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Why did my Turkey Stock turn into gelatin?

We took our left-over turkey carcass and parts and simmered them for a few hours with water in a pot with some herbs and veggies. After removing the solids, and separating the fat, we placed it in ...
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Is there a vegetarian gelatin substitute that is as strong as gelatin?

I've made several mold (shaped) desserts with both gelatin and gelatin substitutes, and the substitutes have always failed to hold the shape of fully domed chocolate molds and the like. Are there any ...
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Add gelatin to soup as a replacement for stock?

My wife made some chicken soup last night, but we didn't have any stock to start it with, so we used water. Flavor-wise, the soup was fine - it was just lacking the mouth-feel associated with good ...
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why use a pressure cooker for collagen to gelatin conversion?

I was watching S13E16 of Good Eats and to cook his chicken for "chicken and dumplings", he places an old hen (instead of a rooster) in the pressure cooker at the maximum temperature & pressure. ...
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How to fake salmon roe using jello

A couple of days ago I made a first attempt at dessert sushi. Everything went reasonably well except for the salmon roe which I'd planned to make from orange jello. I made my own mould from plasticine ...
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Is gelatin vegetarian?

I understand that vegetarians are against meat, and gelatin is derived from meat and bones. So the obvious answer is "no." But I'm not entirely sure. What constitutes an ingredient as "vegetarian" or ...
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What are alternative gelling agents to gelatine? And what are their properties?

I recently was making some orange jelly which was going to be dipped in chocolate. I couldn't use gelatine to set the jelly as it returned to a liquid below the temperature of the melted chocolate. ...
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How can I tell which fruits etc. contain proteases?

After my second attempt at making a ginger mousse with gelatin and finding that it fails, I've discovered that fresh ginger contains a protease. I knew that pineapple does, and that it complicates ...
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Secrets to making crystal clear gelatin?

As I've mentioned in another question, I'm attempting to make a large block of gelatin. Unfortunately, my first few attempts come out a bit amber in hue, using just water, sugar, gelatin and clear ...
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How is gelatine sold in U.S. grocery stores?

I'm interested in trying a recipe from Alton Brown for marshmallow. I'm not sure what exactly "3 packages unflavored gelatin" refers to. How much gelatine (in weight) is included in a standard ...
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Flavorings for clear gelatin

I'm planning to make a sort of diorama, and the 3D nature of it is going to require suspending things in clear gelatin. Are there flavorings that would work that wouldn't significantly affect the ...
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Can I substitute agar-agar for gelatin in pudding?

Can china grass (agar-agar) be substituted in place of gelatin when making pudding? Or is there any other ingredient i could use as a substitute that could give me better results?