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Jul 13, 2008 06:47 AM

Cover jello while refrigerating? [Moved from Site Talk Board]

when making jello from the package thingy, do you have to cover it when refrigerating?

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  1. No, I've never covered it.

    1. Unless I have some uncovered foods (which is rare) in the frig. that might transfer flavors to the jello I don't generally cover it while it sets. I do, however, cover it when it goes back into the frig. for storage.

      1. My ref is really a self defroster--it would dehydrate uncovered jello.

        The reason I know is that I stumbled onto making jello with the cup of boiling water and with a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (using two types of lemons we have here, and that I had in over-abundance, but that are not sold in the US). Makes an incredible palate cleanser served on chinese soup spoons and thought to be something esoteric and sophisicated by guests.

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        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          Actually, self defrotsting or not, today's refrigerators distribute the cold with a fan system that will dry out anything left uncovered for very long. If the Jell-O is for dinner tonight, it's okay not to cover it. If it's for dinner tomorrow night, cover it.