Homemade Jello

by Ann Marie Michaels on July 18, 2011

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Jello reminds me of my childhood. I grew up eating Jello made from a box. I even remember when I was about 12, I used to make it for my mom. I remember stirring the powder into the water and letting it set in the fridge overnight.

It turns out Jello is actually good for you. It’s made from the bones and hides (skins) of cows and pigs. Rich in collagen, jello actually gives you beautiful skin, and strong bones, teeth, and cartilage.

The gelatin in Jell-O is what lets you transform it into all sorts of different shapes. What exactly is gelatin? Gelatin is just a processed version of a structural protein called collagen that is found in many animals, including humans. Collagen actually makes up almost a third of all the protein in the human body. It is a big, fibrous molecule that makes skin, bones, and tendons both strong and somewhat elastic. As you get older, your body makes less collagen, and individual collagen fibers become crosslinked with each other. You might experience this as stiff joints (from less flexible tendons) or wrinkles (from loss of skin elasticity). Source

Think about it — collagen — the same stuff women are injecting into their lips and wrinkles. If you want plump lips and smooth skin, make homemade jello a regular part of your diet.

Homemade Jello

Why Make Homemade Jello?

Unfortunately, boxed Jello is not a good choice since it’s made from feedlot cows and pigs. These animals are fed large quantities of antibiotics and GMO (genetically modified) feed. It also contains artificial food coloring and additives, and of course, high fructose corn syrup.

Now you can enjoy jello again — just follow this recipe and make it at home.

It’s a great dessert, especially in summer. You can add fresh fruit if you like, and top with homemade whipped cream (just whip some heavy cream and add a little sweetener such as honey, sucanat or stevia). — where to buy honey; where to buy sucanat

Recipe Notes

I don’t recommend using just any old brand of gelatin. Get Bernard Jensen or Great Lakes brand; the Great Lakes brand is supposedly from pastured animals and both brands do not contain MSG.

You can use store-bought juice but only if it’s freshly squeezed (i.e. at the health food store juice bar) and not pasteurized. Also, if you can, try to find organic fruit or fruit juice.

I don’t find that honey is necessary, but if you’re using lemons or limes you will want to add honey to make the juice sweet.

Homemade Jello

Ingredients

Gelatin, powdered, from pastured animals — Bernard Jensen or Great Lakes brand (2 TBS)
Freshly squeezed juice from fresh or frozen fruit — oranges, cherries, strawberries, grapes, lemon or limes (16 oz, or 2 cups)
Optional: Honey, raw if possible

Equipment

Juicer or blender plus fine-mesh strainer
Optional: Jello mold

Ingredients

1. Juice the fruit using a juicer. If you don’t have a juicer, you can also use a blender or food processor and then strain the pulp through a fine-mesh strainer.
2. Mix the gelatin into 1/2 cup of the fruit juice in a small saucepan on low heat. Stir or whisk until completely blended and no evidence of powder remains.
2. Let cool.
3. In a mixing bowl, blend together the gelatin-juice mixture with the rest of the fruit juice.
4. Pour into a glass baking pan or jello mold.
5. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for several hours until set.
6. When set, carefully unmold or cut into cubes.

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mnuffins July 18, 2011 at 8:07 AM

This looks like a great idea. My only question is this… wouldn’t gelatin powder be considered extremely processed and therefore not good? (Based on WAPF and also “don’t eat what your great great grandmother wouldn’t recognize?”) I’ve always wondered this, and am wondering what other people have to say about that too…

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chapinjs July 18, 2011 at 8:22 AM

It’s not as processed as you might think. Jello is exactly what happens when you make bone broth, and the “powder” is just dried bone broth. Well, I’m pretty sure MY grandma would recognize jello, but that’s not saying much, as the woman used a lot of prepared foods for a person of her age, and she hates vegetables. However, other cultures have been using bone broth gelatin for quite some time. A quick trip through a french deli will show you the beautiful “terrine”, made with a base of bone broth gelatin, elegantly decorated with vegetables, and topped with liver pate. It is chilled, then turned over so that the lovely decorations show, and served on bread or crackers. Delicious!

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cheeseslave July 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Chapinjs is correct — powdered gelatin is like dried bone broth. It is included in the WAPF baby formula so it’s definitely something they are OK with.

I looked up panna cotta this morning on Wikipedia, curious about the history of it. Panna cotta is like jello, only it’s made with cream and milk (yum, right?).

Here is what Wikipedia says:

“It is not known exactly how or when this dessert came to be, but some theories suggest that cream, for which mountainous Northern Italy is famous, was historically eaten plain or sweetened with fruit or hazelnuts. Earlier recipes for the dish used boiled fish bones in place of gelatin; sugar, later a main ingredient, would not have been widely available as it was an expensive imported commodity. After years this treat evolved into what is now a gelatin dessert, flavored with vanilla and topped with fruit or spices, and served chilled.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panna_cotta

Similarly, aspic is a savory jello made from gelatinous bones (necks, heads, feet, etc.)

So yes, you could make jello with just bones but it’s a lot easier to use gelatin.

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ofthec July 19, 2011 at 2:09 AM

MMMM I love when the cold chicken in the fridge gets the aspic on it. That is so good!

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 1:05 PM

I never knew that is what it was called…

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM

I am learning more new things. Thanks, Cheeseslave.

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Me, too!

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Yay–a jello post. My new favorite treat.

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ofthec July 19, 2011 at 2:09 AM

Mine too, easy points LOL

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wannabehealthy July 18, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Oh, I want to try this recipe!

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM

How did you get that intense green color in your gello?

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Alisue July 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM

I think that is a picture of Jello brand…. ;)

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cheeseslave July 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Yeah that is not mine — it’s a flickr pic. I only had my iPhone pic (the hearts mold).

But if you want to play with colors, get some natural food coloring. I bought some at the health food store. Lime juice should also make a nice color. It may not be as bright as this but it will be very pretty nonetheless.

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Do you have any recommendations for natural food coloring? I remember when I was a kid, my mom made the most beautifully decorated cakes for our birthdays. But I cannot do that for my kids because of the artificial colors. I have tried some natural colorings but the colors ended up kinda funky — mostly shades of grey. They pretty much get cream colored cream cheese frosting, and then I add a little cocoa powder to make chocolate frosting for any decorations or words.

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Bethany July 18, 2011 at 11:26 AM

I have juiced beets and used that juice to make pink coconut milk frosting for my daughters birthday, it was a beautiful color… not really sure what to do about boys though.

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coconutfreek July 18, 2011 at 5:29 PM

blueberries, would they give a blue color? or purple? I hven’t tried it, just an idea.

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Sometimes the blueberries end up looking gray with frosting.

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ellenp1214 July 19, 2011 at 9:24 AM

i make jello with 100% black cherry juice. gives it a beautiful deep red color. great with some orange zest too!

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 10:46 AM

That sounds great, Ellenp1214!

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imblst July 19, 2011 at 4:43 PM

yes it does… i have some zest that i’ve dried & frozen

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:28 PM

That sounds awesome. Do you juice the cherries or buy the juice?

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Ellenp – I made that for my mother in law.. she’s crazy busy and LOVES jello so I made her some as a surprise..I got some brand I don’t remember but it was 100% cherry juice

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:19 PM

I’ve been making it with black cherry kefir. I actually like it in a gello state better than as a kefir

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Laurel of Leaves July 19, 2011 at 8:47 PM

I’ve read that red cabbage can be used as a natural blue food coloring. Beets are a great idea for pink.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 9:23 PM

I’ve used alot of food to make natural dyes for dyeing eggs. I am concerned the taste would be too strong????

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stef July 18, 2013 at 1:42 AM

for pink icing i steep a berry tea bag in a little hot water then add that to butter and icing sugar to make icing. lovely pink colour and beautiful flavour.

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cmh July 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM

liquid chlorophyll makes a beautiful green food coloring.

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Bethany July 18, 2011 at 11:14 AM

cmh – good idea… does it affect the flavor at all? My daughter literally drinks chlorophyll with a straw…lol, but I am not such a fan of the flavor

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ofthec July 19, 2011 at 2:10 AM

Curious out the flavor too? I did beet root powder to make pink and it just tasted a little off to me. My children loved it though

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 7:11 AM

Yeah, I think we’re probably more susceptible to noticing different flavors like that since we all probably grew up on Duncan Hines icing and Betty Crocker cakes, that is our “norm” but our kids don’t have that base of flavors to work off from.

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:09 AM

lol too funny

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emilyk July 18, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Is there a way to make the powder ourselves? Here’s the thing: my husband is super allergic to MSG, and gelatin typically naturally contains MSG. I don’t know if there is a difference between how the gelatin is processed for the brands you mentioned vs. other brands. My husband NEVER has problems with foods processed in traditional ways, but modern shortcuts (like, hydrolyzed anything) somehow denature food in a way that causes him to react to the free glutamates. (So, for instance, gelatin capsules on supplements make him very sick, but bone broth never will.) If these brands that you recommend process the gelatin in a traditional way, then this would be “safe” for him to eat (and a fun variation since we never eat jello). If if is pastured and non-GMO, etc, but then processed in a modern way then we’d better not. What do you think?

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riceinmay July 18, 2011 at 8:59 AM

The 2 gelatin brands mention at the top are not overly processed. In fact they claim to be MSG free. I would not expect your husband to respond negatively to those brands- since he doesn’t respond to bone broth. Now knox brand- or a store brand—–TOTALLY different story

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emilyk July 18, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Great! He’ll be surprised to be able to try this, because gelatin is something I just always assumed we couldn’t do. I think marshmallows are the only other thing that is off limits AND I don’t know how to make. But that’s because they contain gelatin. So, maybe there actually is a way to make those safe too. :)

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sewpretty13 July 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Here is a link to AM’s recipe for marshmallow fluff. I think if you put them in a 9X12 and let them set, you could make marshmallows. We use to do that in South America when I was a kid.
http://www.cheeseslave.com/2010/12/26/how-to-make-marshmallow-fluff-without-corn-syrup/

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asoftheday July 18, 2011 at 9:46 AM

I was about to ask the same question, emilyk! way to beat me to it!

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imblst July 18, 2011 at 9:58 AM

that marshmallow recipe has no gelatin in it? is that correct?

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cheeseslave July 18, 2011 at 10:02 AM

That is a marshmallow fluff recipe, and it won’t make true marshmallows. If you want to make true marshmallows, you need to add gelatin.

Here’s a recipe: http://www.joyofbaking.com/candy/HomemadeMarshmallows.html

Just substitute honey for the refined sugar and corn syrup.

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imblst July 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM

thank you!!

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Alisue July 18, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Yumm…..will be making these!

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coconutfreek July 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM

I love marshmallows. I need to make some more. I wonder if stevia will work as the entire sweetener or do you need to have some maple syrup or honey?

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imblst July 21, 2011 at 9:57 AM

i’m pretty sure stevia is out of the question as a sub for honey… completely different stuff.

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Thank you from me, too. My kids want to roast marshmallows.

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 8:31 PM

I looked at the recipe. So you are saying to swap the sugar and corn syrup with honey. Can you get to that soft ball stage with honey? I thought that was a sugar thing.

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:11 AM

You can! You can do it with maple syrup too!

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imblst July 21, 2011 at 9:57 AM

i would do maple syrup… i only eat raw honey…raw….

Hello Jello July 21, 2011 at 5:10 PM

So you eat raw, raw honey, Ofthec?

Erica July 19, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Thanks Cheeslave for the recipe!

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:20 PM

So has anyone tried making the marshmallow yet? Any tips or suggestions?

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Let’s have a bonfire in your backyard in Dallas, Texas. We can sing Kumbaya while Bethany is using her new stockpot as a drum. While she continuously bangs the end of her stockpot with a wooden spoon, we can have marshmallows with graham crackers and Farmer Kim’s favorite chocolate melted over the fire. Then all the animals can come out and they can sing Kumbaya along with us. ;) It will look like the Lion King!

