Can You Freeze Jello? Should You Do It?

Just like how appetizers start that show, desserts ultimately end and complete a meal course. One of the most popular and longest-standing desserts at every household table is Jello. A rich fruity-flavor dessert.

Jello has been very popular with children and adults alike. Even I enjoy taking a bite of this favorite dessert now and then.

However, at one time, a relative of mine asked me, “Can you freeze jello?”

And I was like, “Wait. I didn’t’ think about that?”

Can You Freeze Jello? Should You Do It?

I recently found the answer and decided to write this article to shed some light on this particular question.

But first things first:

What is a Jello?

Jello is a brand name owned by Kraft Foods. Today, the name is commonly used for marketing a broad range of desserts and snacks. It also refers to gelatin-based desserts with sweeteners, coloring, and fruit flavorings.

What is Jello

The dessert’s main constituent, gelatin, creates a network of unsecured bonds with other gelatin molecules to hold it together in place. The dessert is soft since the network is not that strong.

The gelatin’s collagen comes from boiling hides and bones of animals processed for their meat (typically cows and pigs). 

With Jello, there are so many ways you can enjoy its rich, fruity flavor. You can eat it as it is, tops it with whip cream, or add some fruits to further enhance its fruity flavor. You can either make one of your own or buy it in the grocery store.

Can Jello Go Bad?

Jello, like all foods, can go rancid. 

Because of its high sugar and water content, spoilage for this tasty treat is inevitable.

Can Jello go bad?

Storing Jello in the fridge would only extend its lifespan for the next 7 to 10 days. And opened Jello cups have a shorter lifespan due to the presence of fruits and will likely last for the next 2 to 3 days if refrigerated.

Pre-packaged and sealed cups, however, are a different matter. When stored at room temperature, these sealed jello cups can last for up to 4 months. You can put them in the fridge if you want and be safe to eat for a year.

How To Tell If Your Jello is Spoiled or Bad?

While we enjoy munching onto this sweet, fruity dessert, no one wants to taste spoiled food. 

How To Tell If Your Jello is Spoiled or Bad?

So, when identifying if your favorite Jello is already spoiled, the first sign you need to look out for is the pockets of watery liquid in the Jello. When you take a bite, if you tasted a bitter, sharp flavor instead of the sweetness and fruity flavor, then that’s the clearest sign of all.

Moreover, the formation of dark mold and light bacterial marks will start to show on its surface over time. This makes the Jello unsuitable for eating and can cause specific health risks if ingested. So, it is advisable and of common sense to throw spoiled foods away.

Can You Freeze Jello?

And because we all want to extend the shelf life of these tasty desserts, here now comes the highlight question of the day:

Can you freeze Jello?

The simple answer is YES, you can!

You Can Freeze Jello

But eating it afterward? It will never be the same again!

Jello is made up of gelatin that will not allow the dessert to harden like ice cubes.

Instead, freezing Jello would cause it to lose its texture since freezing can damage the network of gelatin molecules. Thawing them will separate and alter the appearance of the dessert as a whole.

The taste, however, is not affected by the freezing, so if you don’t’ mind the appearance of a supposedly squishy and gelatinous Jello looking like watery lumps of gels, then you can freeze it— but it’s’ still weird.

Also, it is important to know that freezing Jello does not help in extending its lifespan. Jello— refrigerated or frozen will still go stale after 7 to 10 days.

Proper Storage of Jello

So, how do you store Jello?

For preparation, Jello is advised to be covered in plastic wrap to prevent moisture and air spoiling it. Also, it is recommended to store it in an airtight container before you place it in the refrigerator.

For unopened Jello cups, it is recommended to be stored in the refrigerator. If you choose to store them in a cupboard, ensure that the temperature does not exceed 23 degrees C. Also, sealed cups should always be kept away from any heat or water sources.

For dry Jello mix, you need to keep it safe from moisture, heat, and light sources and store it at room temperature. Also, it should be tightly sealed to prevent contact with moisture. Packages of Jello mix don’t’ need to be refrigerated since it cannot extend the product’s lifespan.

For homemade Jello, keeping it fresh for a long time can be done by immediately storing it in the fridge. Make sure to store it in an airtight conditioner to keep out any moisture and other contaminants. You also need to make sure only to use clean and dry utensils when serving to avoid cross-contamination. 

Final Thoughts

So to answer the question “Can you freeze Jello?”— Most certainly yes, you can! But, should you do it? With all things considered, I do not recommend freezing Jello since it changes the adorable appearance and consistency of this favorite dessert. 

If I were you, I’d’ rather eat these tasty treats as soon as I get them and keep any leftovers in the refrigerator and consume them within 7 to 10 days.

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