Very Berry Gelatin is a quick, easy and affordable summer side dish or dessert that will impress your guests.
All You AUGUST 2005
Wash strawberries, pat dry, hull and halve (if they are large). Remove any stems from blueberries; rinse berries and pat dry. Rinse blackberries and pat dry. (Do not rinse raspberries.) Put berries in a large bowl. Toss gently and transfer to an 8-by-4- inch (2-quart) loaf pan.
Pour 1/2 cup juice in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin on top and let stand and soften for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, pour 1 1/2 cups juice into a large, heat-proof bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes at full power, until hot. Microwave softened gelatin at full power for 30 seconds to dissolve it. Stir gelatin into hot juice. Stir in remaining 2 cups room-temperature juice.
Gradually pour 3 cups juice-gelatin mixture over berries. Chill uncovered for 30 minutes to set. Drizzle remaining juice into mold (cover all berries) and chill for at least 2 1/2 hours, until firm.
To unmold, place pan in hot water for 10 seconds. Remove from water; invert an oblong platter over pan and flip. Gelatin should loosen. If it doesn't, return pan to hot water. Blot any liquid with a paper towel.
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