Why you should stick to pasteurized juices when making gelatin shots

If you’ve read through our short list of ingredients to avoid putting into Jevo*, you may have noticed that we’ve included unpasteurized juices as a Jevo no-no.

Fortunately, this rule can be bent if you know why it exists: Certain fruits — including pineapples, kiwis, guavas, papayas, mangoes, and figs — contain enzymes called proteases that destroy the protein structure in gelatin and leave you with a product that sets poorly, or not at all.

This also applies to any fruit chunks you’re planning on dropping directly into your Jevo shot cups, which can cause the surrounding gelatin to liquefy.

By keeping this list in mind, you can safely add some freshly squeezed juices to your Jevo recipes — just remember to filter out all pulp, seeds, or other solids first. (Another tip to keep in mind: “Cold pressed” is another way to say “unpasteurized.”)

Want to try a delicious Jevo shot recipe that uses pineapple juice? See the recipe below.

Source: Solidifying Science: Why Can Certain Fruits Ruin Your Gelatin Dessert? (Scientific American)

* The wording on our Help Center article has been edited to eliminate confusion since this blog post has been published.


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Blue Piña Colada

What you’ll need

  • 10oz Cruzan® Coconut Rum
  • 6oz blue curaçao
  • 4oz pineapple juice, pasteurized
  • Plain Jane flavor pod

How to make it

Pour the rum, curaçao, and pineapple juice into Jevo’s reservoir, pop in a Plain Jane flavor pod, and insert a loaded prep tray. Choose the Craft setting on your Jevo and press Go. When Jevo is done preparing shots, cover the tray and place it in the fridge until the shots are set.

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