

    Posted by Unknown on 16th Sep 2015

    This straining bag fits over and into a 6 gallon bucket, I can pour the whey in and then pick up the bag to straight whey. Sturdy enough to take the weight it is invaluable when making ricotta.