How to use gelatine

How to use leaf and powdered gelatine.

Points to remember

  • Soak leaf gelatine in cold water for a few mins to soften.
  • Squeeze excess water from the sheets before adding to a hot base liquid (such as flavoured cream or fruit juice). Stir well.
  • Pour into a lightly oiled mould and chill for 4-6 hours, or until completely set.
  • Loosen the jelly by running the tip of a knife around the edge, then pulling it carefully away from the mould with your thumb. Invert onto a plate and flick the mould forward to release it.

Make sure the base liquid isn’t boiling, and don’t heat liquid with gelatine added to boiling point – the gelatine will lose it’s setting properties.


Make sure the base liquid isn’t too cold – the gelatine will not dissolve properly and will set into strings.