I must have been eight or nine when I watched Jurassic Park with my cousins. After all these years, not much about the movie remains in my memory except for those scary dinosaurs and one particular scene. Which scene, you ask? The green jelly scene, of course. The scene where the little girl (Lex…wasn’t that her name?) starts to eat a spoon of that bright green jello, sees a dinosaur (who else) and her hand starts shaking and the jello starts to wobble. Remember? And to this day, the sight of colorful jello takes me right back to those dinosaurs and my childhood :-).
Enough about the dinos, did you know that gelatin is a superfood? I had no idea until I read this fabulous article http://wellnessmama.com/7419/gelatin-uses/ by the lovely Katie aka Wellness Mama. It contains collagen which is supposed to be good for our skin, hair, nails, joints and it even improves cellulite and tightens the skin, plus a multitude of other benefits. Now, I’m not a health nut by any means; actually, far from it, considering all the sugar, flour and butter I dabble in. But I’ve been trying to include gelatin in my diet for some time and this recipe sure makes it easy for me, plus the added benefits of fresh fruit.
Fresh Orange Jello
Recipe from Knox Gelatin
4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold fruit juice
3 cups fruit juice, heated to boiling
2 tbsp. sugar or honey, optional
Sprinkle gelatin over cold juice in a large bowl; let stand 1 min. Add hot juice and stir until gelatin completely dissolves, about 5 mins.
Stir in sugar or honey if desired. Pour into 13 by 9by 2 inch pan.
Refrigerate until firm, about 3hours. Cut into desired shape. Store in refrigerator.