To make homemade fruit jello, you will need:

  • 1 can of frozen juice concentrate with no added sugar (11-12 fluid oz.)
  • 3 Tbsp. of gelatin (such as Great Lakes brand)
  • 4 and 1/2 cups of water


  1. pour the concentrate into a casserole dish and sprinkle three Tablespoons of gelatin over it to soften.
  2. While waiting for it to soften, boil the water.
  3. Stir the juice concentrate and gelatin to mix well, and then slowly stir in the hot water until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  4. Refrigerate until solid.

Optional: add canned or frozen fruit (never fresh; the mixture won’t gel) once the gelatin is slightly cooled. Refrigerate until solid. And/or you can stir in coconut milk to make creamy jello.

One of my favorite gelatin desserts is Pina Colada Pudding:

Make the gelatin with pineapple juice, and added canned crushed pineapple as the fruit. When the gelatin-fruit mixture is solid, chop it with a pastry blender and stir in whipped canned coconut milk.

Old-fashioned Tomato Aspic and similar vegetable gelatin molds are a great option for summer salads. Check online for recipes, but remember to find and use good quality gelatin, such as Great Lakes brand.