Homemade Jello

During the summer I often freeze quart jars of raspberry,currant and grape juice from the fruits of my garden.

I then have a selection of flavors on hand to make homemade jello or fruit gelatin throughout the rest of the year.

If you have not tried making your own jello,please do. I cannot adequately describe how delicious it is! Full of fresh flavor and color and quite different from the commercial kind.

The process for making the fruit juice is the same as getting juice ready for making jelly.

I put the freshly picked fruit into a large stock pot, add about 2 quarts of water and bring it all to a boil. I let it simmer until the fruit is very soft. I then strain the fruit pulp from the juice.

I used to put all the fruit and liquid in a bag (an old pillowcase comes to mind) and hang it up to drain into another pot. But now, I line a large strainer with the cheesecloth and set it all on a pot and let that drain. It doesn’t take nearly as long as putting all the berries in a bag and doesn’t waste as much.

It is a good idea to wet and wring out the cheesecloth before lining the strainer.

My Homemade Jello Recipe

I put 1/3 of a cup of juice in a large glass measuring cup and add 1 packet of gelatin (I use Knox Gelatin) and stir it around until the gelatin is dissolved.

Put into the microwave for 2 minutes and let it come to a boil.

If the juice is too tart I add about 1/4 cup sugar or 1/8 tsp of stevia before I set it in the microwave.

Take out of the microwave, add enough cold juice to make 2 cups and then stir it well.

Pour into four parfait glasses or other containers,put the tops on and set in the refrigerator to jell.

I have some plastic parfait glasses that originally came from Tupperware.They are perfect for this because they have tops that fit tightly and they do not spill when they are in the refrigerator.

If you would like to try homemade jello and do not have juice from your own garden, you can easily make it by using bottled fruit juice or frozen juices.

Start with 1/3 Cup of bottled juice and proceed as above, only adding more bottled juice after heating in the microwave.

Make new flavors by mixing juices.

Try heating 1 cup of cranberry juice with 1 package of gelatin. Add half frozen orange juice concentrate and half water to equal the 2 cups after heating.

Cranberry-Orange,Peach-Mango,Apple-Cranberry.....are all good.

Don't forget to add a dollop of whipped cream!

Give homemade jello a try.....it is delicious!

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