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Fun Fruit Juice Jello

Simple fruit juice jello with kefir cream

Fruit juice jello is perfect for all sorts of fun flavors and doesn’t require any additional sugar. See the section above for some flavor options, including fermented beverages, like kombucha, for a probiotic treat. 

Ingredients

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  • Pectin or gelatin (enough to set 6 cups, see notes)
  • 3 cups of juice
  • 2 cups of juice or probiotic beverage
  • 1 cup of cream (either whipping cream or coconut cream)
  • 1 cup of fresh fruit (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring 3 cups of juice to a boil. Remove from heat and add pectin and gelatin according to the directions on the package. Follow the proportions on the package because the amount will depend on exactly what brand you are using.
  2. Leave the juice out to cool at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours. 
  3. At that point, you can mix in whatever liquids you want to use (see above for suggestions) and set in a 6 cup jello mold, or individual cups.
  4. To make layers, mix 1 cup of juice with 1 cup liquid. Pour into the mold and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then mix the cream with 1 cup of juice. Pour over the set jello, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then mix the final layer of 1 cup juice with 1 cup of liquid.
  5. If you are using fresh fruit, I recommend adding them to the bottom or middle layer, as they will float until the jello is set.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving so that it sets nicely. 

Notes

  • I’ve used both organic gelatin powder and Pomona’s pectin. The jello comes out perfectly either way. Just follow the jelling instructions on the package for 6 cups of liquid.
  • Avoid using fresh pineapple, kiwi, peaches, figs, mango, or papaya, which all contain an enzyme that will prevent the jello from setting properly. If you really want to use one of these fruits then either use processed juice or canned fruit, which won’t contain the enzymes.
  • A bundt pan works great as a jello mold. However, I find individual bowls or glasses are easier to serve.

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