I have been posting so many great recipes that you probably don’t know where to start. I know you want to make them all! But how on earth are you supposed to actually make any of these recipes if you don’t know how to unmold them? Well, Ms. L’Orange is here to teach you a thing or two.
The pages above come straight from the Joys of Jell-O. They are a fab pictorial guide to the process of unmolding Jell-O molds. (Click on the photos above for a clearer view.) I don’t do it exactly the way they do, so pay close attention.
Step 1: Get a big cooking pot or bowl and fill it up with warm water. NOT hot water. If your water is too hot, the gelatin will melt and you’ll have a big runny puddle.
Step 2: Test the edges of the jello by pulling an edge away from the mold with your finger. Does it readily pull away? Great, you’re ready for Step 3. Does it stick to the mold like Selleck’s ‘stache sticks to his upper lip? Then run a butter knife around the edge to loosen that up.
Step 3: Dip the mold in the warm water up to the rim, taking care not to get water on your jello. Hold it there for 15-20 seconds. Put your mold back on the counter.
Step 4: Place your serving plate upside-down on the mold and flip the whole thing over. It should fall right out and make a squelching sound. If it doesn’t, proceed to Step 5.
Step 5: Repeat Step 3. Alternatively, plug in your hair dryer and evenly heat up the outside of the mold until the jello shakes loose. Beware of this method though, as too much heat will result in aforementioned puddle.
Step 6: Stand back and admire your handiwork.
Note: If you are removing gelatin from a can (like in the Quick Tomato Mold), puncture the bottom of the can before dipping it in the water to release the pressure.