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Congealed Cherry Salad
Congealed Cherry Salad is a fantastic salad made with all sorts of good things. Dark sweet cherries, mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple, chopped pecans and mini marshmallows. Cherry jello holds everything together. This post also contains a Kitchen Tip on: How to Unmold Jello. After all, if you don’t unmold a jello salad correctly, all you’ll have is a big ‘ol mess to serve. And we don’t want that, do we?!
What in the world does “Congealed” mean? It’s a not so nice sounding word for a delicious tasting jell-o salad. Congealed means: “A jell-o salad made with flavored or unflavored gelatin, fruit, nuts, and vegetables such as grated carrots, chopped celery and/or cottage cheese, cream cheese, whipped topping and/or mini marshmallows.” So tell me something I don’t know!!
Basically “congealed” means: any jell-o salad with a bunch of stuff in it. The next time you see the phrase/recipe that calls itself a “congealed” jello salad, don’t run screaming in the other direction. It’s just a jello salad, so grab a big spoon and dig in. Its full of all kinds of good things to eat.
Perfect for any occasion.
- 1 15 oz can dark sweet pitted cherries, undrained
- 1 11 oz can mandarin oranges, undrained
- 1 8 oz can crushed pineapple, undrained
- 1 6 oz package cherry gelatin
- 1 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
- whipped topping for garnish, optional
Drain fruit, reserving 1 1/2 cups juice; set aside. Bring juice to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add gelatin; cook stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until gelatin dissolves. Remove gelatin mixture from heat; stir in cold water. Cover and chill until mixture is the consistency of unbeaten egg whites. Fold in fruit, pecans and mini marshmallows. Spoon into a lightly sprayed 6-cup mold, cover and chill until firm.
Un-mold jello salad and serve.
Kitchen Tip: How to Unmold Jello
To unmold with ease:mRun a knife around edge of mold to break the suction. Gently pull salad away from sides using fingers. Wrap mold in a damp, warm dish towel for 1 minute. Unwrap, place a serving platter on top of mold, and invert. Gently shake, and remove mold. Non-stick cooking spray works wonders also. I have several, ok it’s a “collection” of “vintage” Tupperware jello molds that are fantastic. When the seal or cover is opened or broken, the molded jello slips right out.