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4/3/11 11:53 P

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Thanks for letting me know how it turned out. I'm so glad it worked for you. Yes, I did forget about the large chunks of ice not melting so fast. Now you are all ready for the next time!! Putting the jello in the aluminum pans was also a good idea. Who would have thought of that except you!! LoL

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4/3/11 10:22 P

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it worked out incredibly well. I got 2 loaf pans and one 9x13 baking pan and filled them 2/3 full of water, froze them, and put them in the bottom of the cooler. I also got some bottles of frozen water we had in the freezer and put them on top of that.

then i got an aluminum pan (cheap ones) and put the jello in that. i also had some of those lunchbag freezer packs and put them around the edge of the cooler and on top of the jello--they all stayed really good and cold all day. I forgot that the larger the ice, the harder it is to melt--after 13 hours in a cooler, the slabs at the bottom were about 90% intact. worked incredibly well.

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3/30/11 9:49 P

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You have a really good plan. Good luck and have fun!





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spent all my money on the jello.

well, I did remember something on the way home as far as an idea--I could take some baking pans and put water in them and freeze them good the next couple of days. then I could put the baggies on an aluminum tray right on top of those ice slabs and keep the jello good and cold without getting them all wet. well, for the most part, anyway--I'd probably go ahead and add more ice or cold-stuff up top to help. but i know those slabs will take quite some time to melt if they're so big and solid like that, and less water to risk getting in the baggies.

I used a trick like this to keep my jello-cake cold when I went to my friend's house for christmas. the ladies in the bakery told me when taking a cold cake somewhere else to get a baking pan and freeze water in it overnight (or longer), then place the cake and its serving pan on top of it and cover the whole thing good with aluminum foil. that would help insulate it and keep it cold from the bottom up. granted, jello cakes have less water in the jello, so not as much a melting issue there, but it worked out.

as far as my jello baggies, I'm working on those tonight (I wanna spend tomorrow on drawing and painting the decorations for our booth, tomorrow and friday after school and a birthday party if I can help it).

I decided to make each flavor one at a time seperately, but all the boxes of the same flavor to get it over with. make jello like normal in a typical container and put it in the fridge for 20 minutes. when its cooled enough that I know it won't create excess condensation in the baggies, i parceled out 1/2 cup of liquid in each baggie and got rid of some of the air for space and liquid movement concerns. I hope it turns out fine like this.

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3/30/11 2:04 P

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I'm glad you were able to get everything clairified and you can go ahead with your idea. I think it's a great idea.

We go camping a lot and I have sheets of ice. They are plastic sheets with little pillows of water, I freeze them and put them in the cooler. I've had them a very long time, so I don't remember where I purchased them. But, you might want to try a camping supply store.

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3/30/11 11:23 A

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Well, this is certainly good news that you can do your jello to use for prizes. You have your work cut out for you. I hope you have a lot of help.

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actually, I got it clarified today--I can bring jello as long as its not just being given away (after all the focus is on the chili and cooks' choice items, not other foods to fill everybody else up with instead). I can bring it if we make it part of a fundraiser and/or prize giveaway to those who win a game/dunk the professor in the tank.

whoo hoo! now i need to check out one of my gargantuan coolers and see how big it is inside there...and if i can put anything in there. but that's for after work today...ugh, i need to get to sleep. I'm just so excited trying to draw zombies and planning my jello-making time!

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3/29/11 1:14 P

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That sucks that you can't do jello. Is it the Health Dept that shut you down? I dealt with them for years running my mobile catering truck and I thought I knew all their rules. I cannot see where jello could ruin someone's appetite. Myself, I think the 'bag o' brainsis a great idea.'

Better luck next time!

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3/28/11 10:53 P

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well we got answers about rules and regs, and maybe we didn't have things worded right when we asked, but it seems I can't bring jello. There're other food vendors and they don't "recommend" we give other food away than the chili and cook's choice items (as though jello will steal appetites or something). I was hoping to use it as a bit of a fundraiser or prize for the games, but oh well.

it stinks--"bag o' brains" felt like an awesome idea, seeing as we're the Zombie team and all that--it'd have been pretty cool, pun possibly intended.

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3/28/11 2:02 P

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Another thought:

Does your cooler have a drain hole on the bottom side? You don't want the jello bags swimming in the water and possibly getting water in the jello.

I have some handy cooling pads that you soak in water and freeze and put over the top of foods in a cooler instead of ice. Called TECHNI ICE and supposedly keep foods cold for three days. Don't know where to get them because I got them at the county fair. They are reusable so maybe you can find them on line? When do you need to do your BBQ?

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3/28/11 12:39 A

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they'd probably be in there a good 12 hours, that's the concern. hmm...

1 hour to prep in bags and put in ice
1 hour drive
4 hours setup
4 hours cookoff (and dispersal)
2 hours max cleanup (and more dispersal? hee hee)
1 hour drive home

yup--pretty close. If i'm lucky I'll get rid of them all within the first 10 hours of this odyssey and not have to worry about any more (I bought 20 3oz boxes of Jello--it'll make a heckuva lot of baggies in several different flavors--a couple boxes of sugar free too [brownie points for my fave history teachers? i won't argue...hee hee])

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3/27/11 11:14 P

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Hmmmmmmmm I think you could put the bulk of the ice on the bottom and then place your 'brains' on top and then cover them with a towel or something and then carefully pour ice cubes over the top. How long do you plan on keeping them in the cooler? I think as long as it stays under 40 degrees inside the cooler, it should be all right. I have never transported jello in a cooler.

Good luck!!

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Hey howdy there!

I had an idea for a weekend event that involves individual servings of jello (homemade, not shelf-stable). problem is its a chili cookoff outdoors and I can't keep it in the fridge. there're a few things I'd love advice/clarification on:

1. how long can you keep jello in the fridge before it starts to get all melty and watery? been a while since i made it.

2. I'm putting the jello into individual serving baggies ("bag o' brains"--its a zombie thing), what's a good way to keep them cold enough to prevent them from melting, i mean, is an ice chest full of ice underneath the jello enough? would I have to put some on top, too (worried about puncturing bags with that jagged store ice)?

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