Throwback of the House: The Pickle Stretcher Salad Is Not Funny
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Oh, the hilarity of the Pickle Stretcher Salad recipe in 1969's Salads Cookbook! Over 500 salad recipes, and not a one contains fresh vegetables!
That's an exaggeration. I'm sure some of the recipes are more in line with the fresh vegetable concoctions that mean "salad" to us. There's a lot more gelatin than produce in this book, though. Jell-O's official website claims that congealed salads became popular around 1930. Gelatin's relatively cheap, and even though it's not brimming with nutritional goodness, it can make a little bit of food go further during depressed economic times.
If you're in such bad financial shape that you need to make pickles go further, you probably shouldn't be spending your time making fancy gelatin molds.
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I went to two stores and couldn't find lemon Jell-O. I think it's getting the pseudoephedrine treatment, being kept behind the counter not because it's inherently bad, but because very bad things can be made from it.
I substituted lime, which Jell-O created just for congealed salads.
From now on, when penis-enlargement-based humor enters my radar, the flavor of this salad will pour from my memory as punishment. This salad has sucked the joy from my life.
Robin Wheeler writes the blog Poppy Mom. After years of making and eating fancy food, Robin is sick of it all. She's returning to the basics: recipes that haven't surfaced in three decades. She reports on the results for Gut Check every Tuesday.