Jello for grown-ups

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Yes, I’m that girl that brought jello shots to the office party. But it’s not what you think! There was no red dye number anything, sugar, or cheap vodka, for that matter. Just plain grass-fed gelatin and a whole bottle of moscato. Oh, and some sliced strawberries studding the top. Not quite what you’d get at a cafeteria or a frat party, right?

But my love affair with gelatin doesn’t stop there. I’ve been making a batch of gelatin (sans alcohol) almost weekly to snack on. It’s tasty, super simple, and the options are endless. Plus, real, grass-fed gelatin is said to be good for your hair, skin, nails, bones, joints and digestion– it contains collagen. Some people even take it daily as a dietary supplement.

The formula for gelatins of all kinds is: 1 cup hot liquid + 1 cup cold liquid + 1 tablespoon of gelatin. I’ve used juices, tea, and the aforementioned sparkling, slightly sweet wine.

Here are some other tasty combinations I’ve tried:

  • 100% concord grape juice and nothing else
  • Strawberry apple juice + a little lemon juice + sliced strawberries
  • Peach mango nectar + silver needles white tea brewed double-strength + sliced strawberries

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Fruit juice gelatin
3 servings

2 cups juice of choice
1 T grass-fed gelatin
Sliced fruit or berries for topping (optional)

Pour 1 cup cold juice into a medium bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the top.

Heat the remaining 1 cup of juice in a small pot until steaming but not bubbling (do not let boil or even simmer). This will take about 5 minutes. Pour hot liquid into the bowl with the gelatin mixture and whisk well.

Pour into small jars or bowls and top with fruit, if desired. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours until well-chilled and set.

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