So, I’m just going to say this. I have a fixation with jello and gelatin products. It was only sparked recently when I found a natural source for gelatin that is not horrible and bleached like the supermarket stuff. Clearly I am not vegan, nor do I really adhere to any specific diet (aside from avoiding gluten), but I am extremely picky about where my animal foods come from. Several years ago I became fascinated by the Weston Price diet, which embraces foods like organ meats and bone broths while also focusing on the importance of sprouting grains and enhancing the digestibility of food. The book Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats is a great read if you find the time.
I think that gelatin, when sourced correctly, can be a great addition to the diet. In our modern diet of nonfat everything, we’re missing out on some crucial nutrients and fats that our bodies need. Previous generations (and other modern day cultures) have it right when they actually use the whole animal. There is also another reason I am intrigued by gelatin.
Vanity, of course! Haha! There’s folks that believe that consuming collagen (which gelatin essentially is) can increase the collagen in your own skin. Brilliant, right? Asian markets sell collagen drinks and women swear it keeps their wrinkles at bay. You may have heard that collagen strengthens nails as well. This claim was first made by Knox gelatin, however, and to me that seems kinda shady.
So could it really help build collagen in the skin? Could the secret to plump, youthful skin really be eating everything in gelatinized form? Sadly, I have no answer for you. I’ve searched the web plenty, and it seems to go both ways. Some people say that it does nothing in the body that would even remotely affect the skin, while some claim it has made a big difference. My verdict? Skeptical and completely willing to give it a shot.
Now this doesn’t mean going and buying flavored jello and eating a bunch of it. That stuff is crap and absolutely not good for you. In my searching I found a company that sells gelatin from grass fed cows. I checked out their webpage and read all the amazon reviews. There are basically two companies that make a high quality, natural gelatin, and this is one of them.
I will warn you- because this stuff is all natural and not bleached, it does have a slight color and taste to it. Not overwhelming, but definitely there. When mixing with hot water, is kinda just smells like animal. Gross, I know. BUT, when disguised properly, it is totally undetectable.
I found this recipe at The View from Great Island and it’s great. I love the use of fresh squeezed juice here- this ensures you are still getting all the vitamins and enzymes from the juice. Any store bought juice is going to be pasteurized which kills most of the goodness. So if I’m not fighting wrinkles with the gelatin in this recipe, I am with the hefty dose of vitamin C. Bases covered!
Homemade Grapefruit ‘Jello’ ~~~adapted from Martha Stewart
juice of 2 large grapefruits ( 1 1/2 cups)
2 packets unflavored gelatin (1/2 oz)
1 heaping Tbsp sugar
3/4 cup water
- Sprinkle the gelatin over 1 cup of the grapefruit juice, m.ix and let sit to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Heat the water and sugar together, stirring to dissolve the sugar, until the water comes to a simmer.
- Pour the hot liquid over the juice and gelatin, and add the remaining 1/2 cup juice.
- Pour into individual serving cups or into one glass pan.
- Refrigerate until completely firm, several hours.
- When firm, you can cut the jello into cubes.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to eat; the gelatin will eventually turn back to liquid at room temperature.