Red Jello

27 Nov

I was emailing my mom about cooking tonight, and she mentioned that what she’d done for Bird Sacrifice Day was to make her grandmother’s frozen fruit salad.

I had entirely forgotten about this dish, but remembered it in a flash…lusting after it, every year, as a small child. The Best Part. Maybe competing with the gravy. But oh, yum. 

That in turn reminded me of a girlfriend I loved when I was thirteen. We went to the movies once and looked to buy snacks. For some reason they had jello (mind you, this was in the early 70’s, things were different then.)

One of us, probably me, asked what flavor the Jello was. “Red” was the answer.

We thought this was the funniest thing ever. We had all these ongoing running jokes, and I used to embroider when I was a teenager, and I embroidered a denim jacket with all of our in-jokes. 

I have no idea what happened to that jacket. My family moved precipitously at times during my adolescence, things got lost. As an adult, I have had something of a tendency to let things get lost, too. It can get to be a bad habit.

So, in the spirit of keeping, not losing, here is the recipe, slightly adapted by my mother. brought down from my mother’s mother’s mother Lila, who was a very nice woman I met a few times, who did beautiful embroidery, I am told.

Frozen Fruit Salad

1 8 oz. package red jello
1 C. fruit juice (from the canned fruits below)
1 8 oz. pkg. softened cream cheese
1 cup whipping cream, then whipped
1 regular can pineapple tidbits
1 regular can other fruit (she used fruit cocktail, i use peaches)
1 sliced banana

boil the fruit juice, dissolve the jello into it: mix these into the cream cheese.
Stir in gently the whipped cream, then the fruit.  pour/spoon it all into a half-gallon container (or several pint containers with lids, like cottage cheese) and freeze.

2 Responses to “Red Jello”

  1. morag99 2014/12/10 at 11:30 pm #

    Ha! Red IS a flavour. A wonderfully fake flavour. I’ve loved red treats since I was very little …

    This frozen dessert sounds just delicious. And I’ll bet it looks delicious, too. Pink.

    It’s very sweet of you to share it with others in order not to lose it. Thanks, Miep!


    • Miep 2014/12/10 at 11:53 pm #

      :-) As I get old, it comes to me to share that of my elders.

      That jello cream cheese deal is just awesome. Going to make that soon.


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