I enjoy making homemade gelatin, especially if my younger sisters help me.
~It’s a great activity for busy children who want something to do
~It’s healthier than the store-bought commercial Jell-O mixes
~It has lots of protein in it
Homemade gelatin is fun and easy to make-and easy to devour! Ruby and Laurel always eat their gelatin faster than their pizza, even though pizza is one of their top 10 favorite foods. Laurel especially enjoys ladling the gelatin mixture into the jello mold or pan.
Here’s the recipe: (this fruit juice jello recipe makes a 9×13 cassorole pan about half full. I am using apple juice for this).
~2 cups fruit juice or lemonade (you can use any juice except for pineapple juice, as pineapple has an enzyme in it that prevents it from gelling unless boiled for a certain amount of time.)
~2 cups water
~2 Tablespoons dry, unsweetened beef gelatin powder (add 3-4 Tablespoons if you are using a gelatin mold. The less gelatin powder, the floppier the gelatin).
1. Pour the cool fruit juice into a bowl, and then sprinkle the beef gelatin powder over the juice. Let soften for 3-5 minutes. Even if the package says that you don’t need to, you should. I have found it very helpful in keeping the gelatin smooth.
2. Pour the water into a pot. Put the pot on the stovetop and bring the water to a boil.
3. When gelatin has softened, mix it into the juice thoroughly-so that it dissolves.
4. After the water has cooled for 1-2 minutes, mix the hot water and gelatin-juice together, and ladle the mixture into a 9×13 cassorole pan.
For fun variations, you can put it into a jello mold (or two), or clear glass cups, or, you can even put fruit into the gelatin if you’d like!
5. Let cool to room temperature (approx. 1 hour).
You may want to partially cover, if there is any danger of things falling into it.
(If you do it this way, you can’t shake it-or move it-because the cloth may fall in and soak up some of your jello.)
6. When gelatin is cooled to room temperature, put it into the refrigerator until it’s ‘jelly’ (about 8 hours or overnight). Enjoy!
Be creative! Add fresh fruit! Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes! Think of unique ways of setting the jello!
Types of jello that we’ve made include: Peppermint tea flavor (what an interesting and yummy way to use tea!) Apple juice flavor, Apple juice flavor with banana slices set into it (It tasted like apple juice flavored jello with a hint of banana.) Orange juice flavor (It tastes best without pulp), and Lemonade flavor (that might sound a bit odd, but it did taste like lemonade! A good treat for hard workers on hot summer days.)
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