So those got tossed.
Once I got my pan back in working condition (see the end of the post for details) I decided to try again with a fruit juice, in case the consistency was the issue.
I could tell when I poured the liquid into the pan that it wasn't as thick as the strawberry mixture had been, but I went ahead and let it cool, then chill, and then tried to cut it up. I could barely peel it off the parchment paper; the end result was so maleable that it wouldn't keep it's shape at all. At this point I said "I'm done" and decided not to try again. At least not in the immediate future. I'm sure I'll give it another go at some point, but for now I'll stick to picking some up at the store when I need a fruit jelly fix.
Things I learned from this project:
- Don't use saran wrap. It's just a pain to peel off the pate. Parchment paper is definitely the way to go.
- When a stainless steel pot gets scalded, you can clean it up by boiling equal parts baking soda and water (just enough to cover the bottom, 2-4 T of each is usually enough) with the lid on, then letting it sit for a few hours and scrubbing it off with a regular kitchen sponge or chipping it off with a non-sharp edge. I used the edge on a dish cleaning brush and a butter knife. When that doesn't get everything off, letting it sit with a thick paste of Bar Keeper's Friend and water will help. If that doesn't work, there's no hope. Just give up and buy a new pot.