Why All the Fermentation Fuss
Keeping our guts healthy is extremely important, and fermentation is an easy and delicious way to support gut health. Eating foods that are rich in beneficial bacteria, like yogurt, fermented lemonade, and fermented grape jello, is one way to ensure that your family is getting the probiotics they need.
The process of fermentation increases the level of vitamins and enzymes in the food, helps to keep harmful bacteria in check, supports immune function, and improves digestion.
Fermented Jello is Healing to the Gut in Two Ways
By using fermented juice in your jello, you are getting all the benefits listed above. But there’s a second way that fermented grape jello can help to heal the gut.
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One of the ingredients in “jello” is, of course, gelatin. Gelatin is derived from the collagen found in connective tissue and/or bones and is a good source of minerals and amino acids, especially glycine and proline. The best gelatin comes from grass-fed cows.
This good stuff can help to reduce inflammation in your gut and restore its protective lining, all important for healing. Homemade bone broth is both the most economical and healthy way to to add gelatin to your diet, but foods made with a good quality gelatin, like fermented grape jello, are great as well.
Blooming the Gelatin
When working with powdered gelatin, it’s best to bloom the gelatin. Don’t worry, it’s easy. This just means allowing the gelatin to soften briefly in cold water so that it will be evenly distributed throughout the final recipe and you’ll get a nice, even gel.
To bloom, simply sprinkle the gelatin evenly over cool water, stir, and allow to sit for a minute or two. Then add hot water to dissolve. This is then added to the juice. I give all the directions and amounts in the recipe below.
How to Make the Whey Needed in Fermented Grape Jello
The simplest way that I have found to make whey is to strain my homemade yogurt. The liquid is the whey. Whey from milk kefir, or cheese making may be used as well.
The Grape Juice
My post Make Your Own Facto-Fermented Grape Juice explains how to make homemade juice from fresh grapes, and how to ferment it. You may also ferment store-bought juice and then use that to make jello.