Introduction: Holiday Orange Wedges!

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Actually, these are good for anytime, but they go over big at parties, and with the holidays here, why not bring something that everybody raves about, but is really easy!

Step 1: Assemble Utensils and Food

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Obviously, you'll need some type of gelatin, oranges, and something to make the gelatin in. If I was smart, I'd be able to tell you how many oranges you'll be able to fill with one package of gelatin. It also depends on how big your oranges are. Normally, I make these for parties, so I just buy a whole bunch of oranges, and a whole bunch of gelatin. I've never had a problem with leftover gelatin! I used orange just for demonstration purposes, you can use any color you like. While we're talking about things you want to add, check out this website: http://www.myscienceproject.org/j-shot.html I don't recommend using the highest amount of booze you can use, as you want a little more structural integrity in your gelatin. Oh yeah, the one thing I forgot, a tray to put your oranges on, as you'll see why later.

Step 2: Orange Prep

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Cut your oranges in half, through the middle.

Step 3: Making the Molds

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Using a spoon, carefully scoop out the pulp of the oranges. If you're careful, you can get it all in one piece. Unfortunately, at my local grocery store, they only had navel oranges for sale individually. When I scooped out the pulp on the half with the "navel" it came with the pulp, rendering my mold useless. Oh yeah, now you gots lots of pulp.....Fruit salad time! You can now kick scurvy square in the nuts.

Step 4: Fill Your Molds

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If you're reading Instructables, you can make gelatin, so I'll spare you that. While you're boiling the water, get your molds ready. The way I normally do it is to dampen some paper towels, crumple them up a bit, and place them in a baking dish. Then I place the molds on the "stands" so they sit upright, and don't tip over. As soon as the gelatin is ready, fill them up as far as you can. The baking dish will catch the spills.

Step 5: Refrigerate and Wait

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Most gelatin needs around 4 hours to really set, and overnight wouldn't hurt at all. Especially if you've added your own antifreeze to them! Anyway, if you make a mess, clean it up, because your wife didn't spend all day yesterday cleaning up the kitchen and the refrigerator just so you could come in and make a mess for some stupid website you're always wasting your time on!

Step 6: Party Time!

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After your gelatin is good and set, it's time to cut them into wedges. Take your time here, patience is a virtue. Even if they're not perfect, they still look cool, so don't worry about that. The gelatin likes to stick to the knife if you're not careful, and it can pull away from the rind, so pay attention! Now, you might want to get fancy, and dip one side in sugar, but you can only do this immediately before serving, as sugar is hygroscopic, and it'll draw the moisture out of the gelatin, and make it melt. Enjoy! Here is another example of Jello wedges: https://www.instructables.com/id/Jello_Lemon_Wedges/

Comments

Althea MaeH (author)2015-12-24

must try this...

20kdk (author)2014-04-17

Wow awesome

baba87 (author)2010-08-23

really cool! this would be fun for the kids to get in their lunch box at school :)

bassclarinet23 (author)2010-01-08

Ha ha. This is awesome!

PKTraceur (author)2008-12-17

3 words... "Holiday Watermelon Wedges" I CLAIM ALL RIGHTS FOR THAT IDEA!!!

Arbitror (author)PKTraceur2009-08-13

It was already taken on Dec 3, 2008. 2:11 PM by ranm. Read the comments!

PKTraceur (author)Arbitror2009-08-14

Darn it! Well, HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN WEDGES! (Yuck...) -PKT

sambev (author)2009-08-03

I've made these twice and they disappeared instantly both times. I used cherry and lime gelatin, and they came out looking awesome. Thanks for the cool idea.

RisingSun (author)2009-05-07

You can spray the knife with pam before cutting to prevent the gelatin from sticking to it. : )

marine12320 (author)2009-02-25

Haha very creative! I didn't have any oranges, so i used grapefruits. I had no cherry or strawberry jello left, so i had to do with blue jello. They are cooling in the fridge right now, and i cant wait for them to come out!

paintchick (author)2009-02-21

I made these for a dinner party recently with a small change. I wanted to be able to eat the mold. I cut apple pears in half, hollowed them out with a melon scoop, put them in a muffin tin to support them and filled with orange jello. When they were gelled I cut them into wedges. They were super delish and didn't last long. The leftover pear insides went into the leftover jello in a bowl and became dessert for a later time. Yum. Thanks for a fun idea!

stephenniall (author)2009-01-29

Awesome Bye im going to make some now Seriously

=SMART= (author)2008-12-22

awesome im going to make this for christmas dinner !

Flumpkins (author)=SMART=2009-01-02

Dinner? LOL!!!

drlisamedel (author)2009-01-01

LOVE this idea! Totally awesome.

amadanj (author)2008-12-31

This was a great idea. I made these for christmas lunch for my mother in law. she loved them. I just cut the navel end out of the orange and scooped the orange pulp out with a knife and spoon. Then I inverted them in a glass and poured in the jello. Once it set, I sliced some into wedges and one I left whole and set it on the center of the plate.

porcupinemamma (author)2008-12-24

When i was a kid, i had to have some special ed. They worked a lot at getting my left hemisphere to connect with my right hemisphere. I couldn't even lift my right hand and left leg at the same time. You may see some strange questions from me in this group. I'm not trying to look daft- i just don't always get it. please be patient. I love coming to this site. thanks

porcupinemamma (author)2008-12-19

maybe someone already suggested this, and i haven't seen it. ..What would happen if you cut the orange in half, removed the pulp, filled each half with unset jello, put it in the fridge to set, and then cut it into quarters after it set, does anyone know if this would work??

