How to Unmold Jello
Sometimes I get some very interesting reader emails. In the last few weeks I was asked if I knew how to get a molded Jello out of the mold. Well, to specify, the reader could get the Jello out, but not in one solid, wiggling piece. I’m not quite sure why she thought to get in touch with me about how to unmold Jello, but I’m honored that she did and I’m glad to say my advice proved sound and she’s now molding with the best of them!
Since I just so happen to have a nasty head cold which gives me a terrible on-fire kind of sore throat, I’m in the market for cold things that have no dairy in them. Popsicles and Jello top the list for me every cold season. So when I was digging through my boxes of Jello to make some therapeutic desserts :) I decided to dig out one of my molds and do a quickie tips:
- Even if you figure your pan is clean, give it a quick wash. With all of the intricate little crevices there is a good chance that something got up in there.
- I’ve been told that some grease their pans. I do not. That seems icky to me but feel free to give it a go.
- Make your Jello firmer than you normally would. A normal package calls for 2 cups of water, one boiling and one cold. Instead I just use 1.5 cups of boiling water and call it done. Toss in the fridge to cool.
- If layering your jello, allow at least an hour between each.
- Let the Jello sit in the fridge at least overnight before trying to remove from the mold.
And now for the very simple how to:
Put hot water into your sink or a bowl that is larger than your mold. Fill about halfway. Dip your mold into the water. Count to three. Remove and use your fingers to gently pull the gelatin from the inside of the mold. It should give easily. If not, give it another few seconds and try again. REMEMBER that Jello will melt so the longer you keep inside of the hot water the more of the outer surface will melt on you and you’ll have a mess on your hands. Turn the mold over onto your plate or serving dish and clean up any little bits of melted liquid that came with it. Place in the refrigerator for about an hour to make sure it is reset.
Oh, and before I go, I decided to make an ombre Jello mold! I layered four boxes of Jello going: orange, peach, cranberry, raspberry to get the lovely color you see in the photo at the top.
Will you be molding Jello? It’s kitschy fun and great for the holidays and double bonus that it makes me feel like I belong in red lipstick and a fancy apron while in the kitchen :) My nephews and I will be using a vintage wreath mold for Christmas jello tomorrow! Happy unmolding!