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By Nikki Willhite

Jello is on of the most versatile and economical foods for the frugal homemaker with a large family. It is used in salads, deserts, and as snacks like finger jello.

It is also great for leftovers. Leftover fruit can be pureed and added to jello for a great taste. When I had a large plum tree I would can the plums, then puree them and add them to the jello. It was great.

If you look up recipes for jello salads, you will find a lot of recipes that call for you to use ingredients like mandarin oranges, marshmallows, cream cheese, evaporated milk, mayonnaise, sour cream, nuts, etc. There are some very delicious recipes you can make with jello.

However, you can also take pleasure in simple recipes using jello. Many a person has grown up with cherry jello with sliced bananas in it as their favorite food. Another favorite is lime jello with nothing but applesauce, or orange jello with mandarin oranges.

For those of you who would like to make some very delicious salads using jello, here's a great recipe.

Pineapple Jello

1 - 6 ounce package Pineapple jello
2 Cups boiling water
1 - 16 ounce can of pineapple tidbits (drain, but reserve liquid)
2 bananas, sliced
1 Cup chopped walnuts
2 cups Cool Whip or other frozen whipped topping

Pour the boiling water over the jello. Stir until dissolved. Add cold water to the reserved pineapple syrup to equal 1 Cups of cold liquid. Add to the dissolved jello. Pour into a dish and chill until almost set. Then fold in the bananas and walnuts. Chill again until firm, and top with Cool Whip.

Finger Jello

Here is the recipe for finger jello. Remember, you can take this to the park, and it won't melt.

4 Cups Boiling Water
4 packages unflavored gelatin
1 and 1/2 Cups Jello (any flavor/flavors mixed together)

Mix the gelatin and jello together in a rectangular pan (approx 13x9). Bring the water to a boil, pour it into the jello powder, and stir until dissolved. (My family likes the bottom crunchy- so I stir less).

After it cools to room temperature, put in the refrigerator for it to harden (approximately one hour). Cut into squares or eat from the pan.


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