Homemage jellybag - muslin, a stool and a bowl - simple!

My recent foray into preserve making has necessitated having a jelly bag. It turns out they’re really easy to make from muslin so I’m very glad I resisted the temptation to buy a pre-made one. It’s cheaper, and I think my cobbled together jelly making set-up looks shabbily gorgeous dripping away on the table.

Here’s what I did:

  1. Bought plain muslin by the metre.
  2. Folded it in two and cut to size (approx 40cm x 40cm)
  3. Scalded the muslin. I read somewhere that you should do this – I misread it this first time before I realised it meant soaking it in boiling water rather than telling it off – scalding not scolding (naughty, naughty muslin!) , so that’s what I did with  boiled water from the kettle.
  4. Found old stool and upended it.
  5. Placed bowl  inside the stool to catch the juices that would seep through.
  6. Attached cooled muslin to stool securely (ensuring the fabric was still double thickness). I managed to tie it to 3 legs of the stool, then used a rubber band for the 4th leg.
  7. Voila! Total expenditure less than $2!

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