Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Super yummy jello cups? Yes please!

My kids love jello. I love jello. Wiggly jiggly yumminess. :)

What does jello cost now a days? I don't even know I haven't bought it in so long, but I do know it's full of artificial-ness.

I have a box of raspberry jello in my pantry that expired May of 2013. Oops. Oh well. I read the ingredients list, here is what I found.
Lots of sugar, acids for tartness and sodium citrate for acid control. That seems silly... and no raspberry anything anywhere. It's all fake stuff.

If you don't mind eating that, that's fine. I just don't like to. If I'm eating raspberry jello I want at least a little bit of raspberry to be in there. Is that too much to ask?

Not really, just make it yourself. Super easy. Almost brown sugar easy. No joke!

You will need:
4 cups of juice
If you want to add a little probiotic kick to your jello substitute 1 cup of kombucha for 1 cup of cold juice.
2 T +/- depending on your texture preference, gelatin. I used Great Lakes(affiliate link) brand, but this one(affiliate link) or this one(affiliate link) are a little cheaper. 

Okay, here's what you do.

Heat 3 cups of the juice up on the stove or in the microwave until it's hot to the touch, but not boiling.
In the remaining cup dissolve the gelatin. Gelatin doesn't like heat very much and will clump if not dissolved/bloomed in something cold or room temp. first.
Stir it well so all the little grains get a chance to bloom

If you are using kombucha I recommend leaving out an additional 1/2 cup of juice to bloom your gelatin instead of just the kombucha. This way you can pour your gelatin juice in the hot juice and let it cool a bit before adding your kombucha. If the juice is too hot it will kill your probiotics and that would be sad. :(

If you don't heat the juice your gelatin won't dissolve completely and your jello will have a pearly texture. Still good, but weird.

After all that, pour your jello into a large bowl or do like I did and pour it into individual cups. I used old baby food containers. Put the lids on and refrigerate until set.  I make mine in the evening and let them set overnight.

 Elijah likes to have one of these halfway through his school work. It's a nice refocus snack break and really does wonders for his attention span.
Time for a jello break...
You can also use the super sweet and delicious syrup your canned fruit is packed in for your juice. So yummy. So, so yummy. I call that dessert jello, and you probably shouldn't eat five servings in one day. But I won't tell anyone if you do.


In other news.... (the part of the show where I share a random tidbit from the week)

 We are having trouble getting Rosemary bred for spring kids (and milk) so we took her to yet another buck. After we picked her up we went to my Mom and Dad's house to cut up elk. 
Whatcha doin'?
Ridge loves goats :)

She's so funny. 

She also managed to open the gate and run away... They say if a fence holds water it might hold a goat. It's a true statement.
It was well after dark when we realized she was gone. I didn't have any tags on her for someone to know she's mine. There was enough snow to know what direction she headed, but that was all. No snow on the road. So Mom and I headed down the road and I prayed God would help us find her. We called her name and within moments we heard her calling back. Pretty soon we could see her trotting down the road towards us. YAY! I was so relieved!

Lesson? Always triple check the gate. Teach your goats their names and spend time with them. Pray always. 

Have a great week all!
Go make some jello.

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