July 28th, 2008

Correcting a scurrilous lie about jello

This is the falsehood: that it’s made of horses’ hooves.

The truth is not a whole lot better: it’s made from the boiled bones, skins, and hides of cows and pigs. In this way the collagen is deftly extracted, dried, and turned into a powder that is so very refined that it’s not considered to be an animal product any more, except by the sharp minds of those whose task it is to officially declare foodstuffs to be kosher or un.

Although on the kosher question, it’s a lot more complicated than that, as well you might imagine.

8 Responses to “Correcting a scurrilous lie about jello”

  1. vanderleun Says:

    “boiled bones, skins, and hides of cows and pigs..”

    Think of it as YUM! concentrated.

    After all, if you had to eat a mess of “boiled bones, skins, and hides of cows and pigs” there wouldn’t be “always room for Jello!”

  2. cSimon Says:

    You were right. Too much information.

    From now on, I’ll stick to viewing jello, and not consuming it~

  3. Donna B. Says:

    Aspic… love it.

  4. Ratherread Says:

    Jello is just a commercialized version of the old Victorian dessert, calves foot jelly. To make it, the cook had to boil split calves feet to extract the gelatine, then added flavoring and sugar and allowed it to set.

    I’ll stick to Jello thank you.

  5. Perfected democrat Says:

    Ugh, I’ll never eat it again….

  6. Steven Says:

    I think I prefer the horses’ hooves explanation better.

  7. njartist Says:

    Makes me hungry for rabbit skin glue….

  8. Private Label Rights Says:

    awesome post! glad i found your site, it was on accident though =/ check mine out if you want. im still really working on it but it should be great soon

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