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Gelatin, from calf's hoof jelly to Jell-O, "America's Favorite Dessert"

Gelatin foodstuffs have a long culinary history. The ancient Egyptians made a gelatin-like substance from protein-rich animal materials that they used in their cuisine. It wasn't until the 17th century invention of pressure cooking devices that the process of creating gelatin became significantly less labor and time intensive. The process was refined in the following decades, with the US inventor Peter Cooper filing the patent for Improvement in the preparation of portable gelatine in 1845. He never made much of the patent, and sold it to Pearle B. Wait, who's wife, May Davis Wait, helped turn the gelatin into Jell-O, both naming the product and turning it into a sweet, fruit-flavored dessert. They, too, had no luck selling Jell-O, and sold the patent for $450 to Orator Francis Woodward, who struggled for a period, before turning to marketing to increase interest in the dessert (NYT). By 1902, Jell-O was "America's Favorite Dessert," at least according to the advertisements. And now you know the history of gelatin and Jello. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 2, 2014 - 31 comments

A fine end to any meal.

Interesting Kit: butt pudding (SLYT)
posted by elizardbits on Jan 1, 2014 - 41 comments

As if baking wasn't complicated enough already

17 cooking projects ain't nobody got time for. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Jun 22, 2013 - 119 comments

The Beauty Of Physics

Ordinary objects made beautiful by physics: a red scarf surrounded by electric fans. Half-filled water balloons and Jello (previously) dropped and shot at 6200 frames per second. Two ball bearings welded together and set to spin with a breath.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Sep 4, 2012 - 34 comments

It must be Jello, cause jam don't shake like that.

It is a brave new world… of Jello. [more inside]
posted by Scram on May 27, 2012 - 31 comments

w o b b l e w o b b l e w o b b l e

And here is a video of Jell-O cubes bouncing, shot at 6200 frames per second.
posted by bayani on May 3, 2011 - 81 comments

There's ALWAYS room for Jello.

Glass Block Holiday Jello
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Dec 4, 2010 - 72 comments

Poor Xenon. So noble, yet so alone.

Chemical Party (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Nov 16, 2010 - 25 comments

There's Always Room

My Jello Americans is the future of jello shots.
posted by box on Oct 2, 2010 - 30 comments

Keep Calm and Jiggle On

The day you have been waiting for all year has arrived: the 2010 winners of the Gowanus Studio Space Jell-O Mold Competition have been announced!
posted by emilyd22222 on Jul 12, 2010 - 8 comments

Like nailing Jello to the wall.

"Nailing down Senator Obama's various tax proposals is like nailing Jello to the wall." Well, how hard is it, really? Initial attempts are not too promising. Some creative engineering fares better, but not a whole lot. Of course, Jesus can help. Oh well -- at least you can set it on fire. [more inside]
posted by limon on Oct 7, 2008 - 33 comments

Green Jelly

Green Jellÿ (pronounced Green Jellö) is a Grammy-nominated (Best Music Video, Long Form), Top 40-charting metal band that nonetheless purports to be the world's worst band, choosing to "disguise their lack of ability with stupid props." [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jul 25, 2008 - 26 comments

Jell-O Shot Recipes

What is the best tasting Jell-O shot?
posted by nervousfritz on Oct 21, 2007 - 23 comments

jiggly virtual b00b support

The Shock Absorber Bounce-o-Meter is *definitely* NSFW, but sure is a lot of fun. Choose your cup size, then your level of activity, and you will be presented with naked breasts, breasts in a normal bra and breasts in the Shock Absorber bra side by side...all the while doing some exercise to get things jiggling.
posted by gren on Feb 28, 2006 - 53 comments

Jell-O By The Bay

The Financial District, Pea Soup fog, the Oakland-Bay Bridge, Alamo Square, City Hall, and the view from Telegraph Hill of the Loma Prieta earthquake [Quicktime .mov file]--here's San Francisco, all made with Jell-O.
posted by fandango_matt on Oct 24, 2005 - 25 comments

Fun Food

Here's your weekend project: Clare Crespo's Jell-O Aquarium recipe. (More fun Clare recipes here, here, and at her site Flash and sound).
posted by taz on Jul 2, 2005 - 10 comments

It's official...

It's official... Utah loves Jell-O!!
posted by o2b on Jan 15, 2002 - 21 comments

Eat yer face!

Eat yer face! DIY life cast gelatin molds! [via 50 cups]
posted by plinth on May 16, 2000 - 1 comment

There's always room for Jell-O!

There's always room for Jell-O! Most people don't know that Tom Lehrer is the co-inventor of the vodka Jell-O shot
posted by plinth on Mar 13, 2000 - 7 comments

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