That's what it says to do......

porcupinemamma (author)2008-12-23

o.k..so I'm "instruction challenged"-I admit it lol, my brain must have looked at the picture and translated it to say fill each quarter separately. I have spatial relationship problems actually-it's a brain thing. sorry

rattyrain (author)2008-12-19

That's what the instructions suggest.

aliceownsj00 (author)2008-12-03

Ah I love that haha I wonder what other kind of fruit you can use.

ranm (author)aliceownsj002008-12-03

How about a big melon! Whoa ;D Green and red, nice combo!

Arbitror (author)ranm2008-12-05

I don't think they have watermelon jello...
hmmm...
Strawberry!

porcupinemamma (author)Arbitror2008-12-19

I think....I may have seen watermellon jello, but I'm not sure. I'll check the JELLO site. This project looks pretty cool!

valhallas_end (author)Arbitror2008-12-06

watermelon is the most abundant flavor where I live - now I'm seriously tempted to try this...but you'd need a hacksaw to get through the frozen rind... but strawberry sounds good. for a serious challenge, try Blueberry or Cherry jellos :-P I don't know if they sell this anymore, but Oreo Jello used to be my favorite - can you imagine the possibilities?? those awesome Oreo pie crusts with Oreo jello...

Arbitror (author)valhallas_end2008-12-06

There is such thing as oreo jello, but its actually called oreo pudding, made by the company Jello...

valhallas_end (author)Arbitror2008-12-06

yeah we used to make it all the time (everyone I knew insisted on calling anything by Jello as jello....I guess pudding by Jello just didn't sit right with them). The stores around here stopped carrying it about 4 or 5 years ago though....I thought it died. By the way, I like the lemon wedges - I think I'll try making orange, lemon and (key) lime wedges for Christmas

volquete (author)ranm2008-12-05

wow, i might try that. after i try the oranges though! XP

KasChartreuse (author)2008-12-17

This is an awesome idea! it looks great too, and I can't even imagine all the possibilities! AH!

Browncoat (author)2008-12-06

What do you do if the navel comes out? Could use pics of your "stands."

badassjoke (author)Browncoat2008-12-10

yummy weadge

ehensel1 (author)Browncoat2008-12-10

If the navel comes out, that mold is useless. As far as stands go, I'm gonna start doing what SoapyHollow suggested, and just put down a layer of rice! Good luck!

Bloonie (author)2008-12-09

I am going to make this for my work Christmas party. So easy but looks great and I have the oranges in my backyard. They will love it and the children do love Jello. Thanks for this super Instructable.

lizamackenzie (author)2008-12-09

In the summer I make them the same way only i use half the water amount and make up the rest in vodka! (you can use less alcohol) and then put them in the freezer so they're super cold and a bit slushy they make great pinic coolers or great for parties but only have a couple as they do make you quite tipsy! Also if your feeling fancy - and super well prepared you can fill them half way with one colour say yellow, wait for that to set and then fill the rest with orange creating a stripey effect.

megmcfer37 (author)2008-12-08

Great idea!

Mikey D (author)2008-12-07

Awesome! I just found the next pot luck item for the book club. No shots tho, it's at the school!

SoapyHollow (author)2008-12-07

When I'm doing molds with a non-flat bottom, I find that a layer of rice (about 1/4 inch or so) works great for holding the molds stationary. This is a groovy idea and I love the execution! Gorgeous.

KentonLee25 (author)2008-12-06

instead of getting all the orange off, i left some fruit chunks inside, it was epic

Arbitror (author)2008-12-06

Check out my Jello Lemon Wedges!

AXHEJAZ (author)2008-12-05

GREAT IDEA THANKS MAN

nomij (author)2008-12-05

HA! Excellent Point! ;D

ehensel1 (author)2008-12-05

My wife made the suggestion this morning that if you'd like to dip them in sugar, decorating sugar might work better, as the crystals are bigger, which means less surface area touching the jello, and that way they won't melt as fast. Untested theory though, so ymmv.

noxvox (author)2008-12-04

i hate jello but this is fantastic. Finally a good use for wild oranges that are way to sour to eat!

Shadowmang (author)2008-12-04

Ah yes we use to do this at Christmas when I was a wee laddy :P

Arbitror (author)2008-12-04

This is an awesome idea! I am going to make this right away!
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Marble of Doom (author)2008-12-04

Those look so good! Great idea!

BobicusIX (author)2008-12-04

You do know that you could cut either cut next to or down the stem, fill it with the jello, and trim of the excess peel? I think ill try to make these for a christmas party.

Zetheros (author)2008-12-04

You could probably do this with watermelon too. Cut it in half, scoop out the fruit, pour in the jello. You'd have pretty large servings though unless you get a small watermelon.

Semilove (author)2008-12-04

You can actually use tape to hold the orange together, but I'd still use a bowl for leaks and you'd have to use a pretty sharp knife to cut through the cellophane for presentation.

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