Welcome to the 2nd installment of “how on earth can two people eat their way through an entire watermelon”?! Who knew the answer was going to be “make homemade gummies”? Me either!
It turned out that one of the best ways to use up a large volume of watermelon is to juice it. But, personally, I’m not a juice fan. I never have cared for any kind of juice, even as a child. So what was I going to do with all this juice? Duh, make homemade gummies!
Now I may not like juice, but I LOVE gummy candy. And my absolute favorite? The really super bad for you, no nutritional-value-whatsoever kind. Do I let myself eat it? No. I’m not going to waste a treat opportunity on flavored corn syrup. Meh. But I could use my former guilty pleasure as a means to get more real grass fed gelatin into my diet. Enter these sour watermelon homemade gummies!
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Why do you want to eat more gelatin?
I know, I know, it sounds kind of unappealing. But it has fantastic health benefits. These days most people rarely consume gelatin, if at all, since the so many sources of natural gelatin (such as beef bones and skin) are very rarely eaten. But here’s why they should be:
- Gelatin is a source of 18 different amino acids
- Gelatin is a soluble protein derived from collagen. Did you know that there are 28 different types of collagen in the human body? The largest is found in skin, so supplemental collagen is beneficial to overall skin health.
- Gelatin has been linked to decreased joint pain and inflammation
The best – and cheapest! – form of gelatin is from homemade bone broths. But since it’s summer, I’m making and consuming far less bone broth than usual. And that’s where my favorite grass fed gelatin comes in. When I don’t want to be slurping on bone broths, making and consuming foods with this grass fed gelatin gives me an easy way to supplement my normal diet. So, you see, it’s the health benefits of gelatin that make these homemade gummies, well, healthy!
How to make these Homemade Gummies
First off, start with a perfectly ripe watermelon. As watermelon is such a subtle flavor, you want to get the most out of it! First you go are going to blend the watermelon, then strain it to remove the pulp. Now you have fresh watermelon juice! I find that the best way to mix up a lump free batch of grass fed gelatin for homemade gummies is like this:
- Measure out the amount of grass fed gelatin you will need into a jug.
- Add a small amount of the fruit juice you are using to the gelatin, whisking it with a fork.
- Keep adding small amounts of fruit juice until you have whisked the gelatin into a smooth paste.
- Take the remaining fruit juice and warm it gently. Warm it, don’t let it get hot or simmer.
- Whisk the grass fed gelatin & juice paste into the rest of the warm juice on the stovetop. Keep whisking until it is smooth and there are no visible bits of gelatin.
- Stir in any extra ingredients – in this recipe those will be raw honey and fresh lemon juice.
- Now your homemade gummies are ready to pour into molds (I used these cute gingerbread shapes) so that they can actually be gummies once they have refrigerated and set!
I mix my gelatin mixtures up this way because I find that adding gelatin to the surface of a large bowl or pan seems to almost inevitably result in some clumps, which you really don’t want in homemade gummies.
Edited to add:
Someone asked me in the comments whether or not Great Lakes Gelatin was GMO free. Their response when I contacted the company and asked was that their gelatin is “Grass fed (no grain), hormone free, pesticide free and GMO free.” How awesome is that?
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