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Without the actual recipe to work with it's hard to suggest precise modifications (I don't have the cookbook you mention), but it's quite possible that store-bought puddings have more gelatin and/or gum-like ingredients. Gelatin can be added to a ganache (normally some combination of chocolate and cream, with a low-gloss finish) to achieve a "mirror glaze", ...


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Bedsheets are a good choice for jam filtering and pudding making. When you buy new sheets there may be some residual chemicals from the production process (formaldahide, dyes, etc), which is why it's recommended to wash them first before using them in most cases. However, by the time you would use them for that purpose (presuming well used sheets) the only ...


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Another option is baby muslins (unless you need enormous pudding cloths). They're often undyed, and you can find unbleached. To be honest though, cheesecloth is easy to get hold of online anyway, or a decent kitchen supply shop should have it (certainly Lakeland and John Lewis stock it). One of my cheesecloths is perhaps a little thin for some culinary ...


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If you wash them first, there's no reason you can't. Muslin is just fabric. It doesn't even necessarily need to be undyed (although it can matter what color the dye is), and doesn't necessarily have to be cotton (although some synthetics won't pass enough moisture). It's fairly traditional for cooks to use an old pillowcase for boiled puddings. According ...


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Try using a heat diffuser for your hot plate/burner. You can get them quite inexpensively on Amazon and other places.


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I personally would not use them. Yvonne Chouinard claims in "Let my people go surfing" that a brand new 100% cotton T-shirt actually consists of only 73$ cotton and the rest are chemicals. I find such a high number hard to believe, but the cotton industry is well known for being very pesticide- and herbicide-intensive, and there are lots of treatments ...


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I just did this exact same thing with Jello brand pudding and I just heated it in the microwave for 8 mins stirring every 2 mins ( as per cook and serve microwave directions) and it worked.


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