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:11 AM

Oh yum and GAPS friendly! For the honey a direct sub would be 3 cups or do we reduce a little bit. Wowza that’s a lot!

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emilyk July 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM

I just noticed Great Lakes actually has a whole page explaining it in detail. Looks like it is probably worth trying.

http://www.greatlakesgelatin.com/consumer/noMSG.php

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Alisue July 18, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Thanks for sharing this info!!

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Hello Jello July 21, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Thanks for the link!

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emilyk July 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Oooh, thanks.

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Bethany July 18, 2011 at 11:12 AM

oh how wonderful, my kids will love this

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riceinmay July 18, 2011 at 9:01 AM

This recipe will make some STIFF gello! I’m not fond of it with that much “bite”. But the kids like it anyway possible :-D

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cheeseslave July 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM

If you want more jelly-like jello, you can use half the amount of gelatin. I’d rather use more though because it’s better for you.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:23 PM

ok- I switched to making it with your measurements. I put it in the fridge to set up, but then leave it out at room temperature before consuming it. That way it’s got lots of gelatin, but I like the texture better :-D

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Bethany July 18, 2011 at 5:01 PM

lol my kids love stiff gello…. but it’s all they have ever had since I introduced jello for the first time last week in their lives…. and I was all about finger jello when I was a kid…. later when I can have berries, I will do some other softer jellos, but for now it’s stiff jello :-)

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I’ll have to try it again. Right now I’m using 3 Tbs to 1 Liter of kefir. More gelatin is obviously ideal though.

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:13 AM

I didn’t used to like the stiff jello but being on intro GAPS I miss chewing things and this helps LOL

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Sheridan July 18, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Heh heh, isn’t it better to overdo the gelatin so as to be sure it sets…?! ;) Better stiff jelly than a pool of gelatin fruit.

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ofthec July 19, 2011 at 2:13 AM

I wonder if you can just throw it all in the blender and add more gelatin, doesn’t it just melt the juice when it’s not cold?

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:15 AM

I did it! I had some drippy jello (because I didn’t dissolve the gelatin in hot water) and I threw it in the blender with dissolved gelatin and it worked! You too gave revive your drippy jello:)

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imblst July 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM

that’s good to know… or… you can just drink it.

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FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I am confused. If the gello doesn’t solidify, you can put the mix in the blender and add more gelatin and try again?????

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ofthec July 22, 2011 at 7:07 AM

mine didn’t solidify because I didn’t dissolve the gelatin in hot water, SO I threw it all in the blender, dissolved more gelatin in water, blended it in and put it back in the fridge AND IT WORKED GREAT!

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skupe July 18, 2011 at 9:26 AM

I don’t bother making jello. I just add the gelatin to yogurt, smoothies, fruit and cream, etc.

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 5:38 PM

skupe, do you just stir it in and eat right away?

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ellenp1214 July 19, 2011 at 9:42 AM

i do that too. if you process your smoothie in increments, you have to add the gelatin last. otherwise, you’ll get weird little lumps of jello-like substance in your smoothie!

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Jennifer June 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Hmmm…that “boba tea” has been popular on and off for years (also called Bubble Tea, I think, in some areas). So a smoothie with gelatinous lumps in it is just the next big thing! ;)

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sewpretty13 July 18, 2011 at 9:32 AM

I remember making lemon jello with pineapple, and cottage cheese as a treat for Christmas, but gave that up years ago because “Jello” had so much sugar and coloring.

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riceinmay July 18, 2011 at 2:35 PM

wait? cottage cheese added to the gello before it set up, or mixed with finished gello afterwards?

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coconutfreek July 18, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I usually mix the cottage cheese in when its half set……..starting to thicken.

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Bethany July 18, 2011 at 5:01 PM

That is a combination of some delicious ingredients…. I love cottage cheese..yummy

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ofthec July 19, 2011 at 2:14 AM

Wow cottage cheese sounds amazing when you”re on intro GAPS!!!!

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 10:50 AM

You can have cottage cheese on GAPS intro?

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:12 AM

No- I think she meant that because she’s on GAPS intro- and can’t have it……then the forbidden aspect makes it sound even MORE appealing!

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:16 AM

Exactly!

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM

no you can’t have cottage cheese on into… I was just saying I like it and am looking forward to having it again some day…..

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:44 AM

I go through stages, I either love it- and crave it, or shudder at the thought of eating it. No idea as to why!

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM

that is pretty extreme… I can see just not wanting it but shuddering… lol

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:25 PM

i tend to eat cottage cheese when I’m pregnant. So I think sometimes I associate it with all the fun first trimester tummy issues

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:15 PM

I see that makes sense… are you pregnant? :-)… how many kids do you have?

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I was, but I just lost my little one a week ago (I was 20 weeks)

I have a 6 year old son, and a 2 year old daughter.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:27 PM

It’s funny- my kids are so used to real food – they are having a hard time right now. Since I’m supposed to me staying off my feet- friends have been bringing meals over. Well – my NEVER picky eaters have not been fond of the food being brought over. It’s been VERY Standard American Diet- and it’s just another example that tastebuds are trained :-D

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:38 PM

That is neat to see that your kids prefer real food though ! And it makes sense why you have SO much time to be on the computer :-) I almost just want to bow out and let you win… there I got with my tender heart again :-)

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riceinmay July 21, 2011 at 10:12 AM

LOL- yeah I have plenty of time on my hands right now……although at this point I’m going stir crazy!!!!

I have NO idea how you keep so far ahead! :-D You rock this contest :-D

Bethany July 21, 2011 at 10:40 AM

haha… rock the contest… lol…. it’s called determination. My kids will be happy when it’s done… so will 1…..10 more days.

I can see why you would go stir crazy… sounds nice to have an excuse to just sit and chill but once it’s forced or for an extended amount of time it’s no longer that fun….

Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:36 PM

oh my word… I am soooooo sorry. I can’t imagine, I had a friend who lost her baby during delivery and the hardest thing was to find words to express your sadness… I know we’re not tight but I am a mom and feel for you….. You are a strong woman, I hope the Lord gives you a peace and strength. I will remember to pray for you and your recovery !!

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asoftheday July 21, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I’m with Bethany- I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve had an early term miscarriage, yet can only imagine the pain that would come with one as far along as yours. Then again, a loss is a loss at any stage. You and yours are in my prayers as well…

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:18 AM

I ate tubs and tubs when I was pregnant with my son. With my daughter I couldn’t get enough cream cheese. Unfortunately I didn’t know about GOOD dairy back then SO I suffered through some miserable allergies while preggo.

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Hello Jello July 21, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Pure deliciousness!

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 5:39 PM

I never heard of mixing cottage cheese with jello. Maybe another item for my list of things to try.

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 7:44 AM

Here is the link to a similar recipe I think we had as kids. I looks easy enough to duplicate to make if GAPS friendly.
http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1843,145173-228205,00.html

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:47 AM

cool! I saved the recipe. I’ll have to play with it and see what I think. Thanks!

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Thanks for the recipe, Sewpretty13!

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Karen A. July 19, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Cottage cheese on jello is a tasty combo.

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imblst July 19, 2011 at 4:46 PM

it’s good w/cream mixed in it too

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EileenH July 18, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Thank you for posting this as I’ve been wondering about this exact food. When my teens were little, I went the homemade route, but with Knox and fruit juice. How do you research things such as the 2 brands you recommend are made from pastured animals? I’m hoping I can locate one of these brands as my family would like to enjoy jello again.

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cheeseslave July 18, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Eileen,

You can read more about them here:

http://www.greatlakesgelatin.com/consumer/index.php

http://www.bernardjensen.com/gelatin-powder-bovine-p-48.html

Also the WAPF recommends Bernard Jensen.

Ann Marie

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sewpretty13 July 18, 2011 at 9:46 AM

I haven’t ordered the jello yet, but I am getting closer to it.

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imblst July 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM

you won’t regret it!!

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Alisue July 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Me, too! I can’t wait to order it!!!

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Bethany July 18, 2011 at 5:02 PM

I use Great Lakes and really like it !!

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:47 AM

ditto! plus you can get it off amazon.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

better hurry! There is only 6 left on amazon!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Yes, probably the broth challenge fans ordered it all already.

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 7:44 AM

So very true!

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 9:08 AM

LOL! It was probably only Bethany who bought all of that gelatin.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:14 AM

I literally Laughed Out Loud! Thanks for the chuckle

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 10:01 AM

LOL!!! I had to say it…

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM

lol NO I bought mine at my local health food store…

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:02 PM

But I will admit I bought them out…. ok so they only had two…

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Go take a nice, long nap, Bethany!

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I tried but I couldn’t sleep and I hate wasting time just laying there when I have so much to do…ya’ know like be on the computer..

Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:23 PM

actually I have a pile of groceries I need to put away, and I need to clean the kitchen up, oh roast some beef bones for broth tonight….but alas… I am sitting her on the couch pecking away :-)

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:20 AM

So funny Bethany, I won’t be TOO sad if you win the stockpot:)

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riceinmay July 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM

ditto!

Bethany July 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM

awe…. :-)

FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 9:51 PM

ditto the ditto

emilyk July 22, 2011 at 2:47 PM

I saw that it said there were 6 left and I ordered on Amazon. :)

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starveil July 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Yay! You were reading my mind! I just recently bought the gelatin packets too b/c I did not want all of the stuff in it like the other pre-made brands have. I am glad you talked about the honey because I was wondering if the juice would have made it sweet enough or if I needed the sweetener. Thanks!

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cheeseslave July 18, 2011 at 10:06 AM

I like it without the honey. As you eat less sweets, you’ll find that your tastes change and you don’t need as much sugar.

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Alisue July 18, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Which is wonderful!!!

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Bethany July 18, 2011 at 5:06 PM

It’s amazing how that happens… I used to eat a lot of sugar, and now I eat almost none… only the tiny bit in my kombucha and it tastes very sweet and I remember when I first tried it almost a year ago it was definitely not very sweet to me.

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Are you sure your not eating sugar, Bethany? Take a closer look at where your located on the top 10 user chart!

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:03 PM

I don’t get it Erica… why does me eating sugar or not have anything to do with the top 10 chart? I do drink G.T’s kombucha so yes a tiny bit of sugar and I don’t know how much of that is fermented out… but that is it for me… I couldn’t give up kombucha and had not yet learned how to make it.

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Sugar keeps people awake for long hours, and gives them lots of energy before they crash. I went to bed around 11 last night. But, when I woke up this morning, I found tons and tons of email coming from these posts all throughout the night and into the early morning hours. Many of the posts were coming from you, Riceroni, and Farmer Kim!

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:30 PM

ooooh sorry, gottcha… yeah, nope I am not hopped up on anything…

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:31 PM

BTW- riceroni = hilarious…..good one Erica

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Thanks for the clarification! I kept reading and re-reading that statement. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what you meant :-P

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:16 PM

haha…. it’s probably just been so long since you have purchased rice a roni !

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:37 PM

LOL- I understood the ricearoni part- that’s not a new one :-P

I couldn’t understand why erica was talking about you and sugar and first place……her train of thought was outside my grasp- but now I understand :-D

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:39 PM

lol her train of thought is frequently out of my grasp as well… Eskimos… South Africa…. ???? nuf said. haha

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:23 AM

I think the more random she makes her train of thought the more she has to say, so she can comment more. Perhaps it’s lack of sleep…it used to come out a little more intelligent

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:23 AM

OK I apologize that wasn’t very nice. I think I read too many comments today and it got a little sorting through the nonsensical ones. STILL no very nice, SORRY

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:25 AM

UGH I DO actually wish you could retype a comment or edit it. It got a little ANNOYING and NOT very nice

riceinmay July 21, 2011 at 10:20 AM

LOL! Understand ofthec!

