How to Use Jelly Moulds

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How to Use Jelly Moulds

Used as far back as Ancient Egypt, jellies and puddings are a favourite dessert with a distinct artistic appeal. Indeed, in Victorian England elegance, elaborate jelly dishes in shapes such as the British lion sitting on a plinth adorned the tables of the wealthy upper class.

Perhaps because of their aesthetic quality, perhaps because of their fruity, somewhat exotic taste, or perhaps because of the 'fun' factor of a wiggly dessert, the appeal of jelly moulds continues to be popular in Australia today. However, using a jelly mould is not as simple as seems. There is a specific technique which a cook needs to employ in order to preserve the integrity of the shape as well as taste of their jellies.

Understanding How Jelly Moulds Work

Knowing how a jelly mould works unlocks how to properly use it as the cook understands not only what to do, but why. The idea behind a jelly mould is to cool the warm gelatin mixture inside the mould, thus forming a vacuum seal. Preparing both the mould and the gelatin properly and then learning to break the seal in the right way is the key to forming a beautiful mould as well as a good-tasting dessert.

Setting the Jelly

It is important to start with a clean jelly mould since the presence of dust or food particles in it impacts the final look of the dessert. Therefore, a thorough cleaning with warm water and mild dish detergent is the first step in preparing the mould. Once this is complete, place the mould in the refrigerator and leave it there until it is cold to the touch; this helps ensure that the hot jelly liquid cools quickly and forms that vacuum seal. When the mould is cool, follow the individual recipe for the jelly including the proper set time in the refrigerator.

Unmoulding the Jelly

Once the proper amount of time for chilling the jelly passes, the final step before service is unmoulding the jelly. Like the mould, it is important to chill the serving platter. The constant cool temperature prevents the jelly from melting. The actual unmoulding process begins when the cook runs a knife along the outside edge of the mould to loosen the top portion. Then invert the mould onto the chilled serving platter and gently shake it in an attempt to release the vacuum. If this is not sufficient, dip the mould into a bowl of warm water for a moment before attempting the inversion a second time.

Knowing the Types of Jelly Moulds

It is important to note that the general method employed to form and release a jelly mould remains the same despite the type of jelly mould used. However, when considering the benefits of adding jelly moulds to the kitchen, understanding the options is always helpful. The table below outlines the most popular types of jelly moulds.

Type of Jelly Mould

Description

Traditional jelly mould

A large, plastic dome-shaped mould which resembles a Bundt cake

Perfect for feeding a group

Generally holds between 500 to 1500 mL of jelly

Silicone jelly mould

Made of food-grade silicone and notable for the various shapes and designs possible with this modern material

Favourites include flowers, butterflies, Christmas trees, and letters

Antique jelly mould

Usually made of ceramic or metal such as copper

Generally in more traditional shapes such as domes and castles

Individual jelly mould

Rather than one large mould for a crowd, individual jelly moulds offer small, personalised desserts

Shapes range from miniature versions of traditional moulds to more modern ones such as hearts and teddy bears

Each of the types of jelly moulds listed above offer different opportunities to use cooking skills as well as trying out different jelly recipes. In fact, the basic technique used in making and releasing a jelly mould is only the beginning of a very interesting and enriching cooking talent.

How to Buy Jelly Moulds on eBay

eBay is a great place to buy jelly moulds since its sellers offer a variety of both new and used options which fit many budgets and tastes. Buyers even have the option of searching the site's Daily Deals page for great prices on kitchenware items like jelly moulds.

With such a rich history and a variety of great recipes to use in them, jelly moulds are a great addition to any kitchen. However, the presence of a jelly mould is not enough to get a beautiful and delicious dessert on the table; the cook also needs to know how to use a jelly mould. Thankfully, the process is simple, and once mastered, easy to repeat time and time again.

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