|One of these things is not like the other.
This is something called whipped Jello. You take Jello let it set a while, and you whip it, then you let it set longer. It is not food.
A friend of mine asked about a statement I made about having been eating seasonally for a few years. We do, generally, eat our produce seasonally. That means that while I buy tofu and chicken and mustard and couscous and kidney beans year round, I only buy tomatoes when they're here. "Here" means that someone local (within a state or two) grew them and they're ready now.
|Sous Chef Brian's grandma used to make this, and so I said I'd give it a shot. Make strawberry jello as instructed (I had no idea how to make Jello) and let it set in the fridge for an hour.
Tomatoes are the best example of foods to eat seasonally, because supermarket tomatoes are flavorless and weird and fresh local tomatoes are amazing. There've been times when I've bought distantly-harvested asparagus in the winter, but I try not to. Generally, the produce that we eat is the produce that's available here, now.
There are real exclusions to this policy, too. We eat bananas, and they're never in season here. I bought a pineapple a few weeks ago. Some things just aren't Mid-Atlantic produce and I still buy them, but thats the exception, not the rule.
|Put the partially-set Jello into a mixer (or use beaters) and whip for 10 minutes until frighteningly pink and tripled in size.
|Put the whipped Jello into a mold (ok, a silicone baking pan) and refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight until it doesn't look liquidy when you tilt it.
|It's softer than Jello, easier to get onto a spoon. It's lighter, from all the air bubbles you've whipped into it, and it's sort of creamy.
Sure, I should make my own granola bars, and I do make my own crackers, but I can't make my own faux Honey Nut Cheerios.
|Note the color of the Jello vs the color of the berries. The Jello looks more orange, or salmon-colored here, but it's actually hot pink. Hot pink. It's cold and sweet and pretty refreshing on a hot day.