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Jelly bag support
Mon 5-Oct-09
12:36 pm
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Ruthdigs
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Hi all

What do you use to support your jelly bag with?  I know places like Lakeland do supports but I don't really want to shell out nearly £20 at this point as this is my first attempt.  Any good improvised methods out there?  Smile

Mon 5-Oct-09
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Do you have a tall stool?

I'll try that again!

Mon 5-Oct-09
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Yes - a bar stool type.  Hmm - I wonder if the bowl would fit between the legs.  How do you attach the bag to the bottom of the legs?  (I'm assuming you're suggesting using it upside down?) 

Mon 5-Oct-09
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A chair or stool turned upside down, suspend the bag from the stretchers- the bits that go crosswise between the legs.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Mon 5-Oct-09
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Hi Ruth

I use a sieve lined with muslin over a bucket and covered with a clean tea towel - works a treat. If you haven't got muslin an old pillowcase or ancient tea towel would do instead.

Mon 5-Oct-09
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Aha!  Actually - would a paper filter (a coffee one) work as well in a sieve / colander do you think?

Mon 5-Oct-09
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Probably but be carefull to treat it gently.

Wed 7-Oct-09
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I've found muslin better- paper  coffee filtre doesn't hold much and it takes ages to drain through! But you can use it to strain the juice for a second time afetr the muslin to get a really clear jelly. If you can be arsed, that is. I know I can't...but I might try it next year for the Village Show....

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Thu 8-Oct-09
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I thought it may take a while through a paper filter.

Managed to get to the new local home goods and home brew shop and get a 90cm square muslin so for now I reckon I can either tie it round the stretchers on the stool or round a wooden spoon handle over a bucket and in future I can look at knocking up a frame to my specs.  Having found a crab apple tree at the weekend I'm ready to venture into the world of preserves - wish me luck!! Laugh

Sun 11-Oct-09
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I have a gap between the breakfast bar (never eaten breakfast there 🙂 ) and the next unit.  I lay the muslin square (old muslin nappy) in a colander over the bucket/bowl and pour in the fruit.  I then gather up the corners, tie it up with string and tie it to a length of wood/broom handle/ big wooden spoon which I then put across the gap so the juice drips in the container.

Mon 12-Oct-09
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My family always used to use tights for draining fruit.

I got my support and muslin bag for the equivalent of about £4 I think while I was in Denmark but I think it came from Netto.

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