November 10, 2012

So much better than Jello

I love Jello. I'm an adult and I should know better. The artificial colors alone should put me off. But I do love it. Fortunately, as an adult I have discovered that it is very, very easy to make something equally delicious with many fewer chemicals. With just a few minutes of work and your favorite juice, you can make fruit gelatin.

Fruit Gelatin
(makes 4 Cups -- that's 8 half cup servings)

4 Cups of fruit juice
2 envelopes gelatin

Use a medium sized bowl. Measure 1 Cup of juice into it. Sprinkle both packages of gelatin into the bowl and let it sit.

While the gelatin is soaking, bring the other 3 Cups of juice just to a boil in a sauce pan.

Pour the hot juice into the bowl. Stir to combine and thoroughly dissolve the gelatin.

Pour the gelatin mixture into one large pan or several smaller serving dishes.

Chill for several hours.

Variations: Use your imagination and pick your favorite juices or blends. Today we enjoyed using a blend of apple, cranberry and pomegranate juice. It was a hit.

Optional fruit: Fruit can be added to the pan or serving dish before the gelatin mixture is poured in. Today we sliced in fresh strawberries. Frozen blueberries are also nice. If you have canned mandarin orange slices, those are nice too.

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