8/6/13

Cooking out of the Box: Jell-O

We once went to a party where there was a Jell-O contest. My husband decided since he can't cook, he would go for the worst Jell-O ever! I am pretty sure he succeeded. His invention was Tuna Salad Jello. Plain gelatin, swimming with tuna in it's own juices and topped with mayo, served delicately on a bed of lettuce. I have not eaten Jell-O since! But in doing some research, I have found just how nutritionally packed grass fed beef gelatin is and decided it is time to revisit the subject. Let's not confuse Jell-O gelatin as a nutrition packed treat. It is actually pure garbage.

Ingredients in boxed Jell-O:


SUGAR, GELATIN, ADIPIC ACID (FOR TARTNESS), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE AND SODIUM CITRATE (CONTROL ACIDITY), FUMARIC ACID (FOR TARTNESS), RED 40.
 100 percent junk food! And sugar free Jell-O is even worse.

Ingredients in my Watermelon Jell-O:

Ah, Jell-O, an excuse to have whipped cream for dinner!

WATERMELON
GRASS FED BEEF GELATIN
100 percent nutritious! Best of all, no Red #40! And it is sugar free without garbage like artificial sweeteners.


I juiced half of a big watermelon. I got about 4 cups of juice. Heat 2 cups of the juice. Whisk in 1-2 T of gelatin depending on how firm you like it. It seems that one Tablespoon for every two cups of liquid works nicely.  Once that is dissolved completely, add the rest of the juice. Chill overnight. Top with generous amounts of whipping cream. Next time, I am throwing in diced kiwi fruit as well! Strawberries would also be perfect. Tuna, I can do without...forever. What is the funkiest Jell-O salad you have ever tried?

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12 comments:

  1. Oh, my goodness, I would never eat either tuna or jello again. Glad you redeemed it!! Dropping by from Poor and Gluten Free's Waste Not Want Not :)

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  2. For your information,kiwi and gelatin do not mix. I found out the hard way. The acid in kiwi, fresh pineapple, and papaya will not let the gelatin set. It is funny though, canned pineapple works ok.

    I do not use pre flavored Gelatin anymore it is not worth eating plus some of the generic or store brands are adding dextrose which causes my whole digestive system to go into spasams.

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  3. Where do you get your gelatin? I never know where people get it. To be most nutritious I know it should come from grass-fed cows, so local farmer? Looks like a yummy dessert!

    I have a new blog link-up on Fridays, called Free to Talk Friday, I hope you'll come and join. It's open now at dreamingofperfect.weebly.com You can link up this post and others if you like =)

    Hannah J

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    1. There are a few places to get it. If you have an azure standard drop near you, it is the least expensive way. I love their quality. You can also get it online. A popular brand is Great Lakes. I haven't tried them yet. I will visit your link up!

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  4. Thank you for this information. I have been looking for a safe gelatin for our family.

    By the way, I came over from Dreaming of Perfect's blog link-up. I am finding so many great blogs like yours to frequent.

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  5. Some guys in college showed up with a Jello/hot dot dish. I think it was untouched :)

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  6. Thank you for this. WOW! I am stopping by from The Homemaking Blog Party blog hop. I look forward to your visit at http://www.homemaker-mom.com/2/post/2013/08/the-dollar-store-sew-easy-travel-case.html
    Happy homemaking!

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  7. Yes, I've given up the junk nutrition of jello, but never had anyone share a recipe for homemade jello. I bet it's good. And I think your husband's tuna and jello combo should win a prize for the worst, for sure! : )

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  8. Great information, I haven't bought boxed jello in years but I haven't' tried beef gelatin. thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop hope you come back tomorrow and link up! Nancy
    On The Home Front

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  9. I have honestly never thought of the ingredients in jello. We don't use it often, just for sick tummies, but now I'm going to have to think twice. Thanks!

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  10. Thanks for sharing this, Janine. So much healthier. :)

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  11. Great real food recipe! Thanks for sharing in the comments about where you get it too. Hope to see you again this week on Tuesday Greens!

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