What kid doesn’t love jello? It’s chilled, wiggly texture make it a fun treat for kids of all ages. But packaged jello contains a litany of artificial colors and ingredients, making it not only unhealthy, but a bit frightening as well.
This week we’ve taken jello out of the past and brought it front and center to 2012 – a time of Real Food for real families. This jello is made with all natural, fresh squeezed juice and then chilled in the fruits original skin, making it wholesome and fun!
Curious about the difference in the ingredient list between packaged jello and Out of the Box Food’s Fresh Squeezed Jello Wedges? To begin with, the boxed mix contains two suspected carcinogenic ingredients and another ingredient that is linked to hyperactivity and ADHD. The Fresh Squeezed Jello Wedges contain real fruit juice, gelatin and honey. Period. I invite you to click on the links below to learn more.
THE COMPARISON: JELL-O brand Orange Jello vs. Out of the Box Food’s Fresh Squeezed Jello Wedges
(All ingredients followed by an * can be referenced at www.wikipedia.org by clicking on the ingredient)
JELL-O Brand Orange Jello
- adipic acid* (for tartness)
Contains less than 2% of:
- natural & artificial flavor*
- disodium phosphate* and sodium citrate* (control acidity)
- fumaric acid* (for tartness)
- yellow 6*
- red 40*
- BHA (preservative)*
**All listed product ingredients are taken from product’s package label. Though Out of the Box Food makes every effort to provide complete ingredient information, please check the package for the most current information.
Fresh Squeezed Jello Wedges
- 4 medium/large oranges
- 1 C boiling water
- 2 packets (1/2 oz) gelatin
- 2 tsp honey
- Cut oranges in half. Press orange halves onto a juicer to remove juice, leaving shells intact.
- Measure out 1 C orange juice and pour into medium bowl.
- Sprinkle gelatin over juice and set aside (1-2 minutes).
- Add honey to 1 C boiling water. Stir to disolve.
- Pour honey sweetened boiling water over juice and whisk to combine.
- Lay orange halves in a flat glass dish. If orange halves don’t lie flat, trim end being careful not to cut through the orange skin.
- Pour orange liquid into each orange half; nearly filling to top.
- Place dish in refrigerator and chill until set.
- To serve, cut each orange half in half to create wedges.
Making all natural jello takes the same amount of time as tearing open a box and mixing with hot water. Short on time? Skip the “wedge” presentation and simply purchase fresh squeezed orange juice and make in a glass dish. It’s quick and easy with all the flavor, and none of the harmful chemicals. Until next week…
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