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What does everyone think of Ko-Jel jello? Does it work well with jello recipes?

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  1. are you asking compared to non kosher jello? if so i dont know how it compares, but i use kojel in all my recipes that call for jello, and it works perfectly. heres a great recipe.

    Fruit Soup:
    1 pint frozen strawberries in syrup
    1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple
    1 54 oz. jar applesauce
    3 cups boiling water
    1 package raspberry jello
    1 package strawberry or cherry jello

    blend pineapple, strawberries, and applesauce until smmoth. add boiling water and jello. blend until smooth.

    served in a martini glass with a slice of orange it makes the perfect appetizer on a sumer day.

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    1. re: kiddush hopper

      Thanks! Sounds good. Am I right in assuming that you don't drain the strawberries and/or the crushed pineapple?

      1. re: Bzdhkap

        correct. people rave about it. the martini glasses really add to the effect. during the summer we served it all the time for shabbos lunch, and my wife would have it on the table when we would walk in and it just made for a really nice table.

        one thing, dont forget the applesauce!!! i forgot to put it in twice, and i couldnt figure out why it jelled up, it still tasted fine but it drove me nuts until i realized

      2. re: kiddush hopper

        kiddush hopper: One more question about your Fruit Soup. Is the "54 oz. jar applesauce" correct, or a typo? I can't seem to find that size jar.

        Thanks!

      3. BS"D

        Ko-Jel is a polysaccharide based gel- I can't remember whether it's agar agar or carageenan. It works well, but it's not gelatin, which is a protein. As such, Kolatin kosher gelatin is much closer to Jello, being basically the same material. In the body, Kolatin and Jello break down into amino acids, Ko-Jel into sugar. Personally, I'd prefer to be eating protein. However, Ko-Jel is far less expensive than Kolatin.

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        1. re: ganeden

          Does Kolatin work like sheets?
          I'm using Agar Agar because its vegetarian and has a reliable hashgacha, but its still not gelatin.
          I also had problems with a powdered parve kosher gelatin that was around a while ago form Israel, was this kolatin?

          1. re: superburns

            BS"D

            It's powdered- not sheets. What kind of problem did you have? Kolatin was not the only kosher gelatin, but it may be now. It used to be that and Israeli fish gelatin was available, but then Kolatin came along, and it was made from glatt kosher animal hides. And it's made in Mexico. So I would doubt it's the same product that gave you problems, but that doesn't mean that this might not also. Like everything, your mileage may vary.

            1. re: ganeden

              i'm pretty sure it was made from fish.
              do kosher sheets exist. i have found them easiest to work with.

              but the truth is, agar agar has been working for me. it's just really expensive.

              1. re: superburns

                I have used kosher fish gelatin from Israel. It's not easy to find and comes as a powder. The brand I use is called Viliger and comes in a blue box. I don't like Kojel as it is purely chemical and it jells immediately upon contact with something cold. Ojne Kojel jells you can no longer heat it up to liquify and re-jell. Interesting about Kolatin. I'm from Mexico and never saw it although they did have kosher gelatin made by Kurson.

                1. re: mexicanjl

                  Mex,

                  there is a fish based gelatin within Europe as well