There’s no doubt that pineapple is on the menu! Since this symbol of welcome is currently trending everywhere, I was delighted to find a vintage pineapple-shaped Jell-O mold when I was thrifting. This led me to rediscover Jell-O salad in all its fruity, wiggly retro splendor! I haven’t eaten a Jell-O salad in many years. My Grandma Marcie used to make them when I was a little girl.
Cooking with gelatin was cutting edge in the 1950s– an intersection of the culinary arts and modern food science. French cuisine was the first to use gelatin for cooking. Since rendering and clarifying gelatin was labor intensive and expensive, only the wealthy could afford to use it. The invention of pre-granulated gelatin in 1894 by Charles Knox and the eventual widespread use of refrigeration made it accessible to everyone.
Here’s my updated version of a Jell-O fruit salad. To make it, you’ll need:
I told my daughter stories about my grandma as we made this Jell-O salad. We both think it tastes like dreamsicles and sunshine. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
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