Gelatin desserts are always a favorite. Whether it’s kids or adults, everyone enjoys them. There are so many things you can do with gelatin. Not only are they versatile, they are also very easy to make. There are many prepackaged gelatin products readily available in any supermarket, so it’s very convenient to make. Also, you can dress them up for a fancy dinner, or dress them down for a simple supper. They can take many shapes, as you can mold them into anything you want! You can make elaborately designed gelatin for special occasions, and simple shapes for children’s parties. Gelatin desserts are great for both entertaining and for everyday meals.
Here are some steps on how to make and mold gelatin desserts:
- Choose the type of gelatin. Contrary to popular belief, there are many types of gelatin available in the market. The most popular kinds are the powder and granule gelatin. However, gelatin sheets are also available. This type is the most commonly used by professional chefs. You can opt to go for gelatin leaves. However, this involves a more complicated process. For beginners, it is best to use powdered gelatin.
- Prepare your gelatin. If you choose powdered gelatin, the process is very simple. All you have to do is follow the package instructions. Usually, this involves dissolving the gelatin in water or fruit juice. However, you should know that you are not limited to just water or fruit juice. You can also use egg whites and other things. This will change the texture of your gelatin, so you will have to learn the outcome through trial and error. If you want to use sheet gelatin, all you have to do is soak it in some warm water for a few minutes. This will soften the sheets into pliable gelatin.
- Flavor and color your gelatin. The flavor of your gelatin can easily be manipulated. You can use different fruit juices to flavor your gelatin. You can also opt for extracts or essences. Make sure to balance out the flavors so that you get just the right flavor. Avoid using too much flavorings, as your gelatin will be too strong. You can color your gelatin with food coloring. Estimate the right amount. A few drops will usually do, as food coloring is strong.
- Mold your gelatin. There are many ready made molds available in the supermarket or hardware store. They come in various different shapes and sizes. You have many to choose from. However, you’re not limited to ready made molds. If you want to get a little bit more fancy, you can try molding and serving your gelatin in parfait cups or martini glasses. Top it off with a little bit of whipped cream and mint for a great look. You can also choose to pour all of your gelatin in a baking pan. When it is set, you can take cookie cutters to cut out gelatin into your favorite shape.
Making and molding gelatin is very easy. Follow these simple steps to create a professional looking gelatin dessert.