Jell-O Molds, Get Real!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I was fortunate enough to know a living great-grandmother complete with all her wisdom. Along with this wisdom came her simplicity of home décor, her kitchen my favorite room in her house. This room was true comfort to me and the décor?

The décor was cooking utensils, items one actually used to prepare a meal. We now have gotten away from hanging such kitchen décor but I remember those kitchen walls and my favorite wall? The one that held a huge collection of Jell-O molds.

Jell-O, when prepared in these molds became a culinary master piece, another thing we have seen go to the wayside. If you could imagine an animal, mineral or vegetable it was a Jell-O mold and I miss them.

I miss the flowery rings that when flipped over and the Jell-O revealed became a jiggling bouquet. I miss the fact that I had to sit all through an entire meal before I was allowed to eat that jiggling bouquet.

As I sit here writing this I also realize I miss that wall of Jell-O molds and all the memories each one held. I can still see them hanging on that wall like an arrangement of fine art work. But of all the molds that hung on that wall, there is one I seem to have missed.

My great-grandmother was a practical woman; she would never have taken her Jell-O molds out of the kitchen, what was the point? The only thing that left that kitchen was the actual Jell-O you had to wait to eat. So I ask you, what has changed?

I will tell you what has changed, the new Jell-O mold and great-granny would not have hung this one on the wall. People have apparently found spandex and consider this to be the new Jell-O mold. Well, it is not people!

I do not care what Jell-O flavor you are parading around in your spandex, the rule is: Do not take your Jell-O molds out of the kitchen. Get It, Got It, GOOD!

Happy Wednesday!



Gail said, 

Great post! The things I use most, still hang in the kitchen.

January 11, 2012 at 8:04 AM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

Great post Jules I didn't know any of my great grandmothers. I have cupboards mostly around my kitchen walls and the one space I have hangs a calendar.......of Daniel
(Sad isn't it?)

Thanks for coming by and the lovely comment,


January 11, 2012 at 9:14 AM  
Karen Walker said, 

I didn't know any of my great grandmothers either. What a blessing. I'm not a kitchen person so I can't think of anything I'd still hang.

January 11, 2012 at 9:20 AM  
Susan Flett Swiderski said, 

If you miss those jello molds, you can always improvise with something I'm pretty sure you still have. Muffin tins. You can make cute little individual molds in them. Maybe put a slice of banana at the bottom of the tin before you add the jello, and then when the jello is partially set, slide thin slices of orange around the sides.

January 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM  
Paula said, 

I brought some package of European jello when I moved to the USA, slightly afraid I would not get this flavor here - and I was right. I am all jello even i high age.

January 11, 2012 at 9:35 AM  
Julie said, 

LOL LOL, I'll never look at spandex the same way. Great comparison!

I used to think that jello was pretty much the biggest delicacy on earth. I loved all the molds.

January 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM  
KarenG said, 

Haha this post gave me such a laugh, I love how you ended it. Jiggle jiggle jiggle. Ew!

January 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM  
Alex J. Cavanaugh said, 

Jello molds and spandex? Two words I would've never put together.

January 11, 2012 at 2:31 PM  
Jen Chandler said, 

Hi Jules! It's been a long time since I've stopped by. I hope all is right in your corner of the world :D

This really made me laugh. Like another person said, I'll never look at spandex the same way again. I didn't know any of my great grand parents. What a treasure!


January 11, 2012 at 3:59 PM  
Arlee Bird said, 

I do like Jello but not when it's parading around in Spandex. The same with Pillsbury Dough Men with too small t-shirts.

A bit about dynamic flow of money on
Tossing It Out

January 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM  
Tammy said, 

Wonderful point, Jules! Personally, I go to great lengths to try to hide my jello, but now they're putting Lycra in jeans, and that just does not mold the jello into proper shapes the way old jeans used to!

January 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM  
Jennifer Shirk said, 

Ha! and Eew! Yes, let's keep them in the kitchen! LOL

January 11, 2012 at 8:31 PM  
Tammy said, 

P.S. I have an award for you. You will not hurt my feelings if you ignore it. I know some people hate them. ;)

January 11, 2012 at 8:53 PM  
Lisa Ricard Claro said, 

You're lucky to have known your great-grandmother. I didn't know either of mine, but I did have my maternal and paternal grandmas, and they couldn't have been any different if they'd tried. My Gramma (mom's mom) was a sweet little German lady with a gray bun, support hose and sensible shoes. Her meals ran along the lines of heavy comfort food. My Memere (dad's mom) was Canadian French and a gourmet cook. A "simple meal" to her included beef with reduced wine sauce and homemade eclairs for dessert. Between the two of them it's a wonder my arteries survived childhood. LOL

January 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM  
Li said, 

I have a few cooking items from my great- grandmother and grandmother. On the negative side of Jello, I have NEVER understood ( nor been able to stomach) that weird Jello concoction with vegetables and mayonnaise. No idea what it's called, but it's disgusting.

January 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM  
DL Hammons said, 

Not a big fan of Jello...and I'm not really sure why. Tastes fine...its the texture that creeps me out! :)

January 12, 2012 at 3:21 PM  
Jayne said, 

Haha! Apparently, spandex holds a lot of jello.

My great-grandmother was 103 when she died, and I remember her well. She had jello molds in her kitchen, too. And a wood-buring pot belly stove. She spoke only French, and I loved it when my grandmother took me to visit her.

Kitchens are the heart and soul of a home. I have a pot rack in mine, where I hang all my pots and utensils. And I use them often (it's so convenient). Makes me think of Grandmama. :)

January 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM  
Mary@GigglesandGuns said, 

I remember all those molds! I even inherited a few. Alas, poor Jell-0 mold I knew it well -- until it got too old to release anyway :)

January 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM  
Theresa Milstein said, 

I love using kitchen tools for decorating accents.

Jello molds remind me of a relative who put salad bits in them and served the jello over lettuce leaves. Shudder.

Happy weekend!

January 13, 2012 at 1:04 PM  
The Golden Eagle said, 

(Yes! I can comment again. For some reason when I stopped by yesterday the comment window wouldn't pop up.)

LOL. It definitely should stay in the kitchen . . . :P

January 13, 2012 at 6:51 PM  
floweringmama said, 

Jello. Spandex. OMG. Freakin' hilarious...

January 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM  
Tracy said, 

Come to think of it, my grandmother did not use jello molds but she did make a great jello dish that held carrots and celery...does that sound nasty? It does now but I really liked it then...

January 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM  
Velvet Over Steel said, 

My grandmother always made jello in those molds too! I miss her and her 'family' dinners with cousins and all! Miss her and those dinners, gatherings and Jello served after leaving the mold. Thanks for sharing your memories and bringing my back! :-)

January 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM  
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