To Make the Herbal Infusion
---> Place the berries and flowers in the mason jar and cover to the top with boiling water. Place on lid and let sit 4-8 hours. Strain.
To Make the Jello
---> Add 1-2 cups juice of your choice to the infusion. Taste test, adding in stevia to sweeten. When it is to your liking, place the liquid in a pot, add in the agar and let come to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes to let the agar dissolve. Let cool, then pour into serving dishes and refrigerate. Serve as is or top with your fave non-dairy whipped cream.
This makes a refreshing and cooling drink on a hot summer's day! What's even better is that you can turn this herbal infusion into a jello!
If you like the taste of the infusion (you can add in a bit of stevia to sweeten), you can go ahead and make the jello. The usual ratio for jello when using agar agar powder is 1 tsp per 1 cup liquid, so use how much powder depending on how much liquid you have.
Adding in a juice makes more liquid, and you can add in a berry juice to keep with the sourness of the infusion or add in a sweeter juice such as apple, pineapple or pear to offset the sourness. Stevia adds in that extra sweetness and makes this jello completely sugar-free!! :)
FYI: if you aren't opposed to using grass-fed gelatin, you can use 4 TBsp gelatin instead of the agar agar (the usual ratio is 1 TBsp gelatin per 1 cup liquid) Both agar and gelatin are prized in Chinese medicine for nourishing the yin (think hormones, cerobro-spinal fluid, synovial fluid) while gelatin has the added bonus of supporting collagen production and making for smooth hair, skin and nails.
Bonus Idea: Pour into a square mold (other shapes are fun too). Roll in powdered stevia and serve.
As always, Enjoy :)
CF= Corn Free DF= Dairy Free EF= Egg Free FF= Fat Free GF= Gluten Free GRF= Grain Free MF= Meat Free NUTF= Nut Free SALF= Salt Free SOYF= Soy Free SUF= Sugar Free YF= Yeast Free
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