Homemade fruit juice gelatin is easy to make and nutritious. This “Apple Pie” gelatin is my husband’s favorite so far. I think it may be mine as well!
It’s this easy:
- Fruit Juice Gelatin: Dissolve some powdered gelatin (from a clean source) into warm juice.
- The Boxed Stuff: Dissolve sugar, chemical additives and powdered gelatin (from an unknown source) into warm water.
I use a powdered gelatin that is all-natural, hormone & antibiotic free: Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin, Kosher, 16-Ounce Can. They claim it is grass-fed. Don’t be scared off by the price. It comes in large containers and lasts forever. It can also be stirred into warm drinks as a quality protein supplement.
More Benefits of Gelatin:
I’ve already mentioned many benefits of gelatin in my post, The Virtues of Stock – how it strengthens joints, skin, nails, hair and digestion and promotes restful sleep.
Now I want to focus on the calming qualities of gelatin.
- The amino acids found in the muscle of the animal produce stress hormones in our bodies.
- The amino acids in gelatin (found in the the gelatinous tissue of the animal) are calming.
- Amazing how they compliment each other, isn’t it?
This article by Ray Peat, explains it more in depth. He is a PhD in Biology, professor and nutritional counselor. In his words:
When we eat animal proteins in the traditional ways (for example, eating fish head soup, as well as the muscles, or “head-cheese” as well as pork chops, and chicken-foot soup as well as drumsticks), we assimilate a large amount of glycine and gelatin. This whole-animal balance of amino acids supports all sorts of biological process, including a balanced growth of children’s tissues and organs.
When only the muscle meats are eaten, the amino acid balance entering our blood stream is the same as that produced by extreme stress, when cortisol excess causes our muscles to be broken down to provide energy and material for repair…
A generous supply of glycine/gelatin, against a balanced background of amino acids, has a great variety of antistress actions. Glycine is recognized as an “inhibitory” neurotransmitter, and promotes natural sleep. Used as a supplement, it has helped to promote recovery from strokes and seizures, and to improve learning and memory. But in every type of cell, it apparently has the same kind of quieting, protective antistress action.
“Jello” Flavor Ideas
- Cherry Lemonade (a blend of lemonade and 100% tart cherry juice)
- Apple Cherry (a blend of organic apple juice and cherry juice)
- Apple Blueberry
- Green Tea Lemonade (just substitute some of the juice with green tea and add extra honey)
- and now Apple Pie! (recipe below)
“Apple Pie” Fruit Juice Gelatin
Omit the spices and use your own blend of juices to create any flavor.
3 cups apple cider or freshly pressed juice
1/4 t cinnamon
a dash or two nutmeg (preferably freshly grated)
2 T gelatin
3T maple syrup or honey (optional)
toasted walnuts (optional, for topping)
- Heat one cup of the juice over medium heat until it is very hot (but not boiling). Take it off the heat and stir in the spices.
- Sprinkle the gelatin into the warm liquid and stir it in quickly. There will probably be some clumps that won’t dissolve. Take them out with a slotted spoon (or they will be as hard as plastic once your gelatin solidifies.)
- Pour the warm juice into the remaining juice and add sweetener. Stir until dissolved.
- Pour into a small pyrex, a bowl, ramekins – any container you want. Refrigerate about 4 hours, until solid.
Note 1: Even if you find most juices to be too sweet and dilute them like we do, fruit juice gelatin requires full-strength juice, and even added sweetener because it loses some of its sweetness as it gelatinizes.
Note 2: Before you refrigerate, you can put in some berries or chopped fruit (fresh or frozen).
Note 3: The amount of gelatin in this recipe makes a medium-firm gelatin. For a softer set, reduce gelatin to 1.5 T. For firmer, up to 3 T. The firmer the jello, the less sweet it tastes.
Shared on the Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter 10/3.