Pudding cloth

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Preparation of a pudding with a pudding cloth

A pudding cloth is a culinary utensil similar to a cheesecloth or muslin. It is a reusable alternative to cooking in skins made of animal intestines that became popular in England in the seventeenth century for boiling a wide range of puddings.[1]

Typical uses[edit]


Prior to the 19th century, the English Christmas pudding was boiled in a pudding cloth.[2] Clootie pudding, a traditional Scottish dessert, is boiled in a pudding cloth.[3] The traditional way to cook jam roly poly is using a pudding cloth.[4]


Pease pudding was first made possible at the beginning of the 17th century with the advent of the pudding cloth.[5]


  1. ^ "English Puddings". Historic Food. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  2. ^ Broomfield, Andrea (2007) Food and cooking in Victorian England: a history pp.149-150. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007
  3. ^ "Clootie pudding". BBC - Food - Recipes. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Jam Roly Poly Pudding". ASK MUM NOW - NZ. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Food Timeline". The food timeline. Retrieved 28 December 2013.