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Two Ways to Unmold Jell-O.
May 19, 2017 Recipes
Here are two ways to unmold Jell-O. The first is a more traditional way and
the second is one that many in my family use.
The art of
unmolding gelatin is easy to learn -- it just takes a little practice. Before
unmolding gelatin, make certain that gelatin is completely firm -- it should not
feel sticky on top and should not sag toward side if mold is tilted. If gelatin
is firm, dip a small pointed knife in warm water and run tip of it around top
edge of mold to loosen. Or moisten tips of fingers and gently pull gelatin from
top edge of mold. When using disposable metal cans as molds, puncture bottoms --
this makes it easier to unmold the gelatin because it eliminates any vacuum in
cans, which are usually deeper in relationship to top surface than other molds.
Moisten top of gelatin and a chilled plate -- the moist surfaces make it
easier to slide the gelatin into the center of the plate after it has been
Dip mold in warm water -- do not use hot water as it will melt
the gelatin. (If oven-proof glass, china, or paper containers are used as molds,
the water should be slightly warmer.) Working quickly, dip the mold just to the
rim in the warm water -- about 10 seconds. Lift from water, hold upright, and
shake slightly to loosen the gelatin from mold. Invert moistened plate on mold.
Always unmold gelatin on a chilled or cold plate or platter -- a warm plate will
melt the gelatin. Then invert plate and mold together. Lift off mold carefully
-- if gelatin doesn't release easily, dip the mold in warm water again. If
necessary, move gelatin to center of plate. You can also run a knife around the
inside edge of the mold before immersing in the war water to help break the
If desired, try this new way of unmolding gelatin. Oil
mold slightly; or spray with non stick spray, then place a l-inch strip of
aluminum foil across bottom and up sides, letting it extend as tabs on both
sides. Smooth foil to remove wrinkles and press to shape of mold. Add gelatin
and chill until firm. Then moisten top of gelatin and a plate, place plate over
gelatin, and invert together. Gently pull one of the tabs to break vacuum in
mold; then remove mold and the foil strip.
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