Gelatin Recipe Testing Has Begun – And It’s Weird

Posted on May 16 2012 - 6:26am by RetroRuth

Oh, Holy Cow! I am very, very excited about this contest. We got in about 50 entries (!) this time and competition is fierce!

The entries have really been all over the map on this one.  It has been so much fun so far that I just had to share some teaser pictures with you guys.  And, as always, if you recognize your entry – don’t blurt it out what it is in the comments! I want to keep the submissions a surprise until the end.


It really has been all over the map.  I thought at first I would just be making a thousand molded salads, but I haven’t.  In addition to being able to exercise my many, many copper molds, I’ve also been making pies, cakes, sandwiches (I know, right?) and green salads covered in chunks of stuff.

Or have I said too much?


Anyway, you get no explanations for these pictures. You just have to use your imagination. And then use it more. More.

A little more.


Okay, now maybe you will be able to see about a 10th of the weird stuff I’ve had to make.


But it hasn’t all been bad. Some of it’s been good. Some of it looked bad but then tasted good. Some of it looked bad, then looked good, then bad again. And then tasted like a really big mistake.

And we aren’t even halfway through!


So, hopefully these pictures will hold you over until next week, when you will probably get more teaser pictures. Exciting, huh?

Did I mention I am making a LOT of gelatin dishes? Yeah. It’s a lot.

I mean, a LOT a lot.


A lot.

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6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Mimi May 16, 2012 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Oooooooh! I live to gel!!! Can’t wait to see more. Pic #3 is giving me flashbacks. eeek!

  2. Oh, the joys of Jell-O!

  3. veg-o-matic May 16, 2012 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Hmmm, that last picture looks kind of familiar. In which case, ew.

  4. Andrea May 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Ruth- there is no doubt about it, you and Tom must truly have stomachs made of iron! I am frightened already!

  5. Erica May 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Oh dear… chunks of meat (fish?) in a gelatin-looking goop? That doesn’t bode well! (The rhubarb and the graham-cracker-crust though, I hold out hope for.)

  6. P'Gell May 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    MWAHAHAHAA! That graham cracker pie crust looks…. familiar…. 😉

    I can’t wait to see how they all turn out, Ruth. Take lots of Tom-Pics.

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