How to bloom your gelatin
Unlike other powdery ingredients, such as flour, you can’t add powdered gelatin directly to a recipe. It needs to be combined with liquid and hydrated or “bloomed” first. "Bloom” grade refers to gelatin's gel strength which ranges from 0 to 300. Our Gut Lovin' Gelatin sits between 210–230, depending on the batch.
To bloom our Gut Lovin' Gelatin, follow the directions on your packet. Measure out three-and-half tablespoons of powder; add one cup of cold water; stir quickly for 30 seconds and allow to sit for five minutes until it becomes gel-like. And that's it!
Your bloomed gelatin will be quite firm, so don't be worried. So long as you use the suggested ratios, your gelatin will be perfect to use. Don't bloom your gelatin in advance, it should be used almost immediately.
If you're vegetarian or vegan, this may not be the product for you. As an alternative, we recommend looking into fermented foods like miso, tempeh, sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha for their similar gut-lovin' properties.
If you're after a substitute, agar agar produces a similar gelling effect to that of gelatin, but it doesn't contain the same amino acid content or nutrient profile so it won't produce the same digestive benefits. When substituting agar agar for gelatin in our recipes, we recommend trying one tablespoon of agar agar for every three tablespoons of gelatin (as it tends to set more firmly). Keep in mind however that this will vary between brands though, so you may need to experiment.
How much gelatin should I consume per day?
There's no official limit as to how much gelatin should be eaten each day, though around 2–3 tablespoons is about right to boost gut health. Start gently with half to 1 teaspoon a day, and slowly increase. As with anything, more isn't necessarily better so listen to your body!
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