One of my new favorite ingredients/supplements to always keep in the kitchen is high quality (grass-fed) gelatin. Besides being a great source of pure protein, I also love that it has many other heath benefits that pretty much make it an awesome superfood! To read more about the health benefits and creative ways to incorporate more gelatin into your diet, I highly recommend you check out these awesome articles from the Wellness Mama:
I have yet to try some of the cool ways to use gelatin as shown in the first article, but my absolute favorite that is now a staple in my house is using gelatin for homemade jello. I like to experiment with using different fresh-squeezed juices and herbal teas.
Listed below is the 'template' that I use to make a large batch of jello that sets in a 13x9 pan, and I make it thick enough to easily cut out into squares. Feel free to use whatever tea or fruit juice that you'd like!
I also want to note that the brand of the gelatin you use is very important! You want to make sure that it is sourced from grass-fed, humanely raised animals, which is not typically the kind that you find in your average grocery store (such as the popular Knox brand). The gelatin I buy is from Great Lakes, and you want to look for the containers that are red or orange, as the green container is a different type of gelatin that does not gel when mixed with liquids. You can find all types of gelatin on Amazon or at health food stores like Whole Foods, but I typically buy mine from Vitacost as it is often on sale and I can usually find a coupon code to make the cost even lower! If you are new to Vitacost, feel free to use my referral link (https://www.vitacostrewards.com/hs8JlOw) for $10 off your first purchase of $30 or more!
- 5.5 cups of filtered water (or you may also use any juice of your choice), divided
- 7-8 herbal tea bags
- 8 tbsp Gelatin (or less if you don't want it very thick)
- Juice of 1 lemon (optional - I use this for mine as I find that it intensifies the flavor of whatever tea I'm using)
- Optional - Sweetener to taste (stevia or raw honey is ideal)
- Bring 4.5 cups of water to a soft boil (about 180 degrees). Add tea bags and steep for 5-6 minutes or until desired.
- While the tea is steeping, add the remaining 1 cup of water to a separate bowl, and whisk in the gelatin one tablespoon at a time using a fork. The mixture should become very thick and gelatinous but free of lumps.
- Once the tea is done (but still hot), remove the tea bags and immediately add the gelatin mixture, lemon juice, and sweetener (if using) and stir until all is well incorporated and any lumps have dissolved.
- Pour into a 13x9 inch pan, or silicone molds of your choice, and place in the fridge to set. I find that the texture is best for cutting once I refrigerate overnight or about 6-8 hours.
Make sure to avoid adding gelatin to liquids such as *fresh* kiwi, papaya, pineapple, peaches, manga, guava, and fig - as these fruits contain enzymes that prevent the thickening properties of gelatin.