Monday, December 28, 2009

Ham and Celery Loaf

I realize that there might be something wrong with my taste buds. I finally tried making a Jell-O meat loaf, and I actually LIKED it! Perhaps it's an acquired taste. It reminds of eating a giant crunchy sweet pickle with chunks of ham. Or a celery salad with a lemon-lime vinaigrette and chucks of ham and sweet pickles mixed into It. I actually ate a whole bowl full of it. I got this recipe from my new "The Greater Jell-O Recipe Book" from 1931. It seems the older the recipe book, the more unique the recipes. I can't wait to try some more. Next I'll be making the Coca-Cola date and nut mold...
p.s. I made this with HAM not SPAM, big difference. And I followed the recipe exact, except I added an envelope of plain gelatin, and I decreased the boiling water by 1/4 cup. I like my Jell-O thicker than most.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Jell-O Mold

I made a broken glass Jell-O mold for the Christmas party today and it turned out perfect. I think this is one of my favorite Jell-O recipes. Only I added more gelatin this time and I liked the consistency better.
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I hate #%^¡~ kiwis!

Sorry, I've been a very bad Jell-O blogger lately. I've been much too busy with Christmas and Crafty Wonderland to make much Jell-O lately. And these Jell-O molds I've been meaning to post since Thanksgiving! I promise I will do better after Christmas.

Alright, despite the fact that I practically have the entire Joys of Jell-O cookbook memorized, I must confess, I never read the instructions on the box. I mean what could possibly be printed on the box that's not in the cookbook? Well, the problem with the Joys of Jell-O cookbook is that it's a little outdated. It says not to add fresh or frozen pineapple, figs, mangoes or papayas unless they're cooked or canned because they contain an enzyme that keeps Jell-O from setting. The good old Joys of Jell-O cookbook doesn't even mention kiwis. I guess kiwis weren't a very popular fruit in 1950's kitchens. If only I had read the box I would have learned that you cannot add fresh or frozen pineapple, kiwi, gingerroot, papaya, figs, or guava as well. When will I learn?

And here it is! The first Jell-O mold I made for Thanksgiving with the unspeakable horrible kiwis! This picture was taken just before the entire thing collapsed. Although, the layers with strawberries instead of kiwis held firmly together.

And this is the second Jell-O mold I made for Thanksgiving. I gathered all that was left of my Jell-O supply and made this delicious orange/strawberry/icecream fish instead. Everybody loves fished shaped Jell-O!

How to orange/strawberry fish:
2 or 3 strawberries
1 3oz box lemon Jell-O
2 3oz box orange Jell-O
1 3oz box strawberry Jell-O
4 envelopes gelatin
4 cups boiling water
1 cup plain vanilla icecream
(If you use vanilla bean, it will look like there's dirt in your Jell-O.)

Dissolve 1 box lemon and 1 envelope gelatin in 1 and a half cups boiling water. Chill until slightly thickened and arrange sliced strawberry that have been cut in half length wise to resemble scales. Chill until set. Next dissolve 1 box strawberry, 2 box orange, and 3 envelopes of gelatin in 3 and cups boiling water. Add 1 cup icecream and mix. Pour on top of lemon layer and chill until firm.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Molded Tomato Relish

Here is an amazing mold from The Joys of Jell-O Project. Another remarkable site dedicated to making and trying the recipes from "The Joys of Jell-O" cookbook. Here is the recipe she tried for Molded Tomato Relish. I can also see a Molded Pickle Relish version of this recipe and perhaps even a Molded Hot Dog Relish version, with all the ingredients of your favorite Ball Park hot dog glistening inside.

