My son is always jealous of when the "older kids" are offered Jello for their school lunch. For some reason, they don't offer it to the younger kids. I tried to tell him that he wasn't really missing out on anything, but he wasn't convinced. "Jello is just thickened sugar water", I tried to tell him. He was still sad about it, so I made homemade "jello" out of Knox Gelantine. There's a recipe right on the box. I used 100% orange juice, the gelatine, and nothing else- there's no need to add extra sugar. A few years ago, I made this with cranberry juice, and that was really good too. Make sure to use 100% fruit juice when making this! ;)
Homemade Fruit Juice Jello
4 pouches Knox unflavored Gelatine
1 cup cold fruit juice
3 cups fruit juice, heated to boiling
Sprinkle gelatine over cold fruit juice; let stand one minute. Add 3 cups boiling fruit juice and stir until gelatine is completely dissolved; about 5 minutes. Pour into a 9x13 pan. Chill for 3 hours or until it sets up; cut into squares and serve, or cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
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