If everyone in your house eats jello, you’ll find yourself making it in large quantities and then looking for a way to preserve it. It begs the question, can you freeze jello? Well, the answer is yes. You can freeze jello, but you should be ready for some slight consequences afterward.
The jiggly treat is not just a snack; it has found a lot of culinary use when making salad, pies, and cakes. During summer, the demand for jello in the house peaks, and you most likely need more than you already have. How do you meet these demands without having to make jello daily?
If you have freezing jello in mind, then there are some things Cheffist thinks you should know about freezing jello.
What Is Jello?
Jello refers to gelatin desserts and puddings made by Kraft Heinz. It is a wobbly, wiggly, or jiggly (whichever way you like to describe its texture and consistency) fruit-flavored gel that people, children, and adults alike, love to eat as a snack.
Moreover, jello is also used as a base and filling for cakes and pies, as an ingredient in fruit salad, and as a topping for yogurt, whipped cream, and fruits. The gelatin desserts come in a variety of flavors and colors. The most common you’ll find are strawberry, raspberry lemon, and chocolate flavors.
Jello contains gelatin compounds, polymers, and colloids, which gives it its firmness and wiggly texture. While it looks like pure junk, eating gelatin is good for the body. It contains proteins and antioxidants that can help improve bone & skin health and the digestive system.
On the flip side, jello is high in sugar which can be bad for your health. Therefore, you should enjoy this dessert with caution.
Can You Freeze Jello?
Yes, you can freeze jello, but there will be some losses. As mentioned earlier, the gelatin desserts are made of polymer and colloids, which have a great impact on the aftermath of freezing jello. In reality, freezing jello leaves you with almost a wasted effort.
The polymers and colloids that give jello its lovely texture don’t do well with cold temperatures. When they become cold, they separate or break down. Moreover, jello contains a good percentage of water which will give you a watery mess when it thaws.
Furthermore, it ends up looking and tasting soft, clumpy, rubbery, and unpalatable. In essence, freezing is not always the way to go when you want to preserve jello, except you don’t have a choice.
Can You Freeze Jello Shots?
Although it’s not advisable, you can freeze jello shots to preserve them for a few weeks (your best bet at quality). Freeze them in small sizes that you can pop and use while frozen. Just like jello, the gelatin dessert, the shots don’t freeze well.
Over time, especially if you thaw the shots, it’ll give you soggy or mushy jello shots. Jello shots are made with alcohol that doesn’t freeze at the temperature of your freezer.
Alcohol freezes at -97°F, and most freezers don’t go below -20°F. No matter how long you leave the jello shots in the freezer, they never get frozen unless you make certain changes to your freezer. The best way to preserve jello shots is to refrigerate them and use them within 3-5 days.
Can You Freeze Jello Pudding?
Unlike regular jello, you can freeze jello pudding cups like popsicles. Frozen jello looks and tastes like ice cream. They can stay frozen for months, and you can always serve them as a midday snack for your kids.
Can You Freeze Jello Salad?
You can freeze jello salad if you want to eat it frozen. Not to worry, the salad will soften as you eat it. Frozen jello salad has the creamy texture and taste of ice cream. When you take it out of the freezer, make sure you eat it within 30 minutes while it’s still refreshing.
Can You Freeze Jello to Make Popsicles?
Yes. Jello Popsicles are one of the healthiest you can get because they do not contain sugar. Moreover, they are an inexpensive treat to make for your kids during the holidays.
In addition, you can mix bite-size fruits into the jello mix before you freeze them into popsicles.
Can You Freeze Jello Cake?
Jello cake is probably everyone’s treat. The cake graces your palate with a spongy and rubbery feeling. If you want to preserve the cake for up to a month, you should freeze it.
When you’re ready to serve it, allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and serve the next morning with whipped cream and fruits as topping.
In addition, you can also freeze jello cheesecake to keep it for up to a month. However, you shouldn’t freeze the cheesecake with the toppings. Freeze the cake with the baking pan. When it is frozen, take it out of the pan and wrap it in a plastic wrap, and double-proof with a freezer bag.
When you are ready to eat the cake, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and serve with toppings.
Can You Freeze Jello Jigglers?
Although jello jigglers are firmer than jello, you shouldn’t freeze jello jigglers. Just like jello, they do not solidify and will lose their jiggly texture when frozen.
How to Freeze Jello
- If you must freeze jello, make jello popsicles instead.
- Get a popsicle mold or silicone muffin tray.
- Afterward, pour the jello into each cup and allow it to set in the freezer. This should take about 2-3 hours only.
- When the jello has set, stick an ice cream stick into each cup.
- Thereafter, take out the jello popsicles. Gather them into an airtight container or freezer bag.
- Then, freeze.
How to Use Frozen Jello
If you have frozen jello at hand and you’re wondering what good it’ll be, you can turn to eat them frozen, make jello popsicles or add it to a punch bowl. But, you can salvage frozen jello, if you don’t want to make any of these.
Follow these steps to fix frozen jello:
- Dissolve the gelatin powder with water (the quantity of gelatin powder you use should be relative to the quantity of frozen jello you’re looking to save).
- Warm up the thawed and clumpy jello in a saucepan over low heat. The jello should not boil.
- Thereafter, stir in the dissolved gelatin mixture.
- Stir it until you have a uniform mix.
- Afterward, turn off the heat, and leave it to cool.
- Refrigerate the cooled jello.
- You should, however, keep in mind that you may not have excellent jello. The result of this depends on how clumpy the thawed jello was. But, the process can help prevent waste.
How Long Can You Freeze Jello?
If you’ll freeze jello, it should not be in the freezer for more than 25-30 minutes. But, if you want to keep it for days, it should not go beyond a few days. The longer you keep jello in the freezer, the more of its texture you’re likely to lose.
Pros of Freezing Jello
- If you freeze jello properly, you can keep it for months.
- Frozen jello can be eaten as a refreshing snack.
Cons of Freezing Jello
- When you freeze jello, it alters the wiggly texture.
- Frozen jello will turn watery when it thaws.
- Also, thawed jello will end up clumpy and less appetizing.
Can you use the freezer to make jello set faster?
Yes, you can. If you want to make your jello set faster, freeze it for 20-30 minutes. It shouldn’t go beyond this time, otherwise, it won’t freeze evenly. It’ll also affect the texture of the jello.
How long does jello last?
Outside the refrigerator, jello can last up to a week. If you refrigerate jello, it can last seven to ten days. Freezing jello is the way to preserve it for months. But it is not the best preservation method.
Does jello go bad?
Yes, jello can go bad. When the jello has gone off, you’ll notice changes in its color, texture, smell, and taste. If you detect any deviations in your wiggly treat, discard it.
Can you eat frozen jello?
Yes, you can. If you have frozen jello, the best way to save it is to eat it frozen as jello popsicles. When frozen jello thaws, you’ll have a mixture of water and gelatin, which you won’t enjoy.
What is the best way to preserve jello?
If you’re looking to preserve prepared jello, the best place for that is the refrigerator. If it is unprepared jello, you can store it in the pantry or cupboards.
You can freeze almost anything, but freezing is not great for everything. And jello is one of those foods that don’t fare well with freezing. Frozen jello may be refreshing, but it’ll feel rather rubbery in your mouth. Moreover, it will leave you with a less appetizing treat after a while.
If you want to preserve jello, you should rather flash freeze it for 20-30 minutes so it sets, and keep it in the refrigerator. It may not keep for long as freezing it will, but you’ll have its wiggly texture intact. However, if freezing is your only option, consume all of it once you’ve thawed it.
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