Watch It Wiggle, See It Jiggle

There was a time, in our recent history of foods, recipes containing gelatin were considered a gastronomic experience.

One of the most recognized brands of gelatin was *Jell-O. In the early part of the 20th century, Jell-O was a revolutionary new product.

In 1897, Pearle Wait, a carpenter in LeRoy, was putting up a cough remedy and laxative tea in his home. He experimented with gelatine and came up with a fruit flavored dessert which his wife, May, named Jell-O. He tried to market his product but he lacked the capital and the experience.

In 1904, Ladies Home Journal launched the printed portion of the first Jell-O “best seller” recipe booklet. Jell-O became a household word with their colored illustrations.

“By 1930, there appeared a vogue in American cuisine for congealed salads, and the company introduced lime-flavored Jell-O to complement the add-ins that cooks across the country were combining in these aspics and salads. Popular Jell-O recipes often included ingredients like cabbage, celery, green peppers, and even cooked pasta”.

And so, the nightmare begins-

A mélange of cottage cheese, vinegar, onions, seafood salad, and  lime Jell-O!

‘Chicken Relish Mold’  combined with pickles and chicken!  To make it more “chickenie” don’t forget the chicken bouillon.

‘Jellied Vegetable Medley’ with vegetable bouillon and mayonnaise.

Sounds like a punishment rather than a meal!

Another gastronomic experience consisting of green beans and pimento suspended in lemon Jell-O.
This ‘Barbecue Salad’ consists of just tomato sauce, vinegar, salt & pepper, and Jell-O.
The ‘Cardinal Salad, consists of beet juice, vinegar, onions, horseradish, cooked beets.

To make sure you get your daily requirement of veggies, we introduce the ‘Vegetable Salad’.  Who would be able to resist a congealed pile of cauliflower, diced tomato, cabbage with the added flavor of grated onion and vinegar suspended in Jell-O.

Mmm, Mmm!

“By the 1950s, salads would become so popular that Jell-O responded with savory and vegetable flavors such as Celery, Italian, Mixed Vegetable and Seasoned Tomato”.

Seasoned Tomato, Italian Salad…!

I am not surprised to find these flavors has since been discontinued.

When I think of Jell-O, I think of dessert.

Do any of these recipes  appeal to you?

*Jell-O is a registered trademark of Kraft Foods.

3 thoughts on “Watch It Wiggle, See It Jiggle

    1. Hi Kathy, I was just over at your new blog-looking good! I find WP much more blogger friendly than Blogspot. Glad to see you’re still blogging. Not many of us bloggers left since FB came on the scene.

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