Jello is perhaps the most cherished and famous dessert on earth. It is a wiggly and flavorful sweet. Its wiggle and softness are because of the presence of gelatin in it. It can be combined with any dessert to give the dessert a perfect look. It also can be eaten separately, but it goes best when mixed with other desserts, e.g., custard, ice cream, etc.
Powdered jello rarely goes bad. While prepared jello goes bad when placed in the refrigerator over time. So it is best to eat your yummy jello within a week; otherwise, your jello may go bad. Its shelf life completely depends on its storing conditions.
How to store Jello?
Jello is a dessert that we can hardly resist. It can be in powdered or prepared form. Both of its forms have quite a long shelf life. Just make sure to store it in perfect conditions. Jello can be stored in many ways. You can follow apt measures in order to store jello.
In your pantry
The powdered, i.e., unprepared jello, can be stored in your pantry for as much time as you want. You can surely buy a bulk of jello if you want and store them in your pantry for later use. And believe me; the packets of jello will not go bad until and unless they meet unfavorable conditions.
The things you have to make sure are that they are kept in a dry and cool spot. Otherwise, the jello may go bad. Moisture makes the jello catch mold very quickly, so we have to be careful.
Away from sunlight
Jello should be stored away from sunlight, whether it is in powdered or prepared form. Homemade jello goes bad while in contact with sunlight because the gelatin melts at high temperatures. That makes the jello spoil quickly.
While powdered jello goes bad due to sunlight because the sunlight makes clusters of the powder form. Sometimes the jello powder loses its color too because of sunlight.
In the refrigerator
When it comes to the prepared form of jello, the best place to store it is in the refrigerator. The refrigerator keeps your yummy, jiggly jello cool and soft. Jello does not go bad in the refrigerator for days.
Just make sure that the jello is stored in an airtight container. Also, there should be no strong odor dishes placed nearby the jello; otherwise, the jello may get their taste.
Can we freeze Jello?
Freezing jello is not recommended at all. As by freezing, the jiggle of the jello disappears. The water inside the jello forms crystals, and similarly, the jello loses its texture. Eating frozen jello is not bad for you. The thing is that you will not relish the jiggle, taste, and softness of jello anymore.
You can put the jello in the freezer if you are in an emergency and are late enough to serve it. But remember, you can put your jello in the freezer just for some hours.
How long does Jello last?
Jello can be in any form, i.e., dry or prepared. The shelf life of both powdered and prepared varies. When jello is stored in absolute conditions, it can last for years. So store it in the best conditions; otherwise, the jello may go bad.
Dry jello has a prolonged shelf life. If it is kept in a safe place, it can last for years, i.e., 3 to 4years, even after its expiry date. But if it is kept in a humid or hot place, it can go bad. In contrast, the homemade jello can last for 5 to 6 days in the refrigerator. After that, the texture of jello turns watery. Homemade jello cannot be placed at room temperature.
There is also a type of jello that is in a prepared form in markets. This type can last till its expiration date. You can store it in a refrigerator for years.
How to tell if Jello is bad?
Regardless of its long timespan, jello can go bad. It can’t last forever. It’s good to know when it should be tossed out because bad jello isn’t good for your health as it causes food poisoning.
- If you recognize any of the accompanying symptoms, the Jello might be awful and should be wasted:
- If the jello is kept in the refrigerator for so long that it turns watery, you should throw it away as it is not good as before.
- If you see mold on jello, then it is unsafe to consume, so waste it.
- Lastly, if you smell a bad odor or it tastes gross, i.e., other than its real flavor, throw it away.
- The signs of powdered jello going bad are discolorations. If you see any discoloration in the powder, then it is high time to throw it.
- Also, if there are clumps of powder inside the packet, then the product might have expired.