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The Charm-Bracelet Mold


We conclude this segment of The Aden Collection of Vintage Recipes with an Ode to Gelatin. Home cooks back in the day often demonstrated potluck prowess from a box of Jello. I was flabbergasted by some of the ingredients in the gelatin “salad” recipes:

horseradish
tomato soup
cheddar cheese
sauerkraut

Does this really taste good?! Fascinated by these seemingly unconventional combinations, I somehow began to perceive Jello salad as an avant-garde delicacy…and a sinister way to sneak sauerkraut past the picky eaters of the world {heh}.


the recipe {verbatim}
  • 2 packages lemon gelatin (pineapple-grapefruit)
  • 1,  number 2 can crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup chopped sauerkraut (rinse with cold water)
  • 1 cup angel flake coconut
  • ½ cup chopped nuts

Drain pineapple, add water to make 4 cups. Bring to boiling 2 cups of liquid and dissolve the gelatin. Then add other 2 cups liquid. Chill until slightly thickened. Add remaining ingredients chill until firm in ring mold. Sometimes the chopped sauerkraut can be bought. If not, I cut through the regular kind with the kitchen shears. I filled the center of the mold wgith sour cream. Serves 12.


creative license
  • My pantry was void of lemon gelatin. Substituted 1 box of orange and 1 box of peach gelatin.
  • Omitted the chopped nuts. {wretched nut allergies}.
  • Poured gelatinous mixture into stemless wine glasses to serve as individual portions.
  • Garnished with sliced bananas rather than sour cream.

THIS RECIPE IS A MEMBER OF THE ADEN COLLECTION OF VINTAGE RECIPES.

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