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How to Use Gelatin Powder

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  • Author: Rebecca Neidhart
  • Total Time: 7 minutes


  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) cold water
  • 1 package (2 1/2 tsp.) powder gelatin


  • Place 1/4 cup (60 ml) of cold water in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle 1 package (2 1/4-2 1/2 tsp.) over the cold water. Make sure not to dump it in a clump, as the powder in the center won’t be able to dissolve and bloom correctly.
  • Allow the gelatin to set for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Once your gelatin has bloomed and set (it will be fairly thick), heat it gently over a low burner flame or in the microwave on low heat in 10 second increments. When the gelatin is liquid again, you can mix it with other liquids and make other recipes.


  • Do not add gelatin to boiling liquid. Above 212°, gelatin’s strength will quickly start to disintegrate, and it will not set as firmly.
  • The initial dissolving step must be done in cold water.
  • Avoid tampering with the amount of sugar a gelatin-based recipe calls for. Gelatin is a protein and sugar creates shorter protein chains, making desserts softer and more tender. Reducing the sugar could ruin the texture of your dessert, especially if you are making something like marshmallows or a jelly.
  • Gelatin never expires, so unless the packaging is damaged or it’s otherwise contaminated, you can use gelatin forever!
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Setting Time: 5 minutes
  • Method: Chilling