• Jello Flu Shots

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  • This alternative Jello Flu Shots can boost your  immune system, and give antioxidants in your body.

    finger-jelloIf you’re like me and have been reading about anti-viral and antibacterial herbs, and looking for more ways to get them into to your kids, you may want to give this recipe a try – or make your own variation.  I made jello flut shots by infusing immune boosting herbs in finger gelatin made with fruit juice.  Call them what you like, and enjoy some extra anti-oxidants and cold and flu fighting herbs.

    Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin

    Ingredients:

    • 4 envelopes (1 ounce) unflavored gelatin  (That’s 3 tablespoons plus one teaspoon of bulk gelatin)
    • 1 cup cold fruit juice*
    • 3 cups fruit juice, heated with herbs or 2 cups hot fruit juice plus one cup tea*
    • 2 tablespoons honey, optional

    *Possible fruit/herb combinations include:

    Apple/Cinnamon/Ginger – 1 cup cold apple cider, 3 cups hot apple cider simmered with 2 cinnamon sticks and 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger root or 1 teaspoon fresh ginger

    Pomegranate/Lemon Balm – 1 cup cold pomegranate juice, 2 cups hot pomegranate juice, 1 cup lemon balm tea

    Orange/Ginger – 1 cup cold orange (or carrot) juice, 3 cups hot orange juice simmered with 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger root or 1 teaspoon fresh ginger

    Directions:

    Prepare hot ingredients – If using juice with herbs, place juice and herbs in medium saucepot and simmer for 10 minutes.  If using tea, brew tea and let steep for 10 minutes, covered, then mix with juice in saucepot and heat to boiling.

    Sprinkle gelatin over cold juice in large bowl; let stand 1 minute.  Add hot juice and stir until gelatin dissolves completely, about 5 minutes.  Stir in honey if desired.  Pour into 13x9x2 inch pan. (Half batches can be molded in a bread pan or 9×9 pan.)

    Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.  To serve, cut into 1 inch cubes.  Makes about 9 dozen.

    The boys, not too surprisingly, liked the apple/cinnamon/ginger best, but I’ll keep experimenting.  I think this is a fun way to get in more herbs.

    P.S. – You could use spiced elderberry wine for a grown up version.

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