In Erica’s defense- she’s 19

Bethany July 21, 2011 at 10:43 AM

it’s alright ofthec…. things “said” via written word don’t always come across the way they would in person…. you’re alright !

Hello Jello July 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I think the bone broth got to you all!

asoftheday July 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Is Erica really 19? If so, no wonder she has so much energy for all her commenting!

FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 9:53 PM

ofthec, I understand.

imblst July 23, 2011 at 6:49 AM

i got it..right off the bat

coconutfreek July 18, 2011 at 5:21 PM

that is so true. sugar almost if a put-off. I always cut sugar in baking, I don’t know why people want things screaming sweet. :-(

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coconutfreek July 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM

wish I could type…….. too much sugar is almost a put-off.

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Karen A. July 19, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Strangely I read your original post, coconutfreek and did not detect a typo! Knew exactly what you meant! ;)

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 5:41 PM

My husband likes screaming sweet. I like that description: screaming sweet. LOL

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ofthec July 19, 2011 at 2:16 AM

I used to eat poptarts for breakfast and when we were on Bee’s diet (extreme GAPS) lemons started to taste sweet!

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 7:16 AM

yeah I will make muffins and only use lemon zest, vanilla and lemon juice for flavoring and they are fine to me, I know a “regular” person would thing they probably tasted like card board but they work for us !

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 7:46 AM

I have not heard of Bee’s Diet. How do I find more info on it? Is it more extreme than intro?

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:49 AM

http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/

I love alot of the info and recipes on her page.

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM

I love her site! I remember looking at it a while back.

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:28 AM

It’s a little more extreme just because no sweets at all except a tiny bit of stevia. She has you take more supplements too. I’ve gotten the most healing from her diet.

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Karen A. July 19, 2011 at 3:52 PM

I have found lately that I can suck on a lemon or lime wedge when before I would have found them too sour.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM

yeah- I made lemon gello today. I’ve been munching on it all day! Love the flavor- and it leaves a sweet taste behind

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM

tell em the proportions you use for lemon gello. My kids are requesting lemon gello. I have a bag of organic lemons.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Well, what I actually made was more of a gello gummy bears thing……

Here’s what I did- but I’ll still be playing with it. I took 1 cup of lemonaid kefir (you could sub lemonaid), 20 drops of sweet orange oil, and 4 Tbs of gelatin.

For anyone that wants to make lemonaid kefir- it’s 1/4 fresh lemon or lime juice with 1 Liter of water kefir.

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:15 PM

did you pour it in molds?

FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM

what proportions of sweetener, water, and lemon should I use for the lemonaid? could I use honey for the sweetener?

riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:29 PM

No- I just put it into a shallow container and then cut it into strips. LOL- I hung out on the couch chewing on lemon gummies.

I would sweeten as little as possible- to let the lemon flavor shine through. But I think honey would be a great sweetener to use!

Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:05 PM

lol…. I need to make these for my kids… I looked on amazon for some little molds but I don’t want to pay for them right now.

Karen A. July 20, 2011 at 12:50 PM

If you make it in a pan you can also cut out shapes with cookie cutters.

riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I just cut them into squares, pop them in my mouth- and let them melt :-D

Karen A. July 19, 2011 at 3:54 PM

I thought when I first read that, ofthec, that you were eating poptarts on this diet and thought, what?!

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:17 PM

yeah, it’s her vice… pop tarts… I used to love those… actually just the inside. I would break off the crust since it tastes like card board

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:31 AM

I think i had one awhile back in a fit of madness and they didn’t taste as good as i remember. now think you mention it, frosted cardboard is a good description

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Karen A. July 21, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Yes it’s like when I quit drinking coke. My son had been home and left a can in the fridge. It beckoned to me. When I finally opened it and took a sip it was the most nauseating taste. I couldn’t believe it because I used to love it so much and thought it the one thing I could never give up.

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riceinmay July 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM

The same thing happened to me! I used to LOVE mountain dew- now I can’t stand it!!!!

Bethany July 21, 2011 at 10:45 AM

it’s amazing how you can taste the chemicals in fake food and then a nice depth of flavor in real food.

Karen A. July 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Real food does taste better when you quit eating processed foods.

asoftheday July 21, 2011 at 7:22 PM

ditto on the mountain dew, riceinmay!

FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 9:54 PM

ditto on the Coke.

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:30 AM

lol no just craving poptarts and pizza. I never eat them anymore. Even if I want one I just read the box and I’m good:)

poptarts and broth, interesting combinatio

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Karen A. July 19, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Our husbands apparently have many common traits as far as dietary preferences Farmer Kimberly!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Maybe. How many tablespoons of sugar does he put in his coffee? LoL

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Karen A. July 20, 2011 at 8:42 AM

He doesn’t drink it. I am on my own there.

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Yea, I don’t crave a lot of sugar either. I find even GT’s kombucha kind of sweet and it has been fermented for 30 days…. Where’s the sugar?

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 1:07 PM

that is the kombucha I drink… the mango one is very sweet to me, I don’t even buy that one, but it does taste good !

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:36 PM

I crave chocolate. dark chocolate. I bet you didn’t know that?! ;-)

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 9:02 AM

No, I didn’t know that Farmer Kim. You only said it at least 3x.

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:06 PM

lol We need to mail farmerkimberly some choc.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:30 PM

so are we going to take up a donation for FarmerKimberly’s chocoadiction?

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:18 PM

yes, I will donate $2.99 to the fund. What kind of choc. is your preference Farmerkimberly??

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Oh no! Now you’ve done it…….you’ve gone and opened the door to get farmerkimberly talking about chocolate!

Dangerous game you’re playing- we’ll never get the chocolate discussions shut down!

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FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 9:57 PM

HEY HEY HEY. Be nice. I just saw this line of commenting and I take offense. At least I am not typing generic comments just for the sake of commenting.

Squirrel.

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:33 AM

no give her magnesium instead, sounds like she may be short on it with all the chocolate cravings

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Bethany July 21, 2011 at 10:46 AM

from the sounds of it she may need an IV of magnesium to deal with this craving…

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Hello Jello July 21, 2011 at 2:45 PM

I think she has enough magnesium…. She has been having loose stools since the beginning of the broth challenge!

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Karen A. July 19, 2011 at 3:49 PM

That is completely true! When I ate less sweets my tastes totally changed. I used to like milk chocolate and now I prefer dark and I only liked sweet pink wine and now I prefer dry whites and reds. I was a sugar fanatic and I don’t like super sweet things anymore. I had not realized that sugar is an acquired taste.

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Hi Cheeseslave,

I’ve heard that our taste receptors have a life span of only 2 weeks. Therefore, our taste buds will change very quickly.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:16 AM

AHHH – very cool info! I will have to remember that :-D

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:16 AM

AHHH – very cool info! I will have to remember that :-D

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:53 AM

that’s bizarre! It double posted. I only typed it in once- the time stamp is exactly the same on both!

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Trying to double up on the points there, are you, Riceinmay? ;)

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM

ACK! You figured out my secret plan! yes- I have perfected a computer program to give me double points by randomly posted my comments twice- at the same time!~ *insert evil laugh*

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM

yeah and we thought Erica was the only one doubling up on posts !!! :-)

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Hey, I seriously wasn’t even doing it on purpose either. I tend to write fast, and often don’t re-read what I write.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 3:27 PM

It’s ok. You don’t have to correct your typos. We know what you meant to type :-D

Erica July 20, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Sorry, I have this habit of being neat when I write.

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:34 AM

obviously you don’t or you wouldn’t have so many typos

FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 9:58 PM

ofthec. LOL.
rice, yes, we can understand in context.

Karen A. July 20, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Interesting- that makes sense.

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM

I am bummed to learn the bottled juice is a no go. My kids and I really liked the organic Knudsen’s used to make gello yesterday.

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Healthfreedom July 18, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Is the Great Lakes Gelatin better or the Bernard Jensen?
My broth does not always get solid, especially with chicken. If I use those powdered gelatins, I will not need to worry about getting chicken feet and cow’s hooves and heads and still get the same benefits?
And if I use those powders a lot, will they keep me wrinkle-free? *yay*

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Now that I have more practice, I am getting good results with both BJ and GL. The GL is less expensive at amazon.com.

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM

I think both would be fine.

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Bethany July 18, 2011 at 11:25 AM

farmerkimberly,
use kombucha…. my kids love it… I will do 16oz kombucha and 16oz of water with some lemon and or lime juice added it’s good…

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cheeseslave July 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Kombucha is a great idea!

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 8:01 AM

I want to start kombucha. I already have a jar, I just am looking for a mother. Anybody know anybody in Orlando with a baby kombucha to spare?

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 10:55 AM

You can order Kombucha mothers online. Cultures for life has some decent prices for the mother.

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Here is their website. The starter is about $12: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/starter-cultures/kombucha.html

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I tired to grow my own SCOBY but it’s not growing…. so I think I will end up buying one, perhaps from that site, I keep hearing good things about it.

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 1:18 PM

I already have the starter, but it has still been in its small plastic bag it came with for months.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Getting a scoby going from a dried state is painstakingly slow :-P

I’ll share mine. I’ve got LOTS! Email me and we can get it set up

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Hey, you are supposed to mail me kefir grains. ;-) oh, just email them to me.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:03 PM

LOL- email me farmerkimberly-

Rices03@msn.com

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:36 AM

okay i realy did laugh out loud!

Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM

yaaa riceinmay is THE best !!!

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Bethany- I emailed you too last night- wanted to make sure it didn’t get caught in a spam folder :-D

Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Yes, I got it, sorry I have not responded, I had tons of errands to run this morning and then I got started on this blasted blog… ha. I will give you my info and send you a check !

riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM

No prob! I understand how easy it is to get sucked into the black hole :-D

sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Bethany,
Here is a link to see if there is some one in your area that is willing to share a SCOBY http://www.kombu.de/suche2.htm. I did find one guy who is willing to share one. I think most people end up throwing their baby away each batch so it makes sense to share them.

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ngabriel July 19, 2011 at 9:00 PM

I got my scoby on ebay for about 2 bucks from a guy who had excellent ratings and who people raved about! thought I’d give him a try and my SCOBY is fabulous! :)

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Thanks… I am going to go with riceinmay… I know her… well…as well as you can know anyone bantering back and forth about random topics everyday…. lol But I do trust her and where it came from… but thanks a bunch for the info

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM

*blush*

Awe Bethany :-P

coconutfreek July 18, 2011 at 5:19 PM

oh that sounds so good. I have 2 bottles of kombucha in the fridge. I think my next batch will be kombucha gello. Big smile.

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Just add the juice of 1-2 lemons and limes and it has an extra nice flavor…

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 7:21 AM

I wish it made it a bit bubbly sort of but it doesn’t, all the carbonation dissipates unfortunately

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 7:48 AM

And the kids will eat it without being sweetened?

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 7:58 AM

yeah… they have been totally off fruit and grains, so any kinds of sugar (except for any in veggies like squash) for a few months now and we never used it much, we just used to eat tons of fruit… I still use vanilla flavored stevia in things like my yogurt, but that is it…later when we’re on full gaps we’ll do more fruit.

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 10:41 AM

That is so awesome, Bethany!!!

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 10:57 AM

You go, Bethany! :)

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 1:09 PM

lol they are at my mercy…. no really though they like it.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

My kiddos love kefir. So they love kefir gello also. It’s a treat around here :-D

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ngabriel July 19, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Kefir Gello!!?? Do Tell!!! :) Do you make it just like you would the kombucha or other clear liquid??

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I take a portion of the kefir and sprinkle the gelatin over the top to soak up the kefir (let sit about 5 min). Melt the kefir over heat – and then add to the remaining kefir. You can use the same proportions that Ann Marie uses in this post.

