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How To Fix Jello That Did Not Set Properly


Give It Some More Time

  • Although most Jell-O instructions will say that your Jell-O should be set in approximately two to four hours, it may take longer depending upon your Jell-O, as well as the temperature of the water used. Try letting your Jell-O sit for a little bit longer, in the refrigerator, and see if it will set in another couple of hours. Sometimes Jell-O may take up to 6 hours to fully set.

Chill Time May Vary

  • The amount of time it takes for your Jell-O to chill, and fully set may vary depending upon the shape of the mold do you are you at the end to set your Jell-O.

Remove the Fruit

  • Did you know that some fruit included in your Jell-O may actually prevent your Jell-O from setting up? If you are making Jell-O, and it has not been set as it should, try removing the fruit from your Jell-O. By removing the fruit, you may be removing the culprit, which prevents your Jell-O from reacting as it should.

Salvage It

  • To salvage your Jell-O that has not been mixed well enough, you can simply melt it back down, and mix it up again.

Re-do the Jello

  • The best way to re-do your Jell-O is to boil enough water for one more packet, then stir in your Jell-O packet. Mix for approximately two minutes, to be sure your gelatin is dissolved. You can then add your previous Jell-O attempt. Be sure to stir until combined.

Mix the Sugar with the Gelatin

  • If you are making Jell-O from scratch, instead of using a Jell-O brand name packet, you'll want to be sure to mix your sugar with the gelatin before adding your water.

Don't Freeze The Jello

  • Jell-O does not react as you might assume when frozen. Instead of speeding up the process of setting up your gelatin, it actually tends to result in a loss of elasticity, and you end up with melted, watery, soggy Jell-O.

Preparing Store-Bought Jello

  • To prepare store-bought Jell-O, you will begin by boiling your water, then once it is boiling add your Jell-O packet to a mixing bowl and cover with water. Stir the mixture until it is completely dissolved. This typically takes around two minutes of stirring time. Once dissolved, add cold water, stir to combine, then pour into your desired mold. Refrigerate uncovered for anywhere from 2 to 6 hours.