Chef Andy's delighted to be able to provide the very recipes that
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In this installment of the Jell-O pages, Chef Andy answers one of
his most common questions...
"Is it true that Jell-O is made out of cow hooves?"
Well, it's not cow hooves...But the real answer
isn't pretty. In fact, it's hard to believe that we can create such
lovely and delicious molded dessert products out of the discarded animal parts
used to create commercial gelatin. But if you'd like to know more, just keep reading!
Jell-O, like all gelatin products (including those made for photographic
and laboratory use, as well as for desserts!) is made out of hides, bones, and
inedible connecting tissue! Gelatin can be extracted from any kind of animal,
but cows are most common.
If you've ever made a batch of chicken soup
from scratch, you've probably seen how it gets stiff and Jell-O like after
it sits in the fridge...That's because boiling the chicken in water extracts
the gelatin from the carcass, just like a miniature version of the commercial
Frosty Strawberry Pie
Commercial gelatin making starts by grinding up bones. The crushed bones
are then soaked in a strong base to soften them, and then passed through
progressively stronger acid solutions, until the end result isn't
recognizable as bones at all! Then the whole mess is boiled for hours
to extract the gelatin...and this part really makes a stink!
Finally, the gelatin layer is skimmed off the boiling pot, and dried
into a powder. With added sugar, flavorings, and artificial color,
it's ready to become a jiggly dessert!
Have a look at
for more information about the history of Jell-O! And now that you
know what Jell-O's made from, why don't you put some on the table tonight?
Your guests will be delighted when you share your new knowledge with them
in the middle of a luscious spoonful of dessert!
Chef Andy's Household Hint: Jell-O prepared with tonic water glows under black
light, but tastes really awful. For a better way to make your Jell-O mold
glow, try serving it on a glass plate with an activated cyanamid lightstick
underneath. Works especially well with green food such as
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