Friday, May 20, 2011

Jello Jigglers and a Clean Microwave

Years ago, my friend Becky was helping at my house after I had one of my babies.  She used a bowl of boiling water to clean my microwave and I was impressed how easy it was! I've adapted this trick to do two things at once and make one of my children's favorite after school treats at the same time.

Meet my microwave.  Its name is The Genius and it holds a special place in my Retro Appliances line-up.  This is the only before photo, because if you think I'm going to show you the inside of my dirty microwave, you're crazy.  Let's just say, it was high time to clean it. First, make the jigglers:

Jello Jigglers
3 c. water
2 large pkg. Jello, any flavor

Pour the water into a microwave safe bowl, and micro-cook for 6 min. Take the boiling water out and stir in the Jello until it is all dissolved.  Pour into a 9x13 which has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Place in the fridge until firm, about 2 hours.  Cut into desired shapes.  We are boring most times and ours are square, but you can get out the cookie cutters and let your kids help make them fun.

Clean the microwave:  After you put your jigglers in the fridge, remove the turn table from the microwave and set it in the sink.  Use a wet cloth and wipe out the microwave.  All the cooked on bits will wipe right off after the softening effect of the boiling water.  Wipe and rinse the turn table and return it to the microwave, and your done. 

Notes:  The original jigglers recipe calls for 2 1/2 c. water.  We are boiling a bit of that off, but I've also found that this much jello will still make nice jigglers with 3 cups.  My microwave is 1100 watts.  You may have to adjust cooking time.

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