We still have a LOT of jello in the house after my surgery last year (when I was on clear liquids only for a couple weeks). So when I spotted this idea on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to try it!
This is what I was working with from Pinterest. When I finally found a source for this pin, I found the post at Oh! Party. This was a tough one to track down… do you ever get as frustrated as I do when everything is a dead link or spam?? People, please pin responsibly! LOL!
I only used oranges for mine, and I will tell you why: we don’t eat a lot of lemons or limes in our house. So if I was going to remove the fruit, I certainly wasn’t going to let it go to waste! So, oranges it was.
One thing that the original source never mentioned was an actual recipe. I mean, I know jello is simple, but ratios are definitely nice to know! So after figuring that out, I will share what I learned with you here.
Jello Oranges – makes 24 slices
- 3 large navel oranges (if you use the small ones in the bag, you will need more)
- 2 boxes of orange Jello (I used sugar-free, but either version will work fine)
- 2 c. boiling water
- 1 c. cold water*
You’ll note that this is less water than the package calls for. Because you will be slicing these, you want your jello to set slightly harder. Be sure to stir your jello in boiling water for the full two minutes that the package directions tell you to, then add your reduced cold water.
*A note here, if you saw this photo and said, “those would make awesome Jello shots!” the way so many on Pinterest did, this is where you substitute your alcohol. (I’d recommend a flavored vodka. Try whipped cream vodka, its tastes like creamsicles!) Just use 1 cup vodka in place of the cold water, but before you do, stir in a couple ice cubes. If vodka gets above 165 degrees, the alcohol burns off (though the taste remains), so be sure your jello mix is cooled well below boiling before adding it or there’s really no point! Also, don’t try to add more than 1 cup, it won’t set up well. This still gives you 3/4 oz. vodka in each orange slice which is plenty!
All right – let’s get back on track, shall we? :)
Halve your oranges and remove the fruit.
I found this worked best to loosen it with a spoon, then use your hand to pull it out more or less intact. If you end up with this at the navel:
that’s okay! Just pull it off really carefully. Depending on how large a navel your orange has, you’ll end up with something that looks like this.
This was a really large navel. So when you shop, shop for small ones, if you can. What you can do is trim these edges down with your kitchen shears, because you’ll want to fill your rinds up with Jello all the way, if you can.
Now, put your rinds into something to stabilize them. I have these small bowls.
Then just pour your Jello mixture in, and keep them level. Chill them in the refrigerator. I chilled mine overnight.
Then, just carefully slice them up! Quarters seemed too large, so I sliced mine into eighths.
Then just serve and enjoy!