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FOOD FACTS ABOUT GELATIN

Updated on December 6, 2007
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As I was browsing through a cookbook for recipes I came upon this Information:

What is Gelatin?

It is a processed form of collagen, a protein derived from animal sources. It has no flavor or ordor, and acts as a thickner, emulsifier, and stablizer in foods. Since heat diminishes it's effect on foods, gelatin works best for chilled dishes.

Jiggle and Wiggle

Not only does gelatin transform liquids into jellies or gelatin desserts, it also thickens cold soups and firm ups creamy chilled pur'ees such as Salmon Mousse. It's sometimes added to set fillings in delicate sweets .

Types and Tips

Powdered gelatin is usually found in the baking aisle, while sheet gelatin can be found in speciality stores (4 sheets of gelatin equals about 1 envelope of powdered, depending on the brand). Soften both types in cold water (sheet gelatin needs a longer soak) before dissolving over low heat. Because intense heat ruins gelatin's thickening ability, do no add it to hot mixtures.

Here is a great recipe: Salmon Mousse...prep time: 15 min. total time + chilling at least 2 hrs. enjoy :O)

Ingredients needed:

1 tsp. unflavored gelatin (from a 1/4 oz. envelope)

4 ozs. smoked salmon, coarsley chopped

1 1/4 cups sour cream ( lite-nonfat-organic-plain)

1 to 2 tblsp. fresh lemon juice

coarse salt

fresh dill for garnish (optional)

crackers or baguette slices for serving

1. Place 3 tblsp. cold water ina small saucepan, and sprinkle with gelatin, let soften, 5 min. gently heat over loe, stirring, just until gelatin dissolves; set aside.

2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine salmon,sourcream,and lemon juice. Puree until smooth; season with salt. With motor running, add slightly cooled gelatin mixture, and blend until combined.

3. Pour into two 8-oz ramekins or bowls. without touching surface, cover container with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, but spreadable, about 2 hours or up yo overnight. garnish mousse with dill, if desired (looks really nice though) and serve with crackers or baguette slices....Yummm Yummm G-Ma

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      fre 

      6 years ago

      vegetarians rock geletin is evil. glass visage is not a vegetarian if she eats jello

    • frogyfish profile image

      frogyfish 

      8 years ago from Central United States of America

      Well G-ma, you have answered something that has happened and I didn't know why - I left jello in the microwave too long and it barely jelled because it boiled too long. Wow. Thanks for this helpful info!

      BTB, I also use gelatin in whipped cream when I am taking a dish so a pot-luck supper. Helps it not 'melt' so quickly.

    • apricotmousse profile image

      apricotmousse 

      8 years ago

      I love jellies, good to fill a hungry stomach :)

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thank you sweetie...Nice to see an old one active...meaning the hub :O) G-Ma :O) Hugs &Peace

    • mandybeau profile image

      mandybeau 

      9 years ago

      I eat it, and love jelly, oh how I love jelly, specially ice cold.

      I was turned off momentarily, when a T.V. show decided to attack gelatine, because it is made from all the left over bits from the abbattoirs, Heads, ears feet. I can eat it again, because I know its mind over matter, but I triee Agar Agar, a seaweed derivative, and the jelly made from that was even more delicious. It would also be  brilliant for the salmon mousse.

      Great Hubs

      love em

      mandy 

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well nice to hear from you dear..but to me there is nothing wrong with jell-o  been around for along time and have never heard of it hurting anyone..yet anyway...skittle's wow haven't had them in a while...Thanks for the comment...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace

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      glassvisage 

      9 years ago from Northern California

      I know many people who won't eat gelatin because of the animal products included in it... but I'm a vegetarian, and I still love my mom's Jell-O desserts and Skittles!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Is that right???wow what a good idea..so just how do you do that? Just add the gelatin..or first mix with some liquids???I want to try this...please get back to me ok???Thanks...G-Ma :o) Hugs

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      foodstorage 

      9 years ago from Utah

      Another use for gelatin is to replace eggs in recipes. This is a great food storage item because if you don't have access to fresh eggs you can still make a lot of baked goods!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      how sweet..you are welcome my dear...G-Ma

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      Abhinaya 

      10 years ago

      Oh G-ma,You are the best.I feel at home with your hub.Thank you so much.

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