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Jell ooooooo? Who’s there?

It’s me, Sarah!  Hello. Jello.

This homemade Jello is fool proof.  Cheap, and healthy to boot.  And did I mention sugar-free?!?  So you know, right up my alley.

I have a friend who will remain nameless for the purpose of protecting her identity.  This friend is a great cook, but cannot make Jell-o; can’t do it!  I’m not judging because for the longest time I could not make rice.  Not even in a rice cooker.  Seriously.

But my friend can make this Jello.  Fingers crossed.

For full disclosure, I’ve had this recipe in my stockpile for over a year and cannot for the life of me remember which website I found it on.   So while I didn’t create this, I can’t also give proper credit to the person who did.  My bad.

Stolen Jell-o
4 cups of fruit juice or fruit nectar (I used a berry blend juice from Trader Joes)
2-3 tblsp of unflavored gelatin
6 tblsp warm water
1/4 cup honey
1-2 cups of fresh or frozen fruit (I used frozen raspberries that I had on hand)

In a medium bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the 6 tblsp of water.  Set aside for at least 5 minutes.

In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of juice and the honey to a boil.  Remove from heat, and add to the dissolved gelatin. Whisk for 1-2 minutes.  Then add the other 2 cups of juice.  Whisk again.

In-focus photos is sooooo 2011.  Blurry is all the rage in 2012!

In a baking pan, add your fruit of choice.  That’s ice around the raspberries.

Pour the juice/gelatin mixture over the fruit.  Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Enjoy!  Boy oh boy, this is delicious!

-I bought the gelatin through Azure Standard, and probably used about $.15 worth of it for this recipe
-Juice was $3, and I used about $2.25 worth
-Raw honey I buy for $10 for a quart jar, and I would guess I used about $.30 worth
-Raspberries I already had in the freezer and picked them somewhere last summer, so they were free baby!

Total for this – let’s say about $2.70.  More expensive than buying an actual box of Jell-o, but free of additives, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial coloring (have you ever seen a blue raspberry in nature?).  This would be way cheaper if you just use juice that you have on hand instead of buying specialty juice like I did.

Bon appetit!

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6 comments on “Jell ooooooo? Who’s there?”

  1. Oh, that does sound like a very yummy dessert. I’d add strawberries. I’m sure they’d go great with that.

  2. @Tanner

    I’m thinking strawberry with sweetened lime juice might be yummy!

  3. Oh my goodness – my boys love jello – but I HATE compromising on it!
    Thank you so much for a great alternative!
    here’s my alternative to commerical dishwasher detergent: simple, easy and cheap:

    • Please let me know how they like it if you end up making it!

      RE: the d/w detergent I’ve thought about this so much. But our d/w won’t even clean our dishes if I use 7th generation. It was a huge disappointment to me, and now I use Cascade. Sigh.

    • Oh my holy jello goodness!
      they LOVE IT!! i’m gonna try this recipe again with half water kefir – for added probiotic goodness!
      Sorry to hear about your dishwasher woes…i had one like that too! my sweet mamma bought me a siemens/bosch many years ago and that solved the problem – however an expensive way to save money and chemicals! smile!

  4. So, I finally made this and it is great! It’s not much more work than the boxes of instant jello either. I made mine with an organic strawberry lemonade and frozen strawberries and put it in half-pint jars so that I can throw one in my lunch bag and go! 😀