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riceinmay July 18, 2011 at 2:38 PM

I’m lost…why can’t you use bottled juice?

I saw her note at the top- but it doesn’t explain why you can’t use it. I use bottled juice to make kefir- and then use the kefir to make gello……

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imblst July 18, 2011 at 3:51 PM

probably because it’s been pasturized. fresh fruit juice is soooooooooooo much better for you.

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Yep, it was the pasteurization that makes it not as good for you as fresh. :-(

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Barefootmystic July 18, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Also store bought juice has been found to contain molds and fungi in it which can be really hard on an overloaded system.

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Barefootmystic July 18, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Just like antibiotics, pasteurization wipes out all the good bacteria making room for more bad bacteria to grow.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:53 AM

so it’s not that bottled juice doesn’t work with gello. It’s that bottled juice just isn’t a great choice consumption

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imblst July 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM

that is correct…may as well get all the bang for your buck (and effort)

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I wonder if it’s ok to use it for my water kefir? I use organic bottled juices. It’s not dead when it’s kefir”ized”. I’m assuming it’s like using pasteurized milk to make milk kefir? Not ideal- but not harmful?

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imblst July 19, 2011 at 4:54 PM

i have a friend who used pasturized store bought milk to make kefir… surprizingly, the grains multiply like crazy!

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 5:00 PM

My grandma used to make yogurt all the time with pasteurized milk. It tasted really good!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:41 PM

That’s it. You have too many cool things that you need to teach me, riceinmay. Get ready for a house guest!!!

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:05 PM

LOL~ Come on down!!!!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:17 PM

You better watch out, I just might!

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:11 PM

let me know when… Riceinmay will be having another guest and two kids…ha. I promise I will pay for room and board while I am there as to not clean you out ! haha

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Can you pay for my room and board too, Bethany?

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Can I come too, Riceinmay?

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Sounds like a party!!!!

I’ve asked a couple times- but if anyone is answering- keep missing it.

Are any of you guys planning on/hoping to attend the WAP convention here in Dallas in November?

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:20 PM

I have no idea at the moment…..

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:36 PM

riceinmay – are you going? If they had it in Grand Rapids MI I would find some way to go…. for sure.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM

I’m sure planning on it! Last year is was in PA – but I didn’t find out about it till about 2 weeks before. I so desperately wanted to go :-D

Glad it’s in Dallas this time!

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:37 PM

We could split a hotel room! How fun would that be???? :-D

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 2:39 PM

That would be awesome! How about all three of us to one room! I can sleep on the floor; I honestly don’t mind at all.

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:23 PM

seriously that would be sooo much fun…. I am so different than all the people I know with the way we live life and my interests that I don’t really connect with people that well… I am not a social misfit, it’s just you can only talk about surface type topics for so long… I would love to have a good friend who I could cook for and with and make ferments together and actually get excited when I start talking about the most recent book I am reading… usually on God, parenting, or health… Perhaps someday.

Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:24 PM

are you guys all odd to your friends or do you have ones that really understand and relate? If so you are blessed…. and in the meantime I am thankful to have gotten to know all you ladies !

riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:48 PM

I understand what you are talking about Bethany!!! It’s hard to find a kindred spirit these days!!!
I’ve really really enjoyed you ladies too!

I look forward to keeping up communications with you after the contest is over :-D

Erica July 21, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Awww, thanks Bethany!!! We all have to meet up in person, really we should!!!

FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Bethany, I am odd to all my friends.
The only thing I have in common with most people is CHOCOLATE!!! Phhht.

jsb July 18, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I can’t find on the Great Lakes website where they specifically state they use pastured animals. I’d prefer to order this brand because it is available on amazon.com so I can use my prime membership but I don’t want it if it is made from commercial beef and pork. Can anyone, anyone at all help answer this? :)

Many thanks!!

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smooremsu July 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM

I can’t find it either… on the Great Lakes site or the Bernard Jensen site…

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smooremsu July 18, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I did just see that Dr. Thomas Cowan recommends the Great Lakes gelatin, though… http://fourfoldhealing.com/universal-resources/.

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cheeseslave July 18, 2011 at 1:43 PM

I can’t find it either but someone posted a link to a reference somewhere on my Facebook page.. it’s so hard to dig up old Facebook posts!

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imblst July 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM

i’m not sure, but i think i actually called them to find out they are pastured and grass fed. i use great lakes w/confidence i’m eating a good thing!

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Abby H. September 10, 2011 at 8:17 PM

I know this is a little late, but on this page, they do state that their cattle are grass-fed. I’d only use the kosher stuff anyways, so I wanted to know about the beef gelatin!
http://greatlakesgelatin.com/consumer/FAQs.php

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FoodRenegade July 20, 2011 at 11:33 AM

After your comment I simply called them to ask. ALL their bovine gelatin is made from 100% grass-fed Argentinian and Brazilian cows. I don’t know why they don’t advertise this on their website. Seems like it would be a great selling point…

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Thanks foodrenegade! I agree- HUGE selling point. Btw- LOVE you picture!!!!

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Thanks FoodRenegade for this info!

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Barefootmystic July 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Does anyone know where to buy these brands in Canada?

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Sonia July 18, 2011 at 11:26 AM

I would like to know this too. Although I bought some other brand just to try making jello with I’d love to try a “good” brand

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Jaclyn July 18, 2011 at 1:04 PM

I’m wondering this too!

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cheeseslave July 18, 2011 at 1:43 PM

CAn you order on Amazon? I bought the Great Lakes gelatin on Amazon.

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Sonia July 18, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Shipping to Canada is ridiculous. :/ More than the gelatin itself.. and Amazon.ca does’nt carry it

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Sonia July 18, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Oh and that was for the BJ brand the great lakes ships directly from amazon and they dont’ ship that to Canada :(

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Barefootmystic July 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Shoot! I wonder if NOW brand gelatin is any good, we can at least get that up here.

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ofthec July 19, 2011 at 2:19 AM

Ok total heresay but some posted on the web that they contacted NOW foods and they are MSG free. You could contact them and ask about pastured animals. I use there’s but am a little unsure.

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Hi Ofthec,

I wonder how the NOW foods brand is, too. I’m not forsure if the gelatin is from cows raised on pasture though.

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Barefootmystic July 19, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Just wanted to let everyone know that I found an Organic Gelatin supplier here in Canada.

http://www.gobiofood.com

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imblst July 19, 2011 at 4:57 PM

yay for you!

FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Yay! I am glad you found one. So does that mean you cannot order from Amazon in Canada?

Erica July 20, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Yea, Barefootmystic. You should try Amazon, too. I think they are much cheaper, and you can get free shipping with orders over $25 (I think).

FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 5:43 PM

If you can order from amazon.com, both brands are there.

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Ian May 4, 2013 at 7:13 AM

I see that Bulk Barn carries gelatin in Canada. http://www.bulkbarn.ca/en-ca/products.html?product=1757&search=gelatin
Does anyone know if this is good quality? I will email Bulk Barn and post a response if I receive one.

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Bethany July 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM

yaaa…. I LOVE GELLO !

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Sonia July 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Whoo, just got some gelatin the other day and have been waiting for this post. Thanks!

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Jaclyn July 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM

This looks super yummy! Motivation to find some good gelatin – anyone know a good place to order it online in Canada? Or where to get these brands in Vancouver? Thanks!

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cheeseslave July 18, 2011 at 1:44 PM

I found Bernard Jensen at Vitamin Shoppe

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Karen A. July 19, 2011 at 4:05 PM

I will have to check that at the Vitamin Shoppe. We actually have one here!

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Barefootmystic July 19, 2011 at 1:27 PM

http://www.gobiofood.com

They are an organic supplier here in Canada.

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Jennifer July 18, 2011 at 12:05 PM

My mother used to make a jello dish for holidays that was made with lime jello, canned pink grapefruit and avocado. She made a sauce mixing a little sour cream (or mayonaise) with the grapefruit juice (I think) to pour over it. I just loved it! I have tried using Knudsen’s lime juice and it was just gross! Do you have any suggestions on how much fresh lime juice and any dilution with water needed to make it a palatable lime jello? I would love to have this as a healthy dish again. I hate to waste the fruit with failed experiments because its not that easy for me to get limes. (I did get 35 wild red salmon yesterday though. Yay!)
Thanks for any help.

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cheeseslave July 18, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Just squeeze some limes and add honey to taste

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 7:50 AM

You got 35 wild salmon? How many pounds? Sounds absolutely awesome? Where did you get them?

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Jennifer July 19, 2011 at 9:42 AM

The red run has started in the Kenai River and for the first time in 20 some years we were able to get there at the right time and dipnet and get our limit in one day for our family. Then you have to clean and process them! I don’t know for sure how many pounds, but we did take 10 filets (5 fish) in to a processor and those came in at a total of 19.2 pounds so we have probably 3-4 pounds per fish. We are blessed to have an abundance of clean protein up here in Alaska. If only my husband liked to hunt!

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Wow, that is absolutely fantastic. My husband’s grandfather used to go to Alaska every year for the salmon run, but he is passed away many years now. He liked to hunt as well, but my husband didn’t inherit that passion unfortunately.

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Wow! That is awesome, Jennifer!

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Wow! That’s sooo incredibly awesome! I love the idea of being able to live off the bounty of the land!!!

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 1:10 PM

all I can say is wow… how fantastic !

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kirstenmichelle July 18, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Oh man, cold homemade jello would be heavenly right now.

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Soli July 18, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Wow, this is brilliant. I nixed the idea of ever eating jello again years ago. Might have to give this a try!

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Alice July 18, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Gelatin, especially kombucha gell-o, is my favorite new thing. I’m not sure if I love it because of the raw cream, or because it’s just good.

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riceinmay July 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM

you top it with cream, or did you mix the cream in with the gelatin?

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coconutfreek July 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM

yummmm, both would be good. mix it in and put it on top too. :-)

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 11:32 AM

LOL! Can’t have too much cream right? I sent hubby to get some grass fed cream today. Gonna make some Panna Cotta

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I don’t think you could ever have too much cream :)

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Karen A. July 19, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Cream is a health food.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:06 PM

preach it sister!

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Karen A. July 20, 2011 at 8:43 AM
riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Waaaa :-(

He forgot the cream at work!!!!! No panna cotta for me
At least it’s in the fridge- so it’s not getting ruined- but i sure wish He would have brought it home!

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ngabriel July 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM

mmmm!!!! I wish I had some cream from grass-fed cows!! ;( WOW! I wonder where i can get some! The dairy farm where I get my milk doesn’t do it.. and I can’t figure out how on earth to scrape mine off in a gallon jar! Then it gets all mixed up! Lol!

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM

We get ours from a local health food store. It is low heat pasteurized, and grass-fed!

I don’t know where you live- but maybe you could find this brand near you?
It’s called:
Kalona Super Natural Organic Whipping Cream

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:45 PM

I let the gallon of milk sit until the cream floats to the top and then I use a turkey baster to get the cream off the top. It is not perfect, but it is good enough for most purposes. Another thing I have tried it pouring the milk into a gravy separator and letting it sit in the fridge until it separates and then pour off the milk.

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM

turkey baster… that is a good idea… I don’t know that I would have thought about that…I would have tried a spoon probably. I am going to kefirize some cream since I can have that pretty soon on GAPS… I need the high fat dairy…not the high protein dairy :-( for now anyway

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imblst July 23, 2011 at 5:53 AM

i have kefired cream… it’s wonderful… now i’m gonna try to make butter from it!!! :)

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HollymMead July 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Will bottled juices (Santa Cruz, or Knudsen’s organic) cause the recipe to fail (not set, etc.), or is the prohibition against the bottled juices just that they have had the dickens heated out of them and are nutritionally bankrupt compared to their fresh-squeezed compadres?

