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

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

Cut your oranges in half, through the middle.

Step 3: Making the Molds

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

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

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!

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/

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    20kdk

    4 years ago

    Wow awesome

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    baba87

    8 years ago on Introduction

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

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    sambev

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    RisingSun

    9 years ago on Step 6

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

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    marine12320

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    paintchick

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    amadanj

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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

    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??

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    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