How many grams of gelatin are in 1 cup of stock made from cartilaginous sources such as pigs or chicken feet?

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You'll need to go by the consistency of the stock. If your cooled stock is just slightly gelatinous, but falls apart easily when handled, it's probably around 1%. If it is as solid as "dessert gelatin" (Jello), it's around 3% or more. (source: "On Food and Cooking")


This is going to be tough to answer. Too many variables.

I pressure cook all my saved chicken bones until they can be pulverized easily between two fingers (only about 1 hour). Then I reduce the stock from 3 quarts down to about one. When cooled and poured into a can-and-freeze jar it will typically gel at room temperature.

The answer depends highly on the amount of feet used, the amount of water it was cooked in and how much reduction is preformed.

  • I know there are variables but any value for those variables would be fine by me, e.g., 4 chicken feet boiled in 3 quarts water for 24 hours yields X grams.
    – free
    Jun 15, 2011 at 1:20
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    @free: There are way more variables than that. The temperature of the water. The pH. The specific animal even makes a difference. You have no hope of ever controlling all of these variables in a home kitchen. Industrial processes involve a completely different method of gelatin extraction, and even they don't necessarily have consistent quantity at the output (they just guarantee quality).
    – Aaronut
    Jun 18, 2011 at 15:07

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