A great choice for a Jello Fruit Salad Recipe for a Crowd!
If you are looking for a recipe for a "big bunch", for a Special Occasion such as a Wedding, Thanksgiving, Easter, or Christmas Party, or any other occasion, this is a very quick and easy recipe to use!
My daughter made this for a bridal shower /party for about 30 guests, and it turned out amazing!
This is a great recipe idea because you can make this fruit salad a day in advance, and store it in the fridge ... and not need to worry about it JUST before the start of the event!
Need a recipe for a larger group than 30? No problem just make multiple batches of this recipe in separate containers.
7 pkgs. (85 gr., each) strawberry flavoured gelatin (Example: "Jello")
2 large cans (28 oz., each) fruit cocktail, in fruit juice
6 oz. fresh red raspberries
8 oz. fresh strawberries
5 cups boiling water
4 cups cold water
Note - Prepare the fruit salad in the same bowl you will be serving it out of, or placing on a serving table.
Hint - Dollar Stores often sell very inexpensive, very large bowls that are great bowls to use for this type of large salad ... especially if you are making more than one recipe for a Special Event.
Drain the fruit cocktail, and discard the juice.
Gently rinse the strawberries and the raspberries, and slice the strawberries. Set aside in the refrigerator.
Prepare the Jello:
Empty the contents of all 7 Jello packages into the large bowl.
Add 4 cups of boiling water to the Jello crystals and stir well for about 2 minutes.
Add 5 cups of cold water to the above mixture, and stir for another 2 minutes, until all the Jello is dissolved and well stirred through. (If you do not stir long enough, the Jello will not set properly.)
Immediately refrigerate the Jello mixture. Leave a wooden spoon in the Jello (for checking), and check every 15 minutes to see if the Jello is beginning to set (thicken slightly). This stage is crucial, so continue to check!
When the Jello begins to set, (this may take about 1 - 1 1/2 hours), remove bowl of Jello from the fridge, and gently, using the wooden spoon, stir in the all the prepared fruit, just until combined, DO NOT over mix.)
Immediately return the Fruit Salad to the fridge, and allow it to set completely. This may take about 5 - 6 hours or more, or leave overnight.
Store the Fruit Salad in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Serves approximately 30 people.
Tip: Do not add the fruit to the gelatin (Jello) before it is partially set, or else the fruit will float to the top, and not be evenly distributed throughout the Jello Salad.
Also, do not use fresh pineapple or fresh kiwi in a Jello Fruit Salad because the enzymes in these fruits will prevent the Jello from setting well.
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