Vintage Gelatin Mold Pans Southerners Will Never Retire
In the South, just flipping through old family recipe boxes and community cookbooks will tell you one thing for certain: There’s almost nothing that a Southern cook can’t congeal. Sure, citrus-flavored molds and classic tomato aspics are to be expected. These will never go out of style. But ingredients like shrimp, ham, and avocado? At times, we wish we could unsee the things we’ve seen. Nonetheless, these congealed salads are a Southern essential.While Mama might still house all of her beloved gelatin mold pans—of which she knows all the shapes and names—in her kitchen, we’re in need of a directory. (After all, it’s quite en vogue to hang vintage mold pans as wall art, like fine china.) From classic fluted to fancy scalloped to adorable miniatures, these jello mold pans are begging to grace your holiday table this year.
Curved Ridge Pan
Fluted Swirl Pan
Classic Fluted Pan
Mini Ridged Bundts
Ridged Ring Mold
Buy It: Nordic Ware Square Bundt, $38; williams-sonoma.com
Something about the combination of sharp edges with that come-hither jiggle of a gelatin salad feels right. This square-shaped mold agrees.
Scalloped Edge Mold
Buy It: Loaf Pan, $7.99; amazon.com
When Mama needed a no-nonsense mold, this did the trick. Simple and compact, a rectangular mold might be the easiest to transport.
Mini Pie Pan
Buy It: Nordic Ware Solera Mold, $31; amazon.com
Put a sunny spin on your citrus-flavored gelatin salads. This Art Deco-inspired mold feels quite refined.
Ladyfinger Ring Mold
Buy It: Tupperware Jel Ring Jello Mold, $21.99; amazon.com
Perhaps more suited for an ice cream cake, this retro mold gives ladyfinger-like ridges on both the outside and inside. Because just one or the other would look silly, right?