How to Remove Jell-O From a Mold

By LeafTV Contributor

Smooth, easy-to-make and able to set in nearly any shape, Jello-O is practically foolproof -- until you try to release it from its mold in the absence of a vacuum. When Jello-O sets in a typical gelatin mold -- those made of silicone and polymers -- it leaves no space for air; no air, no vacuum and nothing to break the seal holding the gelatin in. A little heat warms Jell-O just enough to release it from the mold without altering its shape.

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Step 1

Chill a plate or tray in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Press the Jell-O gently to check for firmness; it should spring back easily. If it doesn't, chill it in the refrigerator until it firms.

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Step 2

Fill a bowl or pan with enough warm water to reach to the top of the mold but not over it. Use a bowl for individual molds and a pan for tray-style molds.

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Step 3

Dip the exterior of the mold in the warm water for 10 seconds. Remove the mold form the water and shake it slightly.

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Step 4

Place the chilled plate on top of the mold. Invert the mold and the chilled plate -- one hand on top of the plate and the other under the mold -- and set them on the work surface. Gently pull the mold away from the gelatin.