Thursday, 29 September 2011

Jelly Bag

To my great relief, it is Quince Jelly making time again (although much earlier this year). Relief because we are on the very last jar from 2010...

Having sourced a new supply of quinces (Japanese), I was ready to start making. (BIG thank you to the lovely man round the corner at Number 3 for letting me raid his garden in return for a few jars of the jelly).

One quarter of my haul which I'll leave on the table as long as possible because we love the smell of them...

Unfortunately my jelly bag had seen better days, I looked in some shops & baulked at the price. I'd made the previous bag from an old pillowcase, so I looked around for some suitable fabric.

Whilst looking for books in a local charity shop I spotted these, erm, not so attractive items...

...but at 25p each, there was a bargain to be had.

At home, radio on, tea poured, I snipped & sewed & created a new & rather lacy jelly bag. Mr TH pointed out that it looked a bit like some strange, new-fangled form of ladies underwear... I could see what he meant... I washed it & gingerly hung it on the line to dry- what would the neighbours think?!


But I can fit lots of quinces in it & at 50p it's a bargain! When it's full of cooked quinces, I'll hang it on a piece of wood (bit of old shelf) between 2 chairs. I've used this piece of wood as a jelly bag hanger for over 10 years now, it has strict instructions scrawled on it.


Let the jelly making begin!

13 comments:

Pomona said...

I shall have to go and have a look at our quinces - they seem to crop biennially so we have alternate lean years. We also make quince cheese - which takes ages but is absolutely delicious.

Pomona x

Sue said...

How resourceful you are! I just go out and buy stuff.

Japonicas are quite unrelated to real quinces. It's years since I tasted japonica jelly and I can't remember the taste. But I bet it's lovely!

Su said...

I have some quinces in my garden this year, but I'm not sure if they are of the cookable kind or are just ornamental. Your jelly sounds lovely.

Thrifty Household said...

We should do a 'jar of jelly' swap Sue!

noknittedknickers said...

Love the lacey jelly bag. Will this mean that the jelly is somehow more refined and delicate? C.x

Karen S Booth said...

I cannot wait to see your Jelly! MY last jellies have been made, quince and apple with mint! I ADORE the lacy jelly bag ~ very clever idea indeed! Fancy swapping jellies?
Karen

Thrifty Household said...

Yes please Karen, I'm always up for a swap & the quince, apple & mint sounds wonderful!

Annie said...

That is one fancy jelly bag! Just wishing I had jelly to swop.

Toffeeapple said...

Very pretty. It does look rather like underwear.

It's turning into a swap shop!

silverpebble said...

Your jelly bag looks like granny knickers. There, I said it.

Thrifty Household said...

Um, yes, but that would be one rather lacy racy granny!

Calico Kate said...

What a most elegant jelly bag bag! Mine is simply a pillow case (that was once hand screen printed by me) and I just direct things in to the corner then tie it with a bungy cord to a kitchen cupboard door! I used to hang it in the shower but that doesn't work in this house. Wonder what I'll do when we've moved. I daren't hang between two chairs at floor level the dogs are likely to come along and drink the juice! We have fruity loving dogs.
Don't quinces make the most beautifully coloured jelly. B came home with a hat full from a car park the other day and they are sitting on a window sill in the hope that he will return to said carpark and come back with some more!
CKx

Scented Sweetpeas said...

how very strange, I am just about to make quince jelly and need to buy a bag but may now make my own :-) Ooh they do smell nice don't like, like a flowery perfume.

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