This week’s fantastic gelatin is my choice for the most unique, different and delicious gelatin recipe that was submitted during our contest.


Grandma Porter’s Lime Jell-O with Avocado & Grapefruit!

This recipe was sent in by April, who writes:

Hi Ruth,

This one I remember my great grandmother making when I was as young as 3 or 4, so that was 1953-54. As an adult, I became allergic to avocados, so I couldn’t eat it anymore, and in later years when I tried it on my kids, they got grossed out on the thought of canned grapefruit, so it’s a lost recipe that I hope you will enjoy. The avocados she used were from the backyard in California, sooo good!  I remember her serving it with lamb shanks, or sticky meat as I called it when I was little….another one of my favorite dishes that’s nothing more then a memory now. Hope you like it! Thanks for giving me a reason to go down memory lane, it was fun! Really enjoy your blog btw!

Thanks again,


Grandma Porter’s Lime Jell-O with Avocado & Grapefruit
A unique retro gelatin recipe!
  • 1 small box of Lime Jello
  • 1 can of Grapefruit Sections chilled
  • 1 freshly sliced Avocado
  • Mayonaise
  1. Fix the jello according to package directions ( 1 cup boiling water to dissolve, then 1/2 cup cold water and 1/2 cup cold grapefruit juice from can)
  2. After the jello has set just a little, place grapefruit sections and avocado slices alternately down the tray (Grandma used to use aluminum ice cube trays to make this)
  3. Refrigerate and when firm serve with a little dollop of mayo on top



Okay, the first good thing about this recipe: Did you know that a vintage ice cube tray can be used as a gelatin mold??? I didn’t.  It turns out it is pretty much the perfect size for one package of gelatin plus a few extra goodies.


Also, this recipe was darn easy.  That being said, I STILL managed to mess it up. I know, right? Anyway, I forgot to add a bit of gelatin to the bottom to keep everything from floating all over. But it still ended up just fine.


And I actually thought it looked pretty unmolded, even after my screw-up. Or maybe that is just the “gelatin-crazy” talking. I did unmold a lot of ugly gelatin recently.


Tom thought it looked hilarious. But like that has ever stopped him before.


“What?” I said. “What does that look mean?”

“This…is actually good. “

From Tom’s Tasting Notes:

An amazing combination of flavors. Fascinating.

From Ruth’s Tasting Notes:

Not bad! Like nothing we’ve ever had before. Not gross at all.

The Verdict: Surprisingly good.

I know, you think I’m crazy. Just hear me out on this, okay?

I am not sure the culinary reasons behind this. In fact, this may just be a taste thing, but for some reason to me the avocado with the lime gelatin and the mayo was quite tasty. Maybe it is because I really love avocado. Maybe it is because I like grapefruit. Or maybe, just maybe, April’s Great-Grandmother was a dang genius.

Thanks for sending in a fun recipe, April!!