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Jul 26, 2006 12:17 AM

Recipe for JELL-O ... no, I mean making actual JELL-O

Is it possible to make your own fruit-flavored gelatin ... JELL-O ... but using fresh fruit juices rather than the lab in the box that is JELL-O?

Obviously Googling JELL-O recipe isn't going to get me what I want, only recipes using the boxed stuff.

It seems like it should be simple ... fruit juice and Knox and maybe some sugar or honey.

Has anyone tried it and have a recipe?

I like JELL-O, but it seems it would be so much better and nutritional to use fresh fruit juices ... and tastier.

Can this be done?

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  1. Of course this can be done. I love Jell-O and gelatin desserts, BTW.

    I haven't tried these recipes, but I searched Martha Stewart's website since her mags often have these types of desserts. Here are the results:

    I'm thinking that the blackberry-red wine gelatin sounds like the perfect adult summertime treat. The canteloupe and honeydew one looks really pretty too...

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    1. re: Carb Lover

      You gotta love Martha. Who else would make their own jello.

      Yes, that blackberry-red wine thing is just what I'm looking for ... actually better than I imagined. Loved the recipe using cherry jam ... gee, I know a gazillion great jams and jellies I could use.

      The canteloupe and honeydew thing is what I'm not looking for. I don't want pieces of fruit suspended in gelatin.

      Thanks so much for the Martha link.

      1. re: Carb Lover

        Hey everyone,
        Your post and replies were super helpful to me... I'm trying the low-carb thing (sorry, carblover), and JELL-O is a great go-to dessert, but I'm opposed to artificial sweeteners. I wanted to try a recipe that uses all natural Stevia instead, and stays low carb... This is what I've found:

        1/2 cup cold water
        1 packet gelatin
        combine, allow to bloom 3-5 mins

        1/2 cups
        1 - 1 1/2 tsp flavoring (I've tried coconut and maple so far)
        1/8-1/4 tsp Stevia extract to taste
        Combine, bring to a boil.

        Mix the hot with the cold, stir until dissolved, and allow to set in your favorite jello pan! I use foil baking cups in a muffin tin for portability.

        1 serving= 1 baking cup
        calories: 3.5
        sugar: 0 g
        carbs: 0 g

      2. I found some recipes from the first edition of the Fannie Farmer Cookbook. She calls them jellies but they turn out the same consistency as the Kraft product.

        Orange Jelly

        1/2 box or 2-1/2 Tbsp granulated gelatin
        1/2 C cold water
        1-1/2 C boiling water
        1 C sugar
        1-1/2 C orange juice
        3 Tbsp lemon juice

        Soak gelatin 20 minutes in cold water, dissolve in boiling water, strain. Add to sugar, orange, and lemon juice. Turn into bowl or mold and chill until set.

        I imagine you could use any type of fruit juice you like, though you might need to adjust the amounts of sugar and lemon juice to taste. [Edit: NB, Pineapple juice will not work.]

        FYI, many historic American cookbooks are available at the Historic American Cookbook Project

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        1. re: Euonymous

          Many thanks. That is JUST what I want. God bless Fanny Farmer.

          I'm really jazzed about this idea. I guess there are some juices that can't be jelled like pineapple juice. I wonder if guava juice has that same problem.

          I was thinking this probably has some fancy cooking term like gellee, but those are usually more solid. I'm looking for something with the consistancy of jello. This should do it.

          Watermelon jello ... I wonder if that would work.

          1. re: rworange

            I think watermelon jello would be delicious!


        2. If you google "gelatin recipes" you'll get a number of hits.

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          1. re: Darren72

            No, that is no different than googling jello recipes. You get all those awful molds and quivery things.

            1. re: rworange

              I googled "fruit gelatin recipe" (w/o the quotes) and got a fairly basic recipe for "gelatin squares" using fruit juice concentrate, Knox powder and sugar:

              Another basic recipe, courtesy of Whole Foods:

              But, yeah, the rest of the results seem to use Jell-O, "peach gelatin" or "4 1⁄2 lb DSRT PWD STRAWBERRY" (the last from an Army cookbook, apparently! :-) )

              1. re: rworange

                Yes, that true. If you google "gelatin recipes" you will have to do a little of your own work after that to find exactly what you are looking for.

                "Jell-O" is a brand name, and "jello" comes from that. "gelatin" is the ingredient.

            2. Wow. What an evil recipe idea.

              You might search for "gelatin" or "jelly" (UL) recipes. Martha Stewart has several. I remember a mint and blackberry combo being good.

              Panna cotta of course is gelatin-based.

              I've heard that a "gin n' tonic" recipe by Nigella Lawson is good as well.

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              1. re: JudiAU

                Yeah, the words panna cotta scare me and seems like really cooking rather than throwing some gelatin and fruit juice together and boiling.

                Along the alcoholic line, Martha Stewart has a recipe for Mint Julep gelatin


                I found this recipe for gin and tonic gelatin (not Nigella). The whole thing is more elaborate that I would be capable of. There is no way I am going to ... make a milfuille with the gelatin and caramel tile.

                HOWEVER, the first paragraph does have simple directions for making gin and tonic jello. Woo-hoo ... gin shooters. Kind of defeats my objective of a more healthy dessert than boxed jello, but well, gee, it sounds good. And gin is natural, eh?


              2. This Jello recipe is one that I want to try....
                from Everyday Italian on the Food TV network....
                it really looks good !

                1 (6-ounce) package raspberry-flavored gelatin
                1 cup boiling water
                2 cups Prosecco or other sparkling wine, chilled
                1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries, not thawed
                1/3 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
                1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

                Whisk the gelatin and boiling water in a medium bowl until the gelatin is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate until lukewarm, about 25 minutes. Stir in the Prosecco. Cover and refrigerate until the gelatin thickens but does not set, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Stir in the raspberries (bubbles will form in the gelatin mixture). Divide the gelatin among 6 Champagne flutes or individual dessert bowls. Cover and refrigerate until the gelatin is set, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.
                Dollop the mascarpone cheese atop each serving, then sprinkle the walnuts over and serve.

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                1. re: Marilyn

                  Sounds good, but that is what I'm trying to avoid. I want to know how to make the raspberry gelatin rather than use raspberry flavored boxed gelatin.

                  However, this sounds so delicious, that I started a separate topic for using boxed jello in recipies. Thanks. I'll store this away.