Friday, June 29, 2007

"There's Always Room for Jell-O"

The warm summer months are here, and other than ice cream there are not too many refreshing desserts that you can make quickly and easily. For those of you who live in the US, perhaps one of the most down-home, unpretentious desserts in America is Jell-O. This revered gelatin is simple to prepare and is usually a crowd pleaser, particularly on a hot summer day. Gelatins date back to the Victorian era, but were popularized in the early 1900's by the Gennessee Pure Food Company, which later developed into The Jell-O Company. The first four Jell-O flavors were orange, lemon, strawberry, and raspberry. Amazingly, there were some bizarre Jell-O flavors such as Celery, Italian and Seasoned Tomato, all of which were discontinued (uh, duh!). Lime was introduced in 1930 and remains popular today.

Completely Random Jell-O Trivia:
* The people of Salt Lake City consume more lime-flavored gelatin than any other city in the United States...not sure what that means but it is interesting anyway.

* Bill Cosby has been a spokesperson for Jell-O since 1974.

How about some nifty Jell-O tips?
If you plan to make some refreshing Jell-O this summer and want to add some fruit, here is what you need to know:

* Fruits that float: fresh fruits such as apples, bananas, orange and grapefruit sections, sliced peaches and pears, strawberries, and fruit packed in light syrup

* Fruits that sink: seedless grapes and fruits in heavy syrup such as apricots, cherries, fruit cocktail, peaches, pears, and pineapple.
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So go ahead, treat yourself and have a refreshing bowl of "J-E-LL-O" (sung like the old TV commercials).
-Rick Rockhill

10 comments:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

interesting! you know my son went to high school in palm beach with a boy that said his grandpa invented jello. i don't know if it is true, but they lived in a mansion on the ocean!

i am linking you...

smiles, bee

Lewis said...

Funny, we just had a jello discussion the other day....and reminding ourselves of some TERRIBLE memories surrounding it...like with celery, nuts and even a dollop of mayonnaise on the top. Ick.
The seasoned tomato flavor....wonder if that's where Tomato Aspic came from? Absolutely deplorable.

Lewis said...

Oops, I forgot....my mom even tried lining the bottom of the Jello dish with potato chips and pretzels one time. Don't even ask.....

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Mimi Lenox said...

I'll try these recipes. Sound good.
I just added you to my blog link list. Have a great weekend!

And for heaven's sakes...drink a big glass of sweet tea.

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Steven said...

The most tedious Jell-O dessert? Making a rainbow pride Jell-O mold, with layers of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. And you have to make sure that the Jell-O doesn't get too top heavy, as it can get very slippery on a plate. ;-)

Naomi said...

As you probably know Rick from your time in England, Jello is known as Jelly over here. Strawberry is my favourite. I like it with some pieces of peach, pear and grape in there. Makes it healthier!

yellowdog granny said...

ahh, my favorite...strawberry banana....with bananas...

T-Bird said...

"eek' on SLC and their Lime Jello fetish. Probably with cheap canned Libby fruit cocktail embedded in the jello.

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