Make a Square Mold for Agar-Agar

If you like the way cubes of agar-agar look in a bowl, you may want to make a square dish just the right size for a batch (1 3/4 to 2 cups) of this cooling snack. Here is a picture of my mold being used.  By making your own, you can have square corners. Of course you can use a square plastic food container or a small bread-pan.

The square box is made from corrugated plastic (the kind signs are made from) to support a parchment paper liner.

I used a 12″ square of the plastic, and drew a 6″ square in the center. Extend the lines of the inner square to the outside edges of the material.

Square Agar-Agag MoldTo make folds in the plastic, use a sharp knife to score the fold lines (slice through the bottom layer and the corrugations only—don’t cut the last single layer!). Bend the single layer of plastic to make creases on the fold lines.

Make cuts all the way through according to the red lines in the diagram.
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Agar-agar Jelly Mold.

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Bend the 2 short rectangles to stand straight up.

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How to make a mold for agar agar.

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Then bend the 2 longer rectangles to stand straight up..

Make a Square Agar-Agag Mold 5

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Fold the side flaps in
and hold in place with a rubber band.

Make a Square Agar-Agag Mold.

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Open flat to store!

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Parchment paper lining for agar-agar mold.

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To make the liner:
Fold a 12″ square of parchment paper as indicated by the diagram.

.Parchment paper lining for agar-agar mold.

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Pinch the corners to bring up the sides of the box.

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.Parchment paper lining for agar-agar mold.

Bend the triagular corners to the sides of the box.

Insert paper into the box. You may need to use clips to keep it in place.

Most recipes for agar-agar jellies tell the cook to wet the mold with water before filling. If you use plastic or glass, your jelly will come right out. With parchment paper, I have found it unnecessary to wet it.

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