I tried homemade finger jello last week and the kids and I were all over it. Gelatin from pastured animals, normally found in stock made from boiling the bones, is so loaded with nutrients that it's considered a superfood. The gelatin used to make this homemade finger jello has the same nutrients! Mine ended up being thin in spots, only because I didn't have my pan laying perfectly even in the fridge. Otherwise, the amounts would've been perfect.
Learn more about gelatin here: The Gelatin Secret.
Homemade Finger Jello
Try using some orange juice for Valentine hearts (pictured).
- 6 cups organic apple juice or another kind of juice you like, if using concord grape juice, use 1 cup of water for part of the liquid or it's too strong. I also sometimes use pureed berries (after straining out the seeds), but you'll need to taste it to see if it needs a little sweetener like maple syrup, honey, or palm sugar. My latest batch was made with organic fruit punch and the juice of one big lemon — yumminess.
- 6 Tablespoons gelatin (<– That's my favorite brand: no MSG and it's from grass-fed cows! Tip: get a discount with the code KOP.)
For a 9×13 use these amounts:
- 4 cups juice
- 4 Tablespoons gelatin
In a medium saucepan, before turning the heat on, mix the gelatin into 1/2 cup of the cold juice, whisk until it's all dissolved and let set for 3 minutes or so. Whisk in the rest of the juice, and turn heat on low just to dissolve and mix it all together, don't boil. Pour into your pans. If you don't like the little bubbles that will develop on top, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set. Tip: first situate your pans in the fridge where they'll be setting up, and pour the gelatin in, otherwise it's tricky carrying a pan of liquid to the fridge from the counter without spilling it all over. Yeah, trust me on this.
Did you make a real food recipe?
- Want to try homemade gummies instead? Check out this recipe from my friend Heather or this one from my friend Cara. (Although I prefer this gelatin to the kind they recommend.) Here are gummy molds you could try!
- Here's a great cranberry gelatin for Thanksgiving — that stuff is addictive!