July 28th, 2008, by Ben
I stumbled upon a useful bit of knowledge today. Since many of you, like me, are not professionally trained in the language of recipese, I thought I should share.
When a recipe calls for “1 ¼-oz. unflavored gelatin”, this means to use one packet, a quarter-ounce in size (the standard size dry packet). It does NOT mean to use 1¼ OUNCES (a whole box) of gelatin. Of sticky, gooey, solid-as-a-jiggly-rock-when-you-use-five-times-the-recommended-amount gelatin.
And that’s all I have to say about that.
PS: Also, should you happen to make that (very understandable, and natural, and possibly even commendable) mistake, I'd recommend that you detach the whisk and throw out the concoction (whole, as a single piece of... whatever it is) instead of trying to flush it down the drain. I would imagine (imagine! no direct experience!) that the drain would resist.
PPS: Also recommended is waiting for your spouse to be away for the day when trying new recipes, especially those with poorly thought-out typographic conventions. And have extra Liquid Plumr on hand at all times.