So, awhile back I posted a recipe for creamy, junk-free eggnog and mentioned in passing that I added my new favorite gelatin to the mix. You were like “eh, nice nog, NOW TELL ME WHY YOU SWITCHED GELATIN BRANDS.”
Okay, I can take a hint, especially when it comes via multiple comments, messages to my inbox, copious amounts of exclamation points, and skywriting. And I totally get the questions, because who doesn’t love a protein powder that studies suggest may make skin look more youthful, support digestion and improve sleep, among many other things?
Really, it’s simple. Back when I posted my sour gummy star recipe, I got tons of comments from excited parents whose kids LOVED them. But I got other kinds of comments, too, which mostly went like this . . .
“This recipe turned out awesome but how do you get past the dead cow hide smell/taste from the gelatin?”
Uhhhh . . .
“I am having the same problem with the smell. Doesn’t seem to bother most people but I can’t stomach it.”
Hmmm . . .
“Really great idea. I’m not in love *yet* because they came out tasting too much like beef gelatin. I thought the lemon and honey would hide the flavor. Any ideas out there for a better outcome?”
You see where I’m going with this, right? I’ve been using (and recommending) a couple of brands of organic and/or grass-fed gelatin for the past few years and I’ll continue to recommend them. I was, and still am, incredibly grateful to even have access to such a nourishing staple for my family.
But I have a new favorite, and I’ll tell you why
As you might have guessed by some of the comments above, gelatin can impart an, um, unique flavor to recipes. I’ve tried my best to counteract it with other strong flavors such as citrus and chocolate or peppermint, but I haven’t always been successful.
Then last year I tried Vital Proteins grass-fed gelatin at the Weston A. Price Conference and you guys, I was completely surprised by the flavor – or actually, the lack of flavor. It’s so mild and neutral tasting.
Just as importantly, I love the TEXTURE. Their regular gelatin – which they call collagen protein – blends easily without clumping, and even their collagen peptides (aka hydrolysate) dissolves effortlessly in cold water without any lumps. Just dump it in, give it a quick stir, and it does the rest. See?
Of course, there are other reasons to love them, too…
Quality & Freshness
Would you leave beef jerky wrapped in a wet paper towel? Of course not! Dehydrated animal proteins like beef jerky and gelatin are vulnerable to bacteria when moist, so it’s important to store them properly. Vital Proteins has gone the extra mile to produce air-tight, induction-sealed recyclable containers that keep out moisture and preserve freshness.
Also, I love that the containers have wide mouths and come with a scoop inside. I mean, as fun as it is to dump gelatin all over the counter because I’m trying to measure while holding a wiggling baby, the easy-to-use scoop is okay, too.
Oh, and of course I’m impressed with their commitment to quality and the detailed information they provide about their sourcing techniques. Here’s a statement from their website:
“Our cattle graze on lush grasslands in Brazil and are not given hormones, steroids, or antibiotics. They eat their natural diet – grass, and receive plenty of open space and sunshine. We believe in providing our animals with an environment that nature intended, and the result is a high quality protein that is natural and pure.”
Vital Proteins offers free shipping on everything ordered through their site, or you can buy on Amazon. Here’s the cost breakdown:
Vital Proteins Collagen Protein (Dissolves in hot liquids) – 32 oz. canister for $42 – $1.31 per ounce
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (Dissolves in cold liquids, does not gel at room temperature) – 20 oz. canister for $37 – $1.85 per ounce
My old grass fed gelatin was $1.19 per ounce for regular and $1.39 per ounce for the cold soluble version. However, shipping is not free unless you have Amazon Prime, so that’s something to consider. Personally, I think the extra cost is worth it since I’m getting moisture-proof packaging and a product that, at least for me, results in a smoother end-product (also, here’s where to get 100% grass fed beef).
So there you have it!
The giveaway that ran here from 2-18-15 to 2-22-15 was sponsored by Vital Proteins. Thank you for supporting the companies I love, and allowing me to share them with you.