If you attended my last herbal class you got a chance to taste some herbal jello. Honestly I am not one of those people that is a purist in anything. I believe moderation in all things, even in diet. Which is why, though I don’t normally serve boxed jello to my kids, I don’t mind giving it to them once in a while to get my littlest one to take a particularly pungent, bitter, or sour herbal preparation. However, I decided to do a little experimenting in my kitchen today and think I’ve come up with an easy way to make an herbal jello that is a little healthier – no dyes, no processed sugar, healthy collagen, & nothing but goodness.
Of course I am SO BAD about documenting my steps so please forgive the lack of step-by-step photos. For today’s test batch I decided to make my High Mineral Tea blend (I will cover this blend in a separate post), but feel free to use whatever herbal blend you want or have on hand. I will likely begin making jello that focuses on boosting the immune system as we get into fall and cold/flu season. Who knows? Maybe I’ll have a bunch of different herbal jellos in my refrigerator for the family! – sleepy time infusion, stress free tea, immune boosting tea, vitamin/mineral tea. You’re only limited by your imagination.
- 1-1/2 cups strong herbal infusion: I use 2 Tbsp herb to 1-3/4 cup hot water and let steep for 30-60 min. Strain the herbs and COOL completely
- 1/2 cup fruit puree – raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, etc. To make puree blend or mash berries and press through a fine sieve to remove seeds/skin
- 2 Tbsp gelatin. I use Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin
- 2-3 Tbsp Raw Honey
- mix the gelatin with 1/2 cup of your cold infusion. This gelatin will NOT mix with hot water, it will turn it into a gluey mess. If you are using regular gelatin in packets you will mix it with hot water then add the cold water.
- While that gels up, pour the rest of the infusion and your puree into a small pot
- Heat to at least 160 degrees or, if you want to keep it simple, remove the pot right before it boils.
- Stir your gelatin and honey into the hot liquid; stir well. The heat activates the hardening of the gelatin.
- Pour everything into a pyrex or make individual servings by pouring it into small jars.
- Store in refrigerator until set, about 3 hours.
- For an afternoon pick-me-up: Green tea/Mint infusion with strawberry puree
- Immunity adaptogen: Licorice/Astragalus decoction with Blueberry puree
- Elderberry decoction (you wouldn’t need a puree for this, just make 2 cups)
- Lavender with Lemon. Since lemon is so strong I would probably only use 1 cup lemon juice and 1 cup lavender infusion
Tell me what kind of flavors you use when you make your homemade herbal jello!