Friday, February 24, 2012

J - E - L - L - O !

Watch it wiggle...See it jiggle.....Cool and fruity.....jello, brand gelatin.....This jingle is forever inbedded in by brain for some reason!   Good marketing, for sure.  Everyone has their favorite jello...and some kind of vivid memory of jello.  Whether it is the orange jello with mandarin oranges that your mom used to make for you or the lime jello with shredded carrots (This is just wrong!!) that you used to eat at church potlucks, jello has a place in everyones food diary, wouldn't you agree?  This recipe is certain to become your family's favorite.  My mother in law gave me this recipe and my kids went nuts over it.  I started making it for my own family get togethers, and now MY extended family asks me to bring it to each gathering.  It is 7 Layer Jello! It is easy, pretty and always a conversation piece!  It really only takes about 7 minutes total to make this, but you can space out those 7 minutes over an entire day due to the chilling time.
So, here we go.  You will need 7 different kinds of jello, the small boxes.  Any and all kinds work.  If you have little ones, they enjoy picking out the different flavors to make the rainbow.  Also, you will need boiling water and a large can of evaporated milk.
Get your teakettle going with some boiling water.  Arrange your jello boxes in the way you would like them to layer in your 9 by 13 pan, starting with the bottom layer first.  Add your jello to a medium bowl and add 1/2 cup boiling water.  Stir for a couple minutes until this dissolves.  Then add 1/2 cup COLD water.  Mix and pour into your 9 by 13 pan. 

It will make a very thin layer on the entire bottom of the pan.  Put in the fridge to chill.  It will chill fairly quickly, since it is a thin layer and each of the following layers will chill even quicker.  Rinse our your bowl and spatula, but leave it on the counter as you will be going back to it over and over throughout the day.  Go throw in a load of laundry, read a couple chapters or run an errand.  Whenever you think of it next, start the teakettle again.  Pick your next color of jello and again add 1/2 cup boiling water and stir to dissolve.  This time, instead of adding cold water, add 1/2 cup EVAPORATED MILK. 

Stir to combine and pour over the completely chilled and firm first layer. 

Put it back in the fridge, rinse your bowl and do whatever is next on your to do list.  

The Budster....enjoying a relaxing morning......

Now you just continue repeating this process, dissolve with boiling water and alternating each layer between cold water or the evaporated milk.  You should begin and end with the hot water/cold water layer, making sure to chill completely between each layer.

When all layers are in the pan, it will look like this!
And when you cut into it, like this!
Isn't it lovely?  It tastes so creamy and sweet and it seem to fascinate people of how you would ever make it!  Now you know!  Make this for your family and watch their will become your family favorite too!

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