See complete recipe here.
photo by The Joys of Jell-O Project.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Check out the portrait of Bill Cosby made entirely from Jell-O shots created in celebration of his birthday. Found VIA

Monday, November 23, 2009

Molded Cranberry Fruit Salad

This lovely cranberry salad is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table.
Recipe and photo from

Friday, November 20, 2009

Dehydrated Jello Apples

Try this new trick for drying apples with Jell-O.
Recipe and photos from Heather's Happy Haven see recipe here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Old Fashioned Aspic Salad Recipe

Now you too can preserve meat longer encased in gelatin!
Visit to get the full recipe and many more.
Photo from

Sunday, November 15, 2009

retro jello commercial time

Pudding on a stick! What will they thick of next.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Under the Sea Jell-O Salad

(my Jell-O molds)

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(Original molds from The New Joys of Jell-O cookbook and The Joys of Jell-O cookbook.)

Here they are! The Under the Sea Jell-O molds. I ended up with a double batch since I only have small meat loaf pans, but that's alright, I'm sure I can part with one of these. And they're surprisingly tasty too. They remind me of a pear-pistachio salad my mom used to make.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Candy Corn Jello Mold

I wished I had found this post a few days ago. It's made by the wonderful Food Librarian. (I'm always excited to see the next grand thing that's going to pop out of her kitchen.) And this month was no disappointment. Visit her blog here to view the full recipe.
Photos by Food Librarian.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

retro jello commercial time

Buy Jell-O gelatin or "The Ruler of The Universe" will vaporize you!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Creepy Jell-O

Jell-O's not always the happy fun colorful dessert you think it is. Sometimes Jell-O can be downright scary and I'm not talking about The Swedish Salad Mold. I'm talking about freaky and creepy Jell-O.

Here's the undead Jell-O found by Geekologie. You'll need to eat it before it eats you... or I guess you could always just kill it with fire. You can find this mold here at Think Geek. (You can also try brushing on some red food coloring when it's out of the mold for an extra bloody effect.)

Of course if you are a zombie, you might prefer the brain Jell-O mold. I'm assuming Jell-O is a bit more appetizing than actual brains. You could also try filling this mold with the "pink salad" to make it extra revolting.
Found at The Daily Dairy and you can buy a brain mold of your own here at Think Geek. (You can also fill your Jell-O mold with some spaghetti to make it look extra brainy.)

While we're on the subject on internal body parts, you might want to consider trying an anatomically correct heart. Nothing says "I love you!" like giving that special someone a still beating heart... or at the very least a Jell-O mold shaped like a real heart. Found here at Sick Kitchen and you can buy the mold here at Anatomical Chart Company. (I would highly suggest using the bleeding heart recipe.)


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Citrus Surprise with Whipped Jell-O

Really there's nothing surprising about this Jell-O mold. Which is exactly why it tastes so good. It doesn't have eggs, or veggies, or vinegar, or spam. It's made with just plain old Jell-O and canned fruit. It was also surprisingly easy to make. The top layer is simply whipped Jell-O, that you make by taking the stiff Jell-O and beating it like egg whites until it's thick and frothy. Then the bottom layer had orange Jell-O and fruit. I used Mandarin oranges for mine.
See the recipe below:

p.s. I know I've been a bad Jell-O blogger lately. But I just got two amazing new Jell-O cookbooks, so there will be more to come soon!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

How to: Encase a Stapler in Jell-O

Oh, I have no patience!
I've been saving this post for April Fool's Day, but I just can't wait!

Do you have a Dwight in your office?

Now you too can encase his personal belongings in Jell-O!

See the complete instructions here on The Office Fan Site: The Jell-O Stapler.

Here are some of the examples from their site:


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

pink salad and chicken pie

When I think about Jell-O one of the first things that comes to my mind is, tomato sauce. I'm not quite sure what the connection is... perhaps tomato aspic? But tomatoes and gelatin most certainly belong together.

First off we have this delightful recipe for "Pink Salad." Now I've made lots of pink salads before, strawberry ice cream, raspberry whipping cream. But I've never tried a recipe quite like tomatoes and mayonnaise before.

Next up we have this avant-garde recipe for Cardinal Chicken Pie.
I bet you've never tired a pie like Cardinal Chicken Pie.
You can make it with chicken, tuna, crabmeat or lobster!


From American Home Magazine article "Take a Can of Tomato Sauce." – 1954