Pinterest is my favorite website for DIY, recipes and interesting things to recreate in my own way. I have to admit I have tried more than a few things from Pinterest. Recently I found a yummy looking recipe that did not turn out quite according to directions or the picture. It was an episode of a sitcom that I lovingly call “Jackie’s Krazy Kitchen,” a comedy of interesting proportions.
The lovely recipe I wanted to try was a strawberry margarita shot recipe to share at a gathering of women for a jewelry party at my house. It was a fiesta! The lovely centerpiece of my table was a tiered dish full of strawberries filled with tequila laced strawberry gelatin and a tiny lime slice. They were delicious and potent as expected. The unexpected part came when I was preparing the gelatin mix to pour into the hollowed strawberries. The recipe said it was to make 24 large strawberries and it did say the larger the better. My strawberries were medium to small but I had tons of them. Silly me, I thought I should double the recipe.
This is a great recipe, but I suggest only make the recipe as directed without halving or doubling. When I hollowed the strawberries, I must have went just a tad too far and there was a small hole here and there, which were not evident until the gelatin was set and some of the strawberries were empty. The leaked liquid gelatin pooled to the bottom of the container that I placed the liquid filled strawberries into to set.
In the end, I had gelatin-filled strawberries and empty strawberries, but everyone loved them and asked for the recipe.
Suggestions for making this recipe:
- Use the largest ripe strawberries you can find.
- Scoop the solid gelatin from the bottom of the container and fill the empty strawberries.
- Have a gelatin mold or container to pour the excess liquid gelatin.
I ended up with a pretty, red, tequila laced strawberry gelatin ring along with the strawberries. It was comical when I was pouring the liquid gelatin into the strawberries and suddenly realized I had more liquid than required. It is a time like this that our resourcefulness comes into play. There was no way I was pouring all that yummy strawberry tequila liquid down the drain.
My Pinterest experience was not a total disaster. Instead, I learned how to make the gelatin shots better and even how to make a very adult gelatin ring for a future fun time. It is my motto that there are no true mistakes just opportunities to create something new.
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