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coconutfreek July 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM

I think it’s because canned stuff doen’t have much if any food value. :-( BUt, the gelatin is still good for you. :-)

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 5:45 PM

HollymMead, the latter.

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Sarah, the healthy home economist explains the benefits juicing your own juice from fresh apples here on this video. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/2010/08/video-healthy-jello-dessert/

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 1:11 PM

I love Healthy Home Economist ! She is tied with cheeseslave for my fav. blog…

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Me, too! Amazing blogs!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:46 PM

I only have time for one blog right now. :-)

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM

lol… i don’t even have time for this blog right now

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Are you kidding me? Have you looked at the score board lately, Bethany?

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:47 PM

yeah well I don’t responsibly have time for it but 1) I really enjoy it and 2) I would like to win.

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:55 PM

however I feel like riceinmay is going to just kick my broth filled butt… lol So in my darker moments I considered throwing in the proverbial towel.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:46 PM

LOL- don’t throw in the towel. Sides- I can’t see to get any closer than 3000 points away. I swear – it’s like you are a jackrabbit……close one moment- gone the next!!!!

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:25 PM

lol when I looked at the points after dinner I thought to myself “self…… you just need to be up by 3000 pts and then riceinmay will feel defeated again” or something like that…haha

riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:51 PM

LOL!!! Glad to know my feelings of defeat lead to a better nights sleep for you!

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:45 AM

laughing out loud x 10. great now i gotta pee….

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Bethany July 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM

it’s all that broth… it goes through you like crazy… I have doubled my toilet paper usage this past 2 weeks… I tell ya’

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:43 AM

ditto

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shayndel July 18, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Hello Ann Marie,
FYI: I just called Bernard Jensen to check on the source of their gelatin, and they told me that it comes from “a combination of pastured and feedlot animals.” On further questioning, it sounded like it was mostly form commercial manufacturers.

Great Lakes said their gelatin comes from grass fed beef.

I love your blog and your recipes!

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coconutfreek July 18, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Oh, thank you for this info. I was going to order gelatin tonight…. I guess I won’t do the Jensen brand.

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 7:26 AM

great info…thanks

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Yes, Now it is a not brainer which brand to choose. Thanks for getting the info.

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Oh wow! Thanks, Shayndel! This is very good to know. I wonder if the NOW brand is like that to?

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Wow! Glad I have the GL sitting in the kitchen.

I thought the BJ brand was recommended in the WAP guidebook- or whatever it’s called……

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Maybe they’ve recently changed practices???

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I think it still is in the WAPF shopping guide.

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:17 AM

That is sad….and I just bought some off of Ebay (5 bottles) at an awesome price…ugh! Oh well I will use regardless..

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 7:14 AM

I wouldn’t stress about it! It’s still a more natural gelatin than say Knox or Jello brand. BJ is still a lower processed gelatin without MSG- so enjoy!

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 7:46 AM

No, I am not going to stress about it at all…just frustrating to learn that….going to enjoy every bit of it when it comes!!! ;)

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knitwit23 July 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Why do you need to take the pulp out of the juice?

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imblst July 19, 2011 at 5:23 PM

i don’t think you would have to remove the pulp. i’ve made gello with applesauce..(homemade)… and it worked. sooooo i’m thinking pulp would work too. i don’t like to strain if i can avoid it.

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:47 PM

I pureed strawberries in the blender with coconut milk and it made great gelatin. IT is just not clear (translucent) like the gello in the picture.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM

man! I’m going crazy! It seems like there is an official name for gelatin made with cream – but for the life of me- I can’t figure out what it is :-P

Sounds yummy non the less!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:18 PM

creamello? ;-)

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 8:54 AM

YUM!!!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:21 PM

My aunt makes ribbon jello. She layers different colors of jello (Jello brand) in a 9X13 pan with a white gelatin layer in between ( I think sour cream makes it white or maybe cool whip). I know that she has to wait for each layer to set before she makes the next, so the colors remain distinct from each other. I want to try to recreate this dessert the healthier way.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Ok- you could totally do this.

Layer fruit gello. Maybe apple juice gello, then grape juice gello, then panna cotta, and on and on.

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Wow, sounds good!

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:50 AM

that sounds like a super fun idea. You could do red, white, and blue for the 4th or different colors for different holidays. I love pretty food:)

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emilyk July 22, 2011 at 2:43 PM

My grandma used to make this too. Hers was called Christmas Ribbon Salad, and we had it as part of Christmas dinner. The layers were red and green Jello with white in the middle (which is actually lemon jello and salad dressing and I forget what else.)

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:44 PM

By the way, riceinmay, are you following me? I feel like you are following me. :-)

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Actually I think it’s the other way around – you keep posting on my post- and then asking me a question. It would be quite rude to ignore you :-P

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:22 PM

farmerkimberly is just paranoid…it’s all the broth, it’s getting to her head !

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Yea, and it’s spilling out of her ears, too!

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 12:57 PM

feels that way huh?

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FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Nope, you are following me.

Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:19 AM

Sounds yummy!

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:49 PM

I was thinking of panna cotta. That’s cream/milk with gelatin. So it sounds to me like you made a variation of coconut strawberry panna cotta :-D

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:48 AM

i did the same with raspberries and coconut milk and it was so yummy. It did have little seeds throughout

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Molly July 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Dang it. I’ve been eating little Sugar Free Jellos lately as my low carbing diet snack.
But I do have some gelatin (not as good as you recommend) that I can use until I can afford the good stuff. I eat Jello every day as a “palate cleanser”. So I will definitely start making my own with some good organic frozen fruit, etc. Thank you for the recipe. I was reading Sally’s jello recipes last night out of Nourishing Traditions since its so hot out right now.

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Molly July 18, 2011 at 2:02 PM

P.S. I am really jealous that you can get raw cream in CA. I can only get raw milk here in Indiana.

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Me, too! It is hard to evem get raw milk where I live. You have to be a part of a cow share program, and there are waiting lists!

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imblst July 19, 2011 at 5:34 PM

it’s a real shame we have to fight for the right to get raw milk. i have raw milk and cream available just 10 minutes away.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 6:20 PM

I know. It’s so frustrating. I can get raw milk- but even so, there is so much harassment for the raw milk dairies. It’s hard not to get worked up!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Raw milk illegal. Cigarettes and twinkies and pop tarts legal.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Doesn’t make sense does it????

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:28 PM

nope

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:27 AM

Totally frustrating!!!

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 8:51 AM

What country do we live in?

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 8:53 AM

You don’t like twinkies and pop tarts, Farmer Kim?

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:51 AM

definitely something wrong with this

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I belong to a herdshare. (cow share.)

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 9:34 AM

I think there should be a cigarette share or a pop tart share ;)

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:52 PM

can you imagine the public outcry???

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 2:44 PM

LOL! I can see people screaming in the streets!

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Karen A. July 19, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Raw milk is illegal in Louisiana so I am not getting any!

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Are you at least able to find raw cheese, Karen A.?

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Karen A. July 20, 2011 at 8:46 AM

I just recently found grass fed cheese and was all excited. I will have to broaden my scope to see if raw is available.

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Hi Karen A.,

If you can’t find raw cheese, then the pasteurized, grass fed cheese should be ok.

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Also,

Be sure to consume plenty of bone broth, too.

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Karen A. July 20, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Working on my next batch right now!

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Karen A. July 20, 2011 at 12:55 PM

I will have to make the trek to Whole Foods to see what they have. Last time I was there I was focused on coconut flour and ghee. That was before I read up on all this other stuff.

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:24 PM

karen A. Buya goat or cow… I know easier said than done… lol

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:32 PM

What if she lives in the middle of a city?

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Ya know what drives me nuts? There is an unused empty HUGE lot (1-2 acres) behind my house. I find myself dreaming about sneaking a cow onto the land to graze. Hey, then the owner wouldn’t have to pay to have someone come and mow!

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:53 AM

I think thats a great idea. Down with lawnmowers up with grazing cows.

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FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 10:05 PM

YES, get a cow! or a couple sheep — easier to manage.

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Karen A. July 20, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Ok I just lol’d at that. The neighbors might balk, the husband would balk, and (would need to verify) I’m thinking not allowed in my neighborhood. Or I certainly would. I’d be into having a chicken coop too!

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:57 PM

if she lives in the middle of the city… hmm….. she could just build a really big dog house and pretend she has a dog… the neighbors might get suspicious with all the mooing going on but she could just make up a new inbred gene spliced breed of dog !! :-)

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:58 PM

It would be like Clifford… sorry… my son and daughter love clifford…ya’ know the big red dog !

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Karen A. July 20, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Lol! I like Clifford too.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Well then you just need to get a mute miniature cow :-D

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:54 AM

oh my goodness Bethany you are too funny. I am not just saying that to leave a comment I think it’s the 3rd time I have literally laughed out loud at something you said. Perhaps I am just delirious with all the broth!

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Erica July 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM

I think you are drunk from drinking too much broth ;)

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imblst July 19, 2011 at 5:30 PM

if you get raw milk, you can skim the cream

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:32 AM

I am able to get raw milk here in Pa, I do skim the cream off. I wish I could buy cream by the gallon…hoping this will happen soon!

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emilyk July 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM

We live in UT and I called every dairy in the state to try and find raw cream last year. Turns out, it’s illegal to sell raw cream in UT. (Also turns out, one dairy does anyway.) :)

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Molly July 18, 2011 at 2:28 PM

I have a hopefully not too stupid of a question. I’ve been trying to get away from plastic and aluminum. I noticed you have jello in a plastic mold. Is it not dangerous if it is cold stuff?

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coconutfreek July 18, 2011 at 5:09 PM

It might be silicone.

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FarmerKimberly July 18, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Is silicone safer than plastic?

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ofthec July 19, 2011 at 2:22 AM

I looked into silicone awhile ago and found it to be safe but don’t remember why.

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 7:29 AM

yeah, I thought silicone was safe as well… and I don’t remember where I read it either.

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:52 PM

If silicone is safe, then why are leaky transplants bad. Just thinking.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:15 PM

LOL- cast iron is safe for cooking in-
but if I had cast iron implants- and those started leaking- that would be really bad for my health too!!!!!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:29 PM

STOP making me laugh out loud when my kids are sleeping. LOL

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:29 PM

and i said transplants instead of implants. LOL. it is late. I am tired.

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:30 PM

How would you stand up with CAST IRON implants. LOL LOL LOL. Now you did it, I woke my son.

riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Wait? I did it? I think YOU woke him up. And LOL- I didn’t even notice you wrote “transplant” instead of “implants”

riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:34 PM

That’s ok- I can’t stop laughing- imagining cast iron implants!!!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:45 PM

OUCH!

Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:35 AM

Oh my!!! You ladies are too funny!! I didn’t even notice the “transplants” either….LOL!

Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:26 PM

oh my gosh…. that is hilarious… you guys are WAY too funny !!!

Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:27 PM

cast iron transplants would create some serious sagging issues !!!

Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Funny conversation guys!!!

riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM

lol!!!! Sagging- um ya!!!! Can you imagine the back pain?????

Brings new meaning to “over the shoulder boulder holders”?

Bethany July 20, 2011 at 1:02 PM

hahahaha I have never heard that before… you would probably use them as self defense if it were ever needed… pow-wah take that clink, clang, klunk… you’ll think twice about messing with me again!

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:58 AM

My son keeps saying “what, what?” because I’m laughing so hard I’m crying. How do I explain this to a six year old?!?!?!?!

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:56 AM

Too funny, There can always be too much of a good thing. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my cast iron. It’s the ultimate non stick

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:56 AM

oops I mean my pans NOT my implants LOL

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Bethany July 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM

ofthec – what brand cast iron do you use? I have not bought one yet, but would like to…eventually

Erica July 21, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Lodge is a good brand.

FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 10:08 PM

so, you are saying that you don’t love your implants?

ofthec July 22, 2011 at 7:23 AM

Bethany I have Lodge

FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Now I am LOL.

