Homemade Jello

5:11 AM

The past year or so I have really began to notice how much prepackaged food that we have at home.  When I would imagine making things homemade, things like breads and cupcakes would always come to mind, but I really felt adventurous a few months ago when I first attempted things like crackers or granola bars.  I know, I know...I've been stuck in this world of convenience and almost didn't realize that once upon a time people would make everything from scratch, and while I will probably never be able to live off the land and be totally self sufficient, trying new things is definitely fun (at least for me!).

As we were walking through the commissary the other day, Thing Two was begging for every box of Jello he saw, which is funny because I hardly ever buy the stuff.  Ever.  I told him no since I'm trying to keep him away from artificial food coloring, but I kept in mind that I had a box of unflavored gelatin at home for some random dessert I made eons ago.

Did you know that homemade Jello is super duper easy? I mean, really easy (unless you really want to go all out and make it completely from scratch, but I promise that won't be something I'll try anytime soon).  I googled around to see if there was any special trick to it, and site after site I clicked on pretty much said the same thing, but I liked this site since it was the most descriptive.  The turnout? It was great!  I used Berry Juicy Juice (my favorite!) and we all really liked it.  I love the fact that we can make our Jello any flavor we want, and even mix and match juices for whatever flavor combination we want. And the best part? Its 1000% better for you!  I will definitely start keeping gelatin on hand at all times at home for a healthy treat :)

Homemade Jello
Yields 4 (1/2 cup) servings

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 cups 100% juice, divided (1 cup cold)
1 tablespoon lemon juice or frozen orange juice concentrate (optional; especially if using strong flavored juice)

1.  Combine one cup of juice and gelatin in a small sauce pan and heat until almost boiling.  Remove from heat and add one cup of cold juice and lemon juice/orange juice concentrate (optional).

2.  Divide into serving cups and chill until set, about 4 hours.


*When partially set, fold in fresh or drained canned fruits as desired.  If using fresh unsweetened fruits and tart juice, add 2-4 tablespoons sugar to hot gelatin mixture.
*When partially set, fold in 1 cup whipped cream or cottage cheese.

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