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How many animal bones does it take to make a bowl of Jello?

Asked by john65pennington (29253points) March 5th, 2011

You did not know that Jello contained animal bone components?
Question: how many animal bones does it take to make a bowl of Jello?

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Prosb's avatar

Honestly, with all the acids the bones go through in extracting the gelatin, I’m not too sure. Bones sizes obviously vary greatly, but I heard that many cow bones are used for this process. Based on that, I’m gonna ballpark it at around 1lb of bones per standard size package of jello mix. This is almost guaranteed to be horribly wrong, but I thought I’d give it a shot.

Jenniehowell's avatar

Is it more cow or chicken? I had it in my mind that it was more toward the chicken than the beef but wasn’t sure. I do know that it is more cartilage than bone used in the process (at least with other gelatin products similar to jello it is so I was assuming jello is the same.) I used to have some information from a class I took a while back but can’t remember if it covered the quantity. I’m assuming it does take a lot of bones to be processed into a standard jello mix considering it’s mostly cartilage and there’s obviously less of that than there is actual bone.

laureth's avatar

How many animal bones does it take to whiten your sugar, since we’re asking?

Jenniehowell's avatar

@laureth thanks for that link – I often have the sugar discussion with my friends and none of us can ever remember which company it is that doesn’t have the bone related processing.

rooeytoo's avatar

I didn’t know bones were in gelatin. I guess I always assumed it was some sort of plant sourced product. I rarely eat it and now I don’t think I will ever eat it!

I use raw sugar, it is brown, is that safe???

john65pennington's avatar

Laureth, I too, read your link and learned something new about white sugar. This info was a first for me. They really do use just about every part of a cows carcass, don’t they?

laureth's avatar

@rooeytoo – If you mean “turbinado” sugar (the stuff marketed as “raw sugar”), it would depend on that particular sugar maker. If it’s a light beige color, it’s basically processed almost as much as white sugar. If you mean brown (really brown) sugar, that is white sugar with some of the molasses added back in for color and flavor. Sucanat, on the other hand, is not filtered, just juiced from the cane and the water evaporated off. (It still has all the original nutrition, and it’s what i use when I use sugar.)

wilma's avatar

I only buy beet sugar, grown and produced by my neighbors.
They don’t use any animal bones in refining.

rooeytoo's avatar

@laureth – Wow, I had no idea, is Sucanat a brand or a product? I live in Australia, in the midst of sugar cane countrys and I don’t recall seeing anything by that name.

Yep the sugar I use is a beige color, I don’t have a bag at the moment so I don’t know what it says. I will have to check.

Fluther is so educational!

rooeytoo's avatar

Yep sorry @john65pennington, but I sure learned some new lessons!

Thank you @laureth, don’t know what product I will switch to, but when I run out of the raw sugar I will definitely look for something more natural!


wilma's avatar

Did we find out how many bones in the Jello?
I know that bones make a lovely soup stock, all rich and feeling good in your mouth.

filmfann's avatar

They are cow hoofs.

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