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ofthec July 22, 2011 at 7:24 AM

kim I’m very happy with my implants

ofthec July 22, 2011 at 7:24 AM

just kidding i have no implants

coconutfreek July 18, 2011 at 5:08 PM

THis sounds good. I have only used juice, canned, in the past, although it has been organic. I bet this has a much fresher taste.

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hottiern12 July 18, 2011 at 5:38 PM

I gotta try this on my 4hb cheat day! This might make yummy popsicles too. My mom made popsicles with jell-o and kool aid when we were growing up. This sounds like a better idea and might work well too. I’ll have to try it!

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 11:35 AM

frozen gello??? I’m intrigued!

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Frozen gello sounds great to me!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Hmmmmm, I guess I will give it a try. After I try riceinmay’s lemon gello.

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:31 PM

frozen jello…my kids will love that… I need to get some Popsicle molds

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 2:59 AM

ever heard of jello pops when you were a kid

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Karen A. July 21, 2011 at 9:19 AM

I remember that, too hottiern12.

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Karen A. July 18, 2011 at 5:47 PM

My grandmother encouraged jello eating to make nails strong and when I was young I wanted those strong and long fingernails so badly!

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 7:29 AM

who knew…. :-)

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 11:36 AM

grandma knew!

Seriously- I think back to some of the things my great grandmother did, and suggested with awe. At the time I thought she was just silly- but now I understand!

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 1:12 PM

yeah it’s like common sense skipped a generation and we’re the results having to learn it all over again.

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 1:23 PM

LOL! So true, Bethany! It’s pretty sad that we have to learn everything again. I’m glad we have the internet!!!

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:36 AM

I too am so thankful for the internet!!! Wow it has made a HUGE difference in my life!

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 6:25 PM

It’s not that common sense skipped- it’s that we gave up critical thinking and instead just accept the word of the “authorities”. Ridiculous!

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 6:56 PM

you are right that is a much better way to say it…

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 1:25 PM

I only have to go back to my grandmothers on both sides of my family since they all grew up in different countries, and ate their traditional diets.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Oh wow! That’s a blessing. Both my grandparents are seriously overweight- very unhealthy and unquestionably buy into all the low fat, sugar free garbage!!!!

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Actually, I can go back to my father, too. He grew up on a traditional diet, as well.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

So I’ve seen you several times say that you live with the Eskimos in south america. What does that mean? Where is that? I didn’t know of any Eskimos anywhere near the equator……

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM

LOL! Do you really think i live with the Eskimos? Do you also really think the Eskimos live in South America? Think about it…..

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 7:33 PM

I live in New York.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 10:03 PM

I know :-D Buffalo area :-D

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Erica July 21, 2011 at 7:21 AM

How did you know?

FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Because I hired a private investigator to look you up and then I told Rice.

Karen A. July 21, 2011 at 9:19 AM

I grew up in Rochester.

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Karen A. July 19, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I guess I remember also that Knox used to include in their advertising “Knox for nails.”

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imblst July 19, 2011 at 5:39 PM

seems like mom used to make knox blocks… sound familiar to anyone?

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 6:32 PM

I had never heard of those. I googled them :-D

Looks like they were/are jello with extra unflavored gelatin.

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Oh yes, my mom always made knox blox for picnics. We loved them. I also remember throwing them up at the ceiling and they would stick there. LOL (It was jello made with extra gelatin, making them hard and rubbery. you would make a 9×13 pan of them and cut them into blocks.)

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:15 PM

ewww! Sticking to the ceiling????

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Hey, we were kids, my cousins and I would throw them up in my grandma’s kitchen and they would stick . . . for a while. Then we would wait and watch (and giggle) while the unsuspecting adults came in the room. And wait and watch. . . . and wait and watch . . . and then plop, one would fall and land on someone’s head. hee hee. Then Grandma would yell and chase all the kids out of the kitchen. Ahhhh, those were the days.

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:32 PM

haha…naughty, naughty… but very funny

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imblst July 23, 2011 at 5:46 AM

no refrigeration required??? just curious .. please let me know

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:39 AM

Yep, I remember them!!!

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Karen A. July 20, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Yes and in remembrance of those tasty knox blox, i just tried making similar with red zinger tea. Will have to wait to see if they get firm like that.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Oh brilliant!

I don’t use fruit juice- cause I don’t want that much sugar. But I never even thought of herbal teas. I’m loving this idea. I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks.

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Karen A. July 20, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Sometimes I get a good one! ;) I just tasted a piece. Yum! and it is totally unsweetened. I’m thinking my yogi green tea with goji berry next. Also, dipping herbal knox blox in cream!

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:01 AM

I made it with tea too but I think I should have added honey. THey didn’t taste so good

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Karen A. July 21, 2011 at 9:21 AM

I guess I am used to drinking unsweetened tea.

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Great idea with the tea!

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 7:57 AM

I noticed this week that my nails are growing like crazy and that my thumb nail that never needs cutting is now in need of cutting! It must be working!

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM

that is awesome, I will be looking forward to my nails getting stronger, they have always been a bit weak

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Wow Sewpretty13! It is amazing what bone broth and real gelatin can do!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 9:55 PM

My great grandma and great aunt made all the healthy foods. And modern society took them and tried to mass produce cheaper and faster, ruining them and making them non-food.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:17 PM

exactly! well said!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:35 PM

What are you still doing awake? Go to sleep.

Oh wait, I am one hour later than you.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:50 PM

LOL!!!! You just want me to go to bed so that you can try to pass me in the points :-P

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:40 AM

You two are funny!!!

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:35 PM

it’s a vicious competition… I tell ya’ !!!!! ha

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 3:36 PM

It wouldn’t be if you and pinkbrea both stepped down :-P

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:31 PM

ahh but it would…. cause you would be the target then… I am worried at the end you are going to pull an all nighter and just comment away!!!! lol

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 10:05 PM

no way…….

no pull an all-night broth drinking session???Hmmmm might have to give that some thought :-P

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:04 AM

hey great idea rice!

Bethany July 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM

ahhh….no no…NOT a great idea… what have I done????

riceinmay July 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM

oh- no you guys are confused! Staying up all night drinking broth- thats MY plan- you can’t copy

Clee July 18, 2011 at 8:23 PM

I cannot WAIT to make this with my grandchildren! Thank you!

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ofthec July 19, 2011 at 2:04 AM

It seems that I need more gelatin to make a firmer jello with fresh squeezed juice than store bought. Have you found this to be true and why?

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 11:38 AM

hmmm- I don’t know why. But that might be the difference in the amount of gelatin used my Ann Marie, and what I’ve been doing? (I’m not using fresh juice- only kefir)

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:06 AM

I figured out it was because i didn’t heat the juice

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ofthec July 19, 2011 at 2:06 AM

Oh! I also just do this in the blender. I get the juice going and just add the gelatin then you don’t have to heat your juice OR you can just dissolve the gelatin in a little bit of hot water and add this to the juice.

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:05 AM

nope, just kidding. YOU DO NEED TO HEAT it or it won’t work

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Pamela July 19, 2011 at 2:47 AM

Thanks for the info on these two brands Bernard Jensen / Great Lakes, I had never heard of them. Been ions since I’ve ever purchased Jello brand jello and don’t help myself to any when at potlucks, etc… Over the years I’ve made my own homemade jello using Knox gelatin but will check out these 2 brands now. I would use only unsweetened fruit juices, bottled or freshly squeezed with a little honey added if any to the gelatin. Gelatin made with real fruit juices may be missing the “bright” rainbow of artificial colors – but the flavor and nutrition is healthier for you.

Curious Ann Marie…….the reason behind being a registered user to comment on your site? Is is for security reasons or what?

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 3:47 AM

Hi Pamela,

It is for the bone broth competition.

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imblst July 19, 2011 at 5:42 PM

i don’t need the bright colors….. just give me the nutrition

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:00 PM

ditto

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:41 AM

Absolutely!

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:07 AM

amen!

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Erica July 21, 2011 at 7:23 AM

Yep, it is all about nutrition. So forget the Fruit Loops!

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Sonia July 19, 2011 at 4:46 AM

Could you use water kefir to make homemade jello?

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 7:59 AM

I’m sure you could just like you could kombucha. I think it is a matter of whether you like the taste.

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 8:01 AM

yeah hat would be key… I used to not really like kombucha much but we love it now, its really grown on us.

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 8:06 AM

How do you make your kombucha, Bethany? Any special flavors?

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 11:41 AM

we mostly drink our K-tea plain, but I’ve found strawberry k-tea to be really good.

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM

riceinmay…. did you grow your own SCOBY? if not where did you buy it?

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 6:35 PM

I’ve done both. I recommend either growing your own, or getting on from a friend. Buying the dried ones take sooo long to get up and going. Well, I’m a little biased cause the first one I bought didn’t even work. I had to get a second one (although the company was great- and I didn’t have to buy the second one)

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 5:30 PM

The one I tasted from a friend I was visiting was strawberry. It was so yummy.

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Sewpretty13….right now I am buying G.T. Dave’s brand of kombucha and going through way too much of it at 3.45 a bottle but it’s like our only indulgence… but I am currently trying to grow a SCOBY to make my own, it is not growing and this Friday will be 2 weeks…. so I think I will just buy one.

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Wow, Bethany, that is expensive. I have never bought any Kombucha.. That is cool that you are trying to make your own. I have heard that it is possible.

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Hi Sewpretty13,

It is definitely possible to make Kombucha. I’ve heard that the homemade version tastes even better.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Homemade kombucha tea is DEFINITELY better than the store bought stuff!

Plus you can affect the flavor by your choice of tea. Everything from English Breakfast to Oolong tea.

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Hi Riceinmay,

Do you think the GT Kombucha is still ideal for now until I wait for the mother culture to explode in the gallon jug?

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Totally! If I was you I’d grab a bottle of plain GT kombucha and add that to your mix. It’ll help get your scoby up and going quicker :-D

Erica July 20, 2011 at 8:45 AM
ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:08 AM

hey thanks Erica

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Bethany,
Here is a link to see if there is some one in your area that is willing to share a SCOBY http://www.kombu.de/suche2.htm. I did find one guy who is willing to share one. I need to go get it now.

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 6:57 PM

thank you for the link !

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 6:36 PM

If you can’t find one local- I’ll share. I thought I already posted this- but I don’t see it anywhere.

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 6:58 PM

really like you would sell me one? how much? Here is my email spinachandsprouts@gmail.com you can give me the details there if you want…

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 7:25 PM

sure! If you could cover shipping cost that would be plenty :-D
My pleasure to get another kombucha culture started up in another area! I’ll shoot you an email too :-D

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Deja vu. You did post it above.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:18 PM

LOL- yeah I realize that now…..problem was I kept looking lower for my posting- not higher!

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:43 AM

Oh, well…just got you more points ;)

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Hi Bethany,

Do you make your Kombucha at home or buy it at the store?

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 1:14 PM

for now we buy it…. expensive…..

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 1:22 PM

So do I. I buy the GT brand, and is the best tasting Kombucha I’ve tried so far.

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imblst July 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

i keep 3 gallons of kombucha goin… it’s sooooooooooo healthy!!

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 6:38 PM

We run 5 gallons of kombucha, and 1.5 gallons of kefir at a time

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 6:59 PM

lol you guys are pros…. I can’t wait to get that stuff goin’

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 7:45 PM

I HIGHLY recommend using a continuous brew method for the kombucha. I did NOT have good success using that method with Kefir

Erica July 20, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Me, too! GT’s Kombucha is getting really expensive….. Sorry, Dave :(

Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:39 PM

what does continuous brew mean? Portion from the previous batch?

Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:40 PM

also, riceinmay… do you have a certain book or books that you would recommend on fermenting?

riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 2:18 PM

the most common type of brewing – is to brew the sweet tea, mix with scoby and starter, and then let brew (takes about 7 days).

