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« on: March 27, 2007 06:47:31 PM »

errr... I wasn't sure where to put this so here goes nothing.

I was wondering if anyone had reccomendations for a fabric that is good for making something that has direct contact with food. (room temp or refridgerated)
Maybe it is something so simple I am not thinking of it but I just want to be double sure about food safety before I create this item and give it to someone.

Thanks for looking and any help would be much appreciated.


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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2007 07:45:16 PM »

I cant tell you any definite answers, but I used to work in a chain fabric store and most if not all of the fabrics we sold had been made with lots of chemicals. They smelled awful when we unpacked shipments. Depending on what you're making, you might want to try looking for organic fabrics. There's a craftster thread here with some links: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=157892.0

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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2007 06:13:46 AM »

Many bakers use a well washed cotton cloth to cover their bread dough
  A more organic choice would be hemp cloth.  The bakers cloth is usually dedicated only to food use and washed in baby safe soap if it is washed at all, I have heard that some bakers impregnate the cloth with flour so it doesn't stick to the dough but then it can't be washed easily so they don't.  Clean cloth is also usually how one starts a jelly roll.
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2007 06:17:10 AM »

organice undyed or naturally dyed cotton.  You could even dye it yourself with food based dye recipes...using beets, onion skins etc.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2007 06:24:59 AM »

all of the  above.....  a  natural / organic  would  be  best.  BUT  I  have  used  flannels   that   were  well washed and  rinsed  extra!

recently I madea  bread warmer set for a  swap adn  used  regular  material  but  it was  washed a few  times  in hot then in cold  then  rinsed  alot......  and  used  mild  soaps...

I  personally  have  never  had a  problem  with  any  of the  fabrics I have  used that  touch foods....  but  some  are  far  more  cautious  than I am...

looking for instant coffee from australia or russia made with mustard and champagne.  VIOLET CRUMBLES and VEGEMITE would be welcome swap items!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2007 11:55:07 AM »

Thanks for the info everyone... I feel like I was able to make a safe choice with your help. Wink


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