How to bloom Gelatin?
A question we often get asked is how to correctly 'bloom' gelatin powder for recipes.
Incorrectly bloomed gelatin may impact the quality of the recipe outcome you are wishing to achieve. Blooming gelatin is a very easy step in using gelatin, and only takes a minute to complete.
It is important to consider the type of recipe you are wanting to use the gelatin for. Many recipes will indicate the quantities but may not include the step of blooming.
For a simple homemade jelly follow the following steps:
1. In a small bowl or cup take 1 tablespoon of Nutraviva Gelatin powder, add 100ml of cool water/liquid and stir well.
2. Allow the mixture to sit for at least one minute. In this time the gelatin powder will absorb the liquid until the mixture becomes quite firm.
3. Once the gelatin has bloomed melt in the microwave for 30 seconds. Be mindful that the mixture may be quite hot.
4. Mix the melted gelatin into 200ml of liquid of choice, stir well and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the mixture to set.
Liquids that are great choices to use are fresh squeezed juices, coconut water, coconut ream, flavoured milk alternatives. Don't use pineapple juice though as the enzymes in this fruit will not allow the gelatin to set.
For a firmer set to create jellies for moulds reduce the amount of liquid added from 200 to 150ml.
Once jellies are made they are best kept chilled in the refrigerator and will last up to one week in the refrigerator.
For a smooth hot chocolate gelatin drink:
1. Using a drink mixer similar to Nutraviva's Hot & Cold Beverage Mixer, or a saucepan start with 200ml of cold milk or milk alternative in mixer or saucepan.
2. Add 1 tablespoon to the liquid and turn on the mixer. If using the saucepan turn on the saucepan and stir continuously until the liquid warms. Add cacao and sweeten to taste.
3. Once the mixture has come to the boil transfer carefully to a cup and enjoy.