One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fine mesh bag used for straining the juice from cooked fruit, especially so that this liquid can be made into jelly.
- ‘Have your scrupulously clean jelly bag or double muslin-lined sieve suspended over a bowl.’
- ‘And, of course, there is the huge brass ‘jeelie pan’ on top of the cupboard, with the jelly bag hanging alongside.’
- ‘You can either put the seeds in a jelly bag or cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice or drink the juice right out of the fruit.’
- ‘‘I used to get everything from Deptford Market, or from pound shops: jelly bags, garden string, stuff in primary colours,’ she explains.’
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