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Savoury Jelly For Meat Pies


  • 3 pounds of shin of beef
  • 1 calf's-foot
  • 3 pounds of knuckle of veal
  • poultry trimmings (if for game pies, any game trimmings)
  • 2 onions stuck with cloves
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 shalots
  • 1 bunch of savoury herbs
  • 2 bay-leaves
  • 2 blades of mace and a little spice, when liked
  • 2 slices of lean ham
  • rather more than 2 quarts of water


Cut up the meat and put it into a stewpan with all the ingredients except the water; set it over a slow fire to draw down, and, when the gravy ceases to flow from the meat, pour in the water. Let it boil up, then carefully take away all scum from the top. Cover the stewpan closely, and let the stock simmer very gently for 4 hours: if rapidly boiled, the jelly will not be clear. When done, strain it through a fine sieve or flannel bag; and when cold, the jelly should be quite transparent. If this is not the case, clarify it with the whites of eggs.

Time: 4 hours.


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The Book of Household Management (1861).

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