The other is called continuous brew. You start with finished kombucha. You siphon off a portion (example: I have a 5 gallon batch- I draw off 1 gallon) and bottle. Then you add the same amount of fresh sweet tea (using normal kombucha proportions). This batch will finish much quicker, because it’s a higher ratio of fermented tea to sweet tea. So I bottle every couple of days, and at the same time if you miss a day or two it’s more forgiving.

riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Bethany- I’m really fond of wild fermentation. I am not a fan of whey fermenting (ect for fruit ferments). I think they give the finished product a funny off flavor. Reading wild fermentation gave me an understanding of how to ferment. I don’t follow the recipes- but I have great success just creating ones. I believe it’s because I learned some basic rules from WF.

Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:33 PM

thank you riceinmay… I appreciate it… i will be emailing you later… or just reading your blog when I get my grains and scoby !

Erica July 21, 2011 at 7:24 AM

I like the book “Wild Fermentation,” too.

Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:44 AM

Wow, I definitely need to check into continuous brew…

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Wow! How much kombucha do you drink in a day, Riceinmay?

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Well not nearly as much lately!!!!! LOL- broth is taking up most of my thirst :-D

My husband LOVES kombucha. I love that drinking it seems to have cut his beer cravings to almost nothing. Since he doesn’t drink cheap beers (only Belgium ales and the such) – Kombucha is waaay cheaper :-D

Sonia July 19, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Well I haven’t tried kombucha but I definitely like water kefir. ;) I’ll have to give it a try

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Sonia, I did water kefir for a while, but couldn’t keep up with it, since it was only me drinking it. I couldn’t get the others to be interested, probably because I didn’t add the right flavors at the end. Do you add anything to your water kefir Sonia?

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM

I’ve found that pretty much anyone likes either grape soda kefir, or apple juice kefir.

I add 1 cup of grape juice to a 1 liter bottle, and fill with finished water kefir. Let sit out an additional 4-8 hours (to build carbination- too long and you’ll be cleaning kefir up :-D ). Then put in the fridge!

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM

riceinmay, do you have your kefir water and kombucha recipes on your blog?

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Yeah- I have kefir water on my blog. I since streamlined my process. I’ll update it tomorrow :-D

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM

sweet, I am going to check it out !

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:06 PM

me, too. I am going to check it out. . . . as soon as this challenge is over and I am not spending hours reading and commenting on Cheeseslave.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:19 PM

you’ve already been on my blog :-D Saw a comment come across my email box from you!

FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Yes, I looked at it briefly to see if you had contact info. . . . I didn’t want to keep posting personal messages to you on Cheeseslave’s blog.

Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:48 AM

I am checking it out too….do you have your kombucha recipe on their as well? Thanks for sharing!

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:53 AM

Love to see the streamlined one…definitely like streamlining!!

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Sonia July 19, 2011 at 6:25 PM

I usually add the juice of one lemon and let it ferment over night again.. I would do another 24 hrs but we drink it too fast to wait that long. lol I have 2 batches going at a time each with 48hr regular ferments. So one is ready every day. If I don’t have any lemons at the time I’ll just put a strawberry or 2 in it to flavour it that way.. both ways are yum!

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 2:25 PM

are you talking about kefir or kombucha?

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Hi Sonia,

I think you’ll absolutely love Kombucha! Try GT’s or other good brands of Kombucha first, and see if you like it.

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Sonia July 19, 2011 at 6:27 PM

I definitely want to try it first, never thought of just buying a bottle to taste though! Thanks! ;)

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Also,

Unless you don’t mind a pasteurized kombucha, I wouldn’t get the brand called “Wonderful Kombucha.”

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Yeah- and now celestial seasonings is making a kombucha. It is becoming a processed food! The additives they are starting to put in those things!!!

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

I know…. LEAVE KOMBUCHA ALONE.. OK, BIG CORPORATIONS?

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:37 PM

what ??? for real??? crazy, I agree Erica… just leave it alone so it doesn’t become a super over processed product!

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Sonia July 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM

*sigh* what else is new.. big company’s just try to corrupt all good ‘foods’ :(

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 11:44 AM

water kefir jello is the only kind I’ve made. It’s awesome :-D Tingly on your tongue.

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Sonia July 19, 2011 at 6:28 PM

haha I must try it then.. do you do it the same as if it was made with juice?

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Yup :-D

I really love it! I’m using kefir fruit “soda pop”. I’ve done grape soda kefir, pomegranate soda kefir, and black cherry soda kefir

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Sonia July 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Ok I tried it today.. we’ll see how it turns out!

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 3:44 PM

well? how did it turn out?

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Sonia July 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM

It was okay.. BUT I had used palm sugar and white sugar for this specific batch of kefir which gives it a stronger taste that I’m not that fond of. I think it’ll be better if I make a batch of kefir with just white sugar for a milder taste.

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM

which is better for you, kombucha or water kefir?

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:20 PM

in my opinion? Hands down the water kefir gello wins!!!!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Why?

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 9:46 AM

I just think it taste better. I love drinking kombucha- but the fruity flavor comes through really well with kefir gello

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Erica July 21, 2011 at 7:27 AM

Wow, I got to try the kefir gello.

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Definitely want to make kefir gello!

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Oh wow! I misread your question. I thought you were asking which made a better gello.

Kefir and kombucha are both excellent- for different reasons. I personally believe that they work great together. Kombucha is a detoxer and contains glutaric acid. Kefir contains powerful probiotics. Powerful enough to retard salmonella and ecoli in lab test :-D

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FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Thank you.

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ofthec July 22, 2011 at 7:28 AM

that’s awesome!

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imblst July 24, 2011 at 6:46 AM

i drink um both… and sometimes even mix um together… also… add in a bit of milk kefir for a nice touch too!

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Joy July 19, 2011 at 7:44 AM

Have you called the two gelatin makers to verify they are pastured products? I couldn’t find anything on either site to indicate they were from pastured animals but I’d be interested in definite confirmation.

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Joy July 19, 2011 at 7:47 AM

Whoops, didn’t see the links in the comment above…thanks!

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 8:20 AM

going to the local store looking for gelatin before ordering.

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM

My local Publix (grocery store) has a huge huge natural foods section, but no natural gelatin. I did find some lamb neck bones and pork hocks. Almost bought the pork hocks but kept visualizing all the bad stuff that was given to pork, so didn’t buy them.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 10:37 AM

145 comments? We can really getting going on a conversation huh? Poor Ann Marie- trying to keep up with it all!

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 1:13 PM

LOL!!! I wonder if she is really read all of our comments though….

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 1:16 PM

lol…. I bet she reads most since she seems to comment now and then…

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:50 AM

I bet she hasn’t had this much traffic on her blog….amazing what a contest will do! ;)

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 1:08 PM

yeah she’s probably contacting all her advertisers and showing them how much traffic she gets so she can up their rates…lol

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Heehee- that’s a smart move!

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:23 AM

i certainly hope so she must pay for our prizes somehow!

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Erica July 21, 2011 at 7:27 AM

You never know…….. ;)

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Hi everyone,

I had saved an email response a while back from the NOW Foods brand, and forgot that they said that they don’t monitor if the cows are on pasture or not. The gelatin comes from cows from USA, Brazil, Argentina or Mexico,

This is what they stated regarding the processing:

“Processing: Obtained by the alkaline or lime processing of a collagen derived from the skin, white connective tissues and bones of animals. The details and temperatures are kept proprietary.
MSG does not form in Gelatin. Natural Glutamic acid can become freed in the processing but this is of no consequence.”

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 12:02 PM

What do you think about the NOW Foods brand for gelatin?

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 12:03 PM

I’m not too fond with the fact that they don’t monitor their cows. However, I’m glad they don’t add any MSG to the gelatin.

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Yeah- but I guess if you really don’t have an option to get one of the other brands- then it’s a good back up

Kinda like eating conventional meat is certainly not ideal- but better than being vegan

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Yes, it is a good back up.

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:24 AM

or it’s already in your cupboard and you’re in the middle of a competition:)

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riceinmay July 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM

LOL! Yes that would DEFINITELY be a good reason to use it :-D

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asoftheday July 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM

I think it would be excusable then for sure!

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Hi everyone,

Since my Kombucha starter from Cultures for Life has remained in its plastic baggy it came from for months and is unopened, is it still good to use? Do you think the chemicals in the plastic leached into the Kombucha mother already?

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Erica, if I was you- I’d still use it. It’s a dried culture. It was probably stored that way long before it got shipped to you

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Thanks, Riceinmay! I don’t want to waste a perfectly good kombucha culture :)

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Does anyone know if the Now Foods gelatin is in the WAPF shopping guide?

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Ok- this is too funny!

I went to buy more gelatin from amazon. They are down to 6 left???? HMMMM- think that has ANYTHING to do with Cheeseslave’s contest :-D

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Wow! That is too funny! Those companies must be making big money right now!

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 4:47 PM

It would be sooo funny if this competition was featured on CNN or FOX news due to the unbelievable increase in sales!

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Poor cows…..

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imblst July 19, 2011 at 5:51 PM

maybe cheeseslave has stock in gelatin!!!! :) just kidding!!!

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Erica July 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM

You never know…………. ;)

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 6:44 PM

LOL- how do you think she’s paying for the prizes —– duh!~

:-P

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM

hahah – if she didn’t have stock in gelatin she should buy some !

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:25 AM

now we’re all off to buy stock in gelatin!

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Pretty soon we’ll be seeing advertisements on Cheeseslave’s blog for Bernard Jensen and Great Lakes ;)

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Oh my goodness!!!! LOL!!!! i misread your statement at first! I thought you said it WAS featured. I freaked out!

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Bethany July 19, 2011 at 7:02 PM

lol that woulda been awesome !

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Oh yeah, our bodily functions featured on CNN. Yikes.

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 12:54 PM

yes, a sample contestant code name: farmerkimberly has reported to have had loose stools during the first phases of the broth challenge, there was also a reported rise in addictive behavior during the course of July 2011…..thanks to our over paid scientists at Monsanto and their diligent investigative work we have seen a direct correlation of broth and gelatin intake and addictive behavior so the FDA is now warning that all bone broths and gelatin should be avoided, instead they are recommending a replacement of wholesome GMO soy milk, and JELL-O brand gelatin because we all know it’s loaded with chemicals anyway and has no resemblance to real gelatin…so it’s SAFE (this report brought to you by “just say no to broth”….stay safe ladies, stay drugged…err I mean healthy) that is it for tonight report tomorrow, a special investigative report on a little known blogger making waves that much be stopped…dun dun dun…. the CHEESESLAVE !!!!!!!!

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 1:47 PM

LOL!!! Bethany, you are too funny!!! You remind me of PinkBrea35756.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

LOL!!!! That was AWESOME

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 9:41 PM

lol thanks I had fun writing it… unfortunately it’s not too far from the truth… and I am not just referring to Farmerkimberly’s loose gello !!

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FarmerKimberly July 21, 2011 at 10:15 PM

OK. you tell me it ok to talk about personal stuff and then you make it into a freak show. Not instilling confidence that it is ok to talk about personal stuff. AND you have probably discussed my loose gello way more than I have mentioned chocolate.

ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:26 AM

best advertisement I’ve ever heard!

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imblst July 23, 2011 at 5:36 AM

funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and almost non-fictional, sad to say

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sewpretty13 July 19, 2011 at 8:48 PM

have you already used up a container? That was quick. How many batches of jello did it make?

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Oh goodness- I have NO idea how many “batches” it made. I’ve used it in so many random places, and made everything from gello to gummy bears. I haven’t used it 100% yet- but I’m about 6/8 finished. I didn’t wanna run out totally before I got more in :-D

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 3:53 PM

I’ve used it up now! Since I ate almost 100% of the gelatin I’ve made- that means I’ve consumed almost 1 pound (dry weight) of gelatin- all by myself!!!!!

