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A Jelly Mould is a tool for shaping savoury or sweet gelatin or aspic dishes in. Once set and turned out of the mould, the jelly is meant to retain the shape of the mould.
Jelly Moulds can be made glass, metal or silicone. Older ones were made of pewter, tin or copper.
They come in varying sizes and many shapes. The shape is usually meant to reflect whether the jelly is savoury or not, e.g. fish-shaped for savoury, etc.
You can also get them ring-shaped.
To make unmoulding easier, you can lightly brush the inside of the mould with oil before pouring the jelly mixture in, or briefly the rest set jelly in its mould into a pan or sink of hot water to loosen the edges, then place a plate on top, and invert.
The earliest known Jelly Mould to date is from 1730.
Literature & Lore
On the wall of the kitchen of Ken and Deidre Barlow on the British television programme “Coronation Street”, viewers were startled by what appeared to be a Jelly Mould in the shape of a penis and testicles. Viewers at first thought it was a lobster until a few more episodes went by, affording more examination of it. Some still think that it was a lobster.
Note to Americans: Jelly here means as in gelatin, not “jam”.