Using Pureed Fruit in Gelatin Recipes
When you make gelatin, you will usually combine boiling water with the gelatin powder to dissolve it, add cold water or ice cubes and then allow it to set. Another way of making tasty gelatin desserts is to use pureed fruit rather than water for a thicker and fruitier gelatin dessert.
As long as you combine the gelatin powder with a liquid, it should dissolve. After that, you can add any other liquid you like to make the finished dessert. There are 7Up gelatin recipes and cola gelatin recipes to demonstrate that experimenting with gelatin and various sodas and drinks can give you fantastic desserts.
Using Pureed Fruit in Gelatin Popsicles
You can also use pureed fruit in gelatin recipes instead of water if you are making popsicles because the gelatin stops the popsicles from setting too firm. You can also use 7 Up, cola or even water to make gelatin popsicles because all of these substances freeze with or without gelatin powder added to them. If you want to make lemon gelatin, for example, why not use 7 Up instead of cold water. The result will be similar but with a stronger and more refreshing citrus flavor.
Making Gelatin with Fruit Pieces
If you want to combine fruit pieces with your gelatin recipes, remember to let the gelatin partially set. If you put fruit pieces in runny gelatin they will set but if you wait until the gelatin is thick, like the consistency of yogurt, and stir gently the fruit will be distributed evenly throughout the gelatin.
You can use drained, canned fruit such as strawberries, peaches, or pears cut up finely or fresh fruit, chopped into pieces. Pears, peaches, mandarin segments, apple slices and more all work very well to make gorgeous fruity gelatin recipes.
Using pureed fruit in gelatin recipes means the gelatin dessert will have a richer color, as well as a more intense fruit flavor. Berries are especially colorful and using pureed blueberries or blackberries to make gelatin will give you a wonderfully colored dessert. This photo shows a plum and strawberry puree and you can see how intense and appealing the color is. Combine pureed fruit with gelatin and water (or some of the cooking liquid from the fruit) and you will have a healthy and tasty gelatin dessert. If you have some fruit, which is past its best, pureeing it is a great way to use it up.
How to Make Pureed Fruit
The first thing to do, if you want to make pureed fruit gelatin recipes, is to wash your fruit and peel it. Next, chop the fruit into bite-sized pieces. Small pieces will cook faster.
Put the chopped fruit in a pan and add enough water so the fruit is completely submersed. You can mix different types of fruit. Bring the fruit mixture to a boil, stirring it frequently. Use a fork or potato masher to mash the fruit and get rid of any big chunks. Puree the fruit in a blender or food processor until it is smooth.
Which Fruits Can You Puree?
Pureed fruit is a popular food for babies, since you remove the skin and boil it. This removes potentially harmful pesticides and makes the fruit safe. If you have made apple puree for your baby before, you will already know how to make it.
You can also use other fruits for purees, like peaches, plums, apricots, pears or berries. You can puree small fruits like grapes, but peeling these is probably not worth the effort when you can simply use grape juice!
Match your pureed fruit to the gelatin recipes you want to use it in. If you want to combine gelatin with pureed strawberries, for example, you might want to use a matching gelatin – in this case, strawberry – or a contrasting flavor like orange, lime or lemon. Experiment with different fruits. Remember, pureed fruit is packed with nutrients and you can make delicious pureed fruit gelatin recipes too.
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