Archive for the ‘Vintage Recipe’ Category

We’ve all heard about those vile vintage recipes that were all the rage in the 40’s and 50’s.  Most involve lots of gelatin and tub upon tub of mayonnaise.  I’ve decided to collect a variety of these vintage recipes and cook them up for a taste sensation like I’ve never experienced before.


Round 1:  Jellied Tomato Refresher

To me, this recipe doesn’t look so bad.  I’m a big fan of anything with tomatoes so this vintage recipe sounds like it might actually reference its name sake; refreshingly tasty.

Oh how wrong I was.



After adding all the ingredients and bringing to a boil, I poured it into a bowl and left it to set in the refrigerator for several hours.  As I see this slowly firm up in the fridge, I am fully ready to take a big spoonful of this refresher.  I must say it looks pretty darn good.   Finally the jelly is set and a big spoon is dipped in tomato jelly.  I place a full spoon in mouth expecting to taste pure joy.


Image stolen from the internet. 🙂


It basically tastes like jellied ketchup and not in a good way.  I was expecting something more along the lines of a jellied refreshing bloody mary.  Oh Hell No!  The texture is totally GROSS! How can something with tomatoes be this heinous?!

Want to experience it yourself?  You could follow the recipe like I did, but if you want the simplified version then basically take some ketchup, put it in a sauce pan with some gelatin.  Boil it, then let it firm up in the fridge.  Enjoy your Heinz Jello.

Jellied Tomato Refresher:
Notes: Perfect when you have houseguests that you secretly loathe.
Recommend Trying?  Only if you want to punish your taste buds
Rating: What were our grandparents even thinking about when they created this??  -2 out of 10.

What’s next?  Hollandaise Bananas with Ham…


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