Can You Freeze Jello Shots? – Jello shots are a wonderful feature at parties. These are enjoyable to both make and eat, however, what happens if you make too many?
Do you find yourself with some extra jello shots? Are you thinking about what to do with them? You might consider putting them in the freezer.
It feels bad wasting any kind of drink or food, however squandering alcohol is just awful. Even if you are currently reading this in a drunken stupor, you probably know that you can not just throw them away in the trash. Are you thinking if you can just put Jello Shots in the freezer and forget about them?
The effect of freezing jello shots is unpredictable so it may take a little longer to freeze. Do some people think they can easily freeze jello shots? However, freezing jello shots is not as easy as one might expect. Below are things to consider before you freeze them.
How To Freeze Jello Shots
Most Jello shots are made in the same way as making normal jello, but with added alcohol. Trying to freeze jello shots after they had become solid in the refrigerator is difficult because alcohol only freezes at very low temperatures.
Kindly take note that gelatin is the main ingredient of jello. Unfortunately, gelatin does not freeze properly. Placing solid jello shots in the freezer, the gelatin will amplify and break the texture and form of the shot.
Freezing unsettles the chemical structure of gelatin which will make it crystallize and expand. Foods crystallize in the freezer, change their texture and generally ruin whatever you’re trying to make.
With gelatine, the crystallization alters the texture and flavor of the jello shots. However, there are two options to prevent ruining your jello shots in the freezer. One alternative is to use gelatine-free jello.
Depending on the kind of jello you use, you may be able to bypass the crystallization process, however, you still run into some complications as it is difficult to freeze alcohol.
The other alternative is to add fruit juice, Gatorade, or Kool-Aid, to the jello shots and freeze. Turning it like a slushie shot. Below is a delicious recipe for creating hybrid jello/slushie shots.
How To Defrost Jello Shots
Because of its gelatin content, freezing and defrosting jello shots is somewhat challenging and messy. It is somewhat difficult to properly “defrost” jello shots as they would not have adequately frozen in the first place. If you have frozen jello shots after they’ve already been refrigerated, then they can likely have an unpleasant texture when they are taken out of the freezer.
They will still be fine to eat however it would not be very enjoyable. If you decided to follow our jello/slushie shot recipe, then it is not necessary to defrost them. It is similar to a slushie, they taste great when they are cold and could go down in one just like a shot.
Factors To Consider Before Freezing Jello Shots
To freeze jello shots completely, you need to have a special fridge with a temperature lower than -143°F as this is the temperature necessary to freeze alcohol. This is the reason why you can keep alcohol like whiskey in the freezer as it will be super cold but not solid.
The majority of home freezers are about -20°F, so even your home freezers may have trouble with this. Unless you got a super freezer, having just an ordinary freezer that cold is pretty impossible. For this reason, you won’t be able to freeze jello shots completely solid like an ice cube.
If you are making jello shots before a party and are concerned they won’t be eaten and will be wasted, you need not worry. Jello shots are not difficult to make, You can always make more during your party if you’re running low.
Restocking the jello shots may not be your main focus during a party. However, if it is, make around 2 for every person you think will show. Then, if your stocks start to run low, you can always make more for later.
How To Make Frozen Jello Shots
Freezing solid jello shots won’t work as well as you might expect, there is another alternative. Are you reading this on a super hot day when a lukewarm jello shot isn’t looking appealing? Are you wondering how to make a frozen version? Below is a recipe for something a little different.
- 3oz jello
- 1 cup of your chosen liquor
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup Gatorade/Kool-Aid/Juice
There is no need for you to worry too much about the measurements. They are easy to change and adjust to your preference.
1. Simply leave the liquor in the freezer until it is super cold.
2. While the liquor is in the freezer, mix the hot water, jello mix, and Gatorade/Kool-Aid/juice until the gelatin dissolves.
3. Then, take the liquor out of the freezer and add it to the jello and water mix.
4. After carefully mixing it, pour the mixture into plastic shot glasses or plastic tubs.
5. Then put them in the freezer.
This is a wonderful way of making very cold jello shots. They are great for a party on a hot summer’s day. A great number of alcoholic drinks are at their best when chilled and there is nothing worse than a warm drink at a party, especially on a hot day.
Freezing jello shots does take some trial and effort but that’s better than wasting the jello shots. Since you know how can you freeze jello shots, there is no need to worry about what to do with your leftovers. Simply freeze the jello shots and enjoy eating them later.
So, overall, you can (kind of) freeze jello shots, however, not in the way that you might hope. You can simply try a few of the tips and tricks mentioned above, but the best alternative is to keep them refrigerated. Or simply just enjoy eating them!
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