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Old 04-22-2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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Can I use ordinary cotton twine to truss a chicken? Or does it have to be a food specific twine?

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Old 04-22-2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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I would use it as long as it is cotton. I save the bakery strings for things like that.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:42 PM   #3
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100% uncoated cotton.
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Never use any synthetic twine as it will melt. It is much the same as patching for a muzzle loading weapon. It has to be 100% cotton or the results will be quite ugly.
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Come to think of it, I have used sisal twine, in a pinch.
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:48 PM   #6
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Where can you buy inexpensive butchers twine?
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:49 PM   #7
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Can I use ordinary cotton twine to truss a chicken? Or does it have to be a food specific twine?
I did a lot of Googling on this a couple years ago and from what I can tell, all butcher's twine is is cotton string. And even though I had some cotton string, I went out and bought some thinner cotton string... and it sits in my cupboard, not my collect-all drawer
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:50 PM   #8
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You can usually find cotton twine near the yarn section of Walmart.
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Never use any synthetic twine as it will melt. It is much the same as patching for a muzzle loading weapon. It has to be 100% cotton or the results will be quite ugly.


Does it just make a mess that needs to be cleaned up or does it damage the muzzle loader?

Or worse?
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:54 PM   #10
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One of the cheapest places to find it is a hardware store.
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It can be bad enough the you will have to replace the barrel. Although, I have only seen that once when a green horn at Rendezvous took a number of shots using some kinda patch and wondered why it was so hard to load.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:31 PM   #12
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Thanks for the replies. I'll pick some up at Home Depot tonight.
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:09 PM   #13
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Where can you buy inexpensive butchers twine?
Butchers twine is not expensive anywhere. The last I bought was at a pricey cookware store. I bought it because it came in a nifty plastic container with a cutter. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Less than bucks. I quickly reverted back to my old ways of cutting the string with a knife.
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:24 PM   #14
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If you just need it once in a greeat while, just ask your butcher for a couple of wraps around his hand. S/he sould give it to you free fer nuthin.
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I got 400 feet of 100% cotton twine for 2 bucks.....enough to last me a lifetime....LOL...

The two whole chickens I did on the rotisserie came out excellent, btw. I dry rubbed them the night before.
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I got 400 feet of 100% cotton twine for 2 bucks.....enough to last me a lifetime....LOL...

The two whole chickens I did on the rotisserie came out excellent, btw. I dry rubbed them the night before.
You not only got 400' of cotton twine for 2 bucks... you got 400' of butcher's twine for 2 bucks
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You not only got 400' of cotton twine for 2 bucks... you got 400' of butcher's twine for 2 bucks
Yeah, no kidding, considering Amazon sells pretty much the same thing but labeled butcher's twine for much more than that.
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