“Jello” is one of those things that has always perplexed me.
Why would someone pay over $5 per pound for a little box made up of mostly sugar, a teensy bit of gelatin, artificial color and flavor?
‘Cause you know- I’m the type of mom who never buys much of anything packaged and processed. So none of those itsy bitsy containers of sugar and artificial dye-laden boxes that cost about $1.10 or so for 1 batch of not-so-good-for-you stuff.
Well, a number of years ago, I bought brand name and generic brand gelatin for some reason or another. I’m sure it was probably an ingredient in a recipe that I wanted to try.
So I bought it and had the rest of the packets sitting in my pantry for a long time.
Don’t ask how long. Good thing gelatin doesn’t spoil :-).
Anyway, at some point, in my “making my own version of processed foods” trials and errors, I ended up making “Knox Blocks” (or generic “gelatin blocks”) for my kids whenever they’ve been sick and nothing else will calm their tummies, or as a treat when they’ve wanted something a little special.
I’ve made it following a few different recipes, but we recently tried it with lemon and lime juice and these versions were super refreshing (and candida friendly too!)
(For all you vegans out there, I encourage you to stick around. You can make this with agar agar as well. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet but I’m sure I will :-).)
This recipe turned out so beautifully that I just needed to get it out on my blog. And besides which, I haven’t posted a recipe in quite awhile and it was about time :-).
(This recipe was modified from this one on Cooks.com.)
Homemade Lemon or Lime Gelatin ~ Homemade “Jello”
Makes 2 8×8 square pans of dessert.
1. Soften gelatin by soaking in 1 1/2 cups of the cold water for a few minutes.
2. Add boiling water and stir until gelatin is dissolved.
3. Add remaining ingredients (including the other 1 1/2 cups cold water), stirring until thoroughly blended.
4. Pour into 2 8×8 baking pans.
5. Refrigerate until set.
1. *Stevia extract is super sweet. 1/32 tsp is about as sweet as 1-2 Tbsp sugar. So you can substitute another sweetener for the stevia, but you will need to use a lot. See below for measuring info.
NOTE: I am no longer using regular store brand gelatin. I am now using Great Lakes Gelatin. It is made from pastured cows in Argentina that have not been treated with antibiotics or hormones. I bought a HUGE amount (remember – gelatin doesn’t spoil :-)!)
Please don’t use those icky “Not ReaLemon” bottles that are sold everywhere. They are filled w/ nasty preservatives and don’t taste like the real thing. Because they aren’t. Have you ever drunk that stuff straight? :-(.
The Dream Foods brand costs more, but it is worth it! I buy mine in a super big combo pack at Costco. If you don’t that much, you can find it on Amazon or at The Green Polka Dot Box (where I can almost promise you that they have the best price around. They have a 30 day FREE Trial Membership to their Organic, Non-GMO Buying club.) If you do go and buy the pack at Costco, you can use your extra juice for my Homemade Lemonade with Sugar Free Option.
Stevia extract is a little hard to measure. These stainless steel mini measuring spoons from Amazon are super handy. The 2nd smallest is the size of 1/32 of a teaspoon so you can easily measure stevia extract with these!
Looking for other ways to save money on DIY / MYO replacements for processed foods? How about:
- Easy Chocolate / Carob Chips
- Powdered Sugar / Healthy Powdered Sugar Substitute
- Surprisingly Good Popcorn Seasoning
- Homemade Rice Milk
- Easiest Almond Milk Ever
- Easiest Coconut Milk Ever