Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Make your own Jello-type gelatin

This is an easy way to use up leftover juice, juice from canned fruits, or freshly-squeezed juice.

The basic recipe is 4 cups of liquid to 2 packets of gelatin broken up this way:
1/4 to 1/2 cups cold water
2 packets of unflavored gelatin (around here, all we have is Knox brand, found near the Jello brand)
3/4 to 1 1/2 cups boiling water
2-3 cups juice, any flavors EXCEPT FRESH or FROZEN pineapple or kiwi (it won't jell), canned is fine.
1/2 - 3/4 cups sugar (OPTIONAL)
Pieces of fruit as desired.

Put the cold water into a large bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Just let it sit there for 4-6 minutes to soften, then add the boiling water and you can add the sugar if you want/need it. (how sweet is your juice? Make it to the sweetness you like and don't worry about adding sugar to the boiling water.)
Stir the mixture until the gelatin is dissolved (you don't see any crystals in the liquid on your spoon. Let it cool down a bit and then add the juice. From this point on, treat it just like you would Jello. Add fruit to it after it is partially set. Put into single serving portions, leave it in the bowl or use it in a pie (graham cracker, gelatin - let it set up with or without fruit, top with Cool Whip, maybe some nuts).


Jack said...

I like this recipe very much! Thank you for sharing it! :)

Anonymous said...

we are going to try this recipe for a science experiment. We will let you know how it turns out. I am assuming you can color the gelatin any way you wish. thanks

Cee Cee James said...

I think a person could use any kind tea! Mixing hot tea with a the cold tea and sweeten to taste with natural sweeter.. maybe stevia!

Terry M Scott (AKA Terry Mann) said...

Thanks a bunch.
Terry @

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I make my own frozen pops w/boxed gelatin & have been wanting to find a way to make them w/fresh juice. Can not wait to try this!