I really had not thought about making jello out of our blackberries until I came across this post on A House Called Nut. What a great idea! Dave and I love jello and eat it almost every night as an evening snack, so I thought it would be a great way to use some of this fruit.
I googled and found several recipes. If they used fruit, they didn’t give an amount and one even said to put water with the fruit. I tried that and there was little blackberry taste.
So here is my recipe.
4 cups of fresh or frozen fruit (makes 1.5 cups of juice)
1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup of water
Sugar, honey, or sweetener to taste. [/stextbox]
So let’s get started!
I put blackberries in a sauce pan.
I simmered them bringing them to a boil. Then I turned off the heat and gently pushed down on them, releasing more juice.
I let them cool for awhile. It was now time to get rid of the pulp.
After pushing the juice through the cheesecloth I ended up with one and a half cups of juice.
What a beautiful dark color! Now I put this in a jar and let it rest in the refrigerator until the morning. You don’t have to do that, but I wanted to let it set.
Then yesterday morning I took out the juice and returned it to the saucepan to bring to a boil. Meanwhile, I poured one half cup of water in my mixing container and sprinkled the envelope of unflavored gelatin. The gelatin needed to set for one minute.
Once the juice came to a boil, I removed it from the heat, poured it into the gelatin water and stirred.
Now it was time to sweeten to taste. We like Stevia so I added five little scoops of the sweetener to the jello. Since Dave likes everything a bit sweeter than I do, I had him taste it to be sure it was sweet enough for him. Then all I needed to do was to to pour it into our glass bowls and wait for it to set up.
Here is the finished product. It has a deep blackberry taste and a beautiful color. It might be a tad heavy on the juice making it more of the consistency of an aspic than a jello. To make it a little lighter, you could cut back on the juice to 1 cup and then use 1 cup water. I’ll try that next time. However, I really like the full-flavor of the blackberries and the consistency. It sure beats store-bought jello.
I want to try this with strawberries and peaches too. Yum!