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Will Jello remain liquid at room temperature?

seamunky Oct 30, 2012 04:45 PM


This question may seem strange for this forum but since there is so much collective experience, I believe someone here will know the answer.

I am doing an experiment using Jello with my class tomorrow. However, I cannot cook it while at school. Can I boil and dissolve the gelatin at home tonight and count on it remaining in its liquid state? I need and want it to remain liquid. I have a refrigerator at school so I have no problem getting it to set after our experiment. The issue is keeping it liquid for our experiment.

Thank you much!

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  1. PotatoHouse RE: seamunky Oct 30, 2012 05:24 PM

    It will jell at room temperature, it will just take quite a bit longer.

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    1. re: PotatoHouse
      TrishUntrapped RE: PotatoHouse Oct 30, 2012 05:27 PM

      Yep, it will gel at room temp. Can you possibly warm it after it sets so it is liquid again or will that spoil your experiment? Or possibly bring hot water in a thermos to dissolve the jello at class?

    2. chefj RE: seamunky Oct 30, 2012 06:43 PM

      Use a thermos. Put it in while just warm. It should set in the Refrigerator in a few hours especially if you set it in a wide container..

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      1. re: chefj
        ipsedixit RE: chefj Oct 30, 2012 07:07 PM

        Wouldn't it be funny if it set in the thermos?

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        seamunky RE: seamunky Oct 30, 2012 07:57 PM

        Thank you. I was afraid that was the answer but I sure am glad I asked. I guess I will have to bring a portable stove to class and come in early.

        We'll be comparing jello with fresh pineapple and canned pineapple. And a plain one as a control of course. Strawberry, in case you're wondering. : )

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          TrishUntrapped RE: seamunky Oct 30, 2012 07:58 PM

          Lovely experiment! They are going to get a good lesson!

          1. re: seamunky
            Jacquilynne RE: seamunky Oct 31, 2012 11:20 AM

            I use an electric tea-kettle to boil water to make jello at home -- just offering that as a suggestion since it might seem slightly less odd than carrying in a portable stove.

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            Tara57 RE: seamunky Oct 31, 2012 04:28 PM

            I use Jello and gummy worms to make mock amber fossils with my class. I boil the water at home, mix in the Jello, then pour it into a big Thermos bottle. When we are ready to make the project, I add cold water to the Thermos. The Jello remains liquid until needed. If you don't have a big Thermos at this short notice, do you have a Crockpot or coffee maker to heat the water?

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