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:29 AM

lol I had to buy a new one too. I wonder if it’s healthy to have THIS MUCH gelatin!

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Erica July 21, 2011 at 7:31 AM
Erica July 21, 2011 at 7:34 AM

If you are pregnant or even nursing, it is best to have a balance between foods high in glycine and those high in methionine. In other words, you need to provide proper balance for the amino acids.

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Erica July 21, 2011 at 7:35 AM

I wonder if this could be the same for theose who aren’t pregnant or nursing.

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Erica July 21, 2011 at 7:36 AM

However, I believe if you are sick or on the beginning stages of GAPS intro, you may need more gelatin since your body is needing to heal.

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asoftheday July 21, 2011 at 5:10 PM

do you realize you’ve become a “gelatin pusher”. don’t worry. i won’t tell any one!

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FarmerKimberly July 19, 2011 at 10:10 PM

TOTALLY

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:55 AM

That is funny!!! I know I was watching an auction online and wondered if any of you ladies were going to bid against me…but, no, I got it!!! Whew! ;)

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 7:28 AM

LOL!!!! Alisue- I never would have even thought of that. Too funny though- the idea of cheeseslave fans everywhere snatching up, and bidding on all good forms of gelatin!

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 8:25 AM

LOL!!!! Ricemay!!! That is too funny! I can definitely see it though…….

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 8:27 AM

And instead of having a food fight, there would be a bone broth fight!

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:30 AM

Lol I do the same kind of thing with my homeschool yahoo groups, I keep thinking I need to respond to EVERYTHING!

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riceinmay July 19, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I’ve eaten 8 TBS of gelatin today!!!!!!! That’s not even including the bone broth!!! Whoopy! Can’t wait to reap the health benefits on this one!

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Alisue July 20, 2011 at 6:57 AM

I can NOT wait for my gelatin to get here….

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM

8 TBS lol wow…. that is a bunch… Great Lakes and Bernard Jensen are going to wonder why they had such large sales in the month of July…. and then a mysterious drop off… if all else fails blame Obama…lol

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 1:45 PM

LOL, Bethany!!!! Yea because by August 2nd or 3rd, they have to come up with something for the budget crisis.

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 2:28 PM

LOL! I know right????

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:32 AM

No not Obama, they always blame Bush but really we should be blaming Clinton. Oh who am I kidding they are all evil politicians

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Erica July 21, 2011 at 7:45 AM

“In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way,” President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Bethany July 21, 2011 at 10:54 AM

I like that quote Erica…

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ofthec July 22, 2011 at 7:33 AM

oooh that’s good and a little scary

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Bethany July 21, 2011 at 10:54 AM

ofthec – agreed !!

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sewpretty13 July 20, 2011 at 7:55 AM

imblst

I noticed you had elderberry jello posted on the challenge page. I am collecting wild elderberries in our neighborhood. How did you make your jello?

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 8:05 AM

what a brilliant idea! I’m assuming it would have the same health properties as taking elderberry?

If so- that would be awesome! A cold and flu fighting gello????

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:32 AM

great idea. I will definitely be making some!

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Erica July 21, 2011 at 7:46 AM

Great idea, Sewpretty13!

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asoftheday July 21, 2011 at 5:08 PM

i can’t wait for my elderberries to ripen!!!

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riceinmay July 21, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Oh wow! You grow them? Are they hard to grow? What zone do you live in?

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asoftheday July 21, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I think “grow them” is too generous a term. :) If a bird poops, I have a new tree bursting from the earth in my yard! zone 5, eastern Iowa.

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imblst July 23, 2011 at 5:29 AM

I can’t remember the exact recipe… they do have to be cooked in a bit of water… this is the one time i broke my “don’t cook fruit” rule. then, i’m sure i added something to make it sweet… oh yeah, i did add some cream to the mix too. just use your basic recipe… and go with it.
I have had these in the freezer for a while and finally used them up! I purchased them at my local farm store.. they were locally grown.

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imblst July 23, 2011 at 5:30 AM

last nite i made a gello w/pureed strawberries, bananas and cream… it is yummy tooooooooooo!

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Hi Cheeseslave,

I, Bethany, Farmer Kim, Riceinmay, and Imblst (though she is way behind in the contest) have come to the conclusion that you should probably have some stock in gelatin sales. You’ld probably be a millionaire once this contest is over with.

P.S. Don’t forget to share that lovely fortune with us!

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Bethany July 20, 2011 at 1:06 PM

yeah as in do more drawing for things like stock pots… vita-mix and other relatively affordable items…ha. Seriously though I am grateful for her generosity

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Yea, me too!

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM

LOL- relatively affordable items???? You are too funny!

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asoftheday July 21, 2011 at 5:05 PM

I just bumped that gelatin stock up!

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riceinmay July 21, 2011 at 5:26 PM

welcome to the club!!!!

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asoftheday July 21, 2011 at 7:19 PM

thanks! i think i like it here!

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imblst July 23, 2011 at 5:26 AM

well…. thanks for including me in the fortune!!! even tho i’m waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind in this contest… i’m pretty competitive, but you guys are ROUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FarmerKimberly July 23, 2011 at 7:15 AM

I never said such a thing. Please don’t include me in having said things or believe things when I have made no such comment.

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Erica July 20, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Thanks Cheeslave for this contest, and all of the prizes!

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asoftheday July 21, 2011 at 5:06 PM

kiss-up! :)
(i am NOT being a sore loser!)
lol

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Laura July 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Thank you so much for posting this! I was looking into making homemade jello and found only recipes with tons of sugar……thanks for the recommendation on the Great Lakes gelatin–mine just arrived today! Off to make jello!

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Ok you guys! Here’s my latest updates to my lemon gummies

3/4 cup lemonaid kefir
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 Tbs gelatin
20 drops of sweet orange essential oil
a drizzle of honey (just a tiny bit- like 1/8 – 1/4 tsp)

These are awesome! I pop them into my mouth and let them melt :-D

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ofthec July 21, 2011 at 3:33 AM

oh yum, will definitely try. I kept seeing you post these and thinking I needed the recipe

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Erica July 21, 2011 at 7:47 AM

Great recipe, Riceinmay!

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imblst July 23, 2011 at 5:24 AM

question: do these gummies need refrigeration?

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imblst July 24, 2011 at 6:42 AM

these are GREAT!!!!!!!

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riceinmay July 20, 2011 at 6:36 PM

New flavor combination for gello

3 cups pureed melon
3 cups Riesling
4 Tbs gelatin

Enjoy :-D

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Erica July 21, 2011 at 7:48 AM

Another great recipe! You should look into becoming a chef :)

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Karen A. July 21, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Sounds good!

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riceinmay July 21, 2011 at 12:29 PM

this was too soft once set- like thick applesauce. I’m betting 5 tbs would work better

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asoftheday July 21, 2011 at 5:04 PM

I just ordered my gelatin so soon i too will be boozing it up with you ladies! haha!

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riceinmay July 21, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Do the strawberries and red wine- it’s the best :-D

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imblst July 21, 2011 at 9:54 AM

i just now came to realize that great lakes has pork or beef gelatin… hmmmmmmmm. i’ve written them as to the source of their pork… will let you know when i get the info.

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imblst July 21, 2011 at 2:13 PM

all they could tell me was they were raised on u.s. farms…

sooooo….. the beef is a probably a better choice

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asoftheday July 21, 2011 at 5:03 PM

I’m having a hard time figuring out the difference between “gello” and “jello”. Sorry if this has already been addressed! Is it just a regional thing like “wash” vs “warsh”? :)

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riceinmay July 21, 2011 at 5:24 PM

LOL- no it’s not a regional thing. It’s a rebellion thing :-P

Jello actually refers to a brand. Those of us using the term “gello” want to distinguish between our real food nutrient dense dish, and that pumped full of chemicals, flavors, and colors, artificial food product.

So basically it’s a made up term that caught on :-D

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asoftheday July 21, 2011 at 7:19 PM

ah! thanks. :)

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ofthec July 22, 2011 at 7:36 AM

or it could just be we got a duplicate comment warning because we were eating so much of it that we had to get creative

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emilyk July 22, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Hooray! The Great Lakes gelatin that I ordered on Amazon finally arrived today. While I was waiting I checked at Good Earth and Whole Foods and NEITHER carried good gelatin. Both had Knox, though.

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Linda xo July 23, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Thanks for posting this- I’ve shared it on my FB page!

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imblst July 24, 2011 at 6:41 AM

i just made some lemon gummies. this gelatin thing has opened up a lot of new possibilities for me and my small business. i make healthy treats and sell them… mostly at our local farm store where they sell raw milk and country eggs and a whole host of other great products!

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Jennifer June 10, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Gummies recipe? My kids love them and I’ve let them have the Yummy Earth brand a few times, but still wary of the gelatin source for those. I’d love to make some homemade gummies for them!

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imblst July 24, 2011 at 12:13 PM

gettin ready to try to make marshmellows, now

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Karen A. July 25, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Since I thought of making tea jello I have tried peppermint herb tea which was extremely tasty and ginger tea (organic Yogi tea variety) which smells good and is still gelling. Now I am considering testing coffee and cream. (I know coffee is bad!) Maybe it will turn out like Jello 123. Anybody remember that?!

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aebader July 26, 2011 at 12:29 PM

I just wanted to let you know that I contacted both Great Lakes and Bernard Jensen to find out the details of their gelatin. Great Lakes was able to confirm their gelatin comes from grass-fed cows. Bernard Jensen said their gelatin comes from a combination of farms from Canada & the US and that it cannot confirm what kind of cows their product comes from, however he did say it comes from the commercial cattle industry (therefore grain-fed).

From these responses I will definitely be purchasing from Great Lakes.

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Sheridan July 29, 2011 at 12:46 AM

Aebader, thanks so much for your comment. That definitely puts Great Lakes up a the number 1 choice. :)

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waywardsister July 28, 2011 at 7:20 AM

I’m a huge bone broth fan (wish I’d known about the challenge earlier!), but it never occurred to me to get gelatin as well. I’ve got a ‘brew’ setting up right now, using the gelatin from GoBio in Canada. Using a Toasty Almond tea (almonds, beetroot, apple, cinnamon) from a local tea company.

Thinking of trying a panna cotta-type recipe but using my homemade goat yogurt… anyone tried it?

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Erin September 12, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Is there a non-sweet version of jello that tastes good? We are about to do anti-candida part of GAPS. Thanks!

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Lisa February 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

The recipe doesn’t specify how much gelatin to use for the amount of juice. I know it’s an old post, but if you see this comment, maybe you could update the recipe? Thanks!

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Emily August 28, 2012 at 6:23 AM

My daughter and I have been looking for a homemade jello recipe. She is allergic to food coloring and the pre-made jello at the heath food store just does not taste good. I am so glad we found this recipe. I have one question, when and where do we add the honey? During the dissolving process if we need it?

Thank you
Emily

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deborah345 February 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Why can’t 100% fruit juice that has been pasteurized be used?

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Nancy September 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM

I have tried making this jello twice and it never works for me. Do you think it is because I am using the gelatin with the orange label that can be dissolved in cold water? I have tried using your cooking method, and tried not heating it up at all.

Any ideas?

Thanks

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Alicia February 12, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Is there a reason you suggest only fresh squeezed juice? I wanted to use a 100% cherry juice but it is from concentrate.

Is pasturized juice a problem?

What are the reasons and or science regarding the juices?

I’d like to make healthy lemon/lime jello for a remake of old family favorite. It was made with the boxed stuff and contained grated carrots, cabbage, pineapple, mandarins, green apple and walnuts. We just called it “green jello”. But it was the best. Now I want to make it really the “best”.

Thanks

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