VegeSet is a vegetarian setting agent made by Just Wholefoods, containing carrageenan. It cost me £1.79 for a 25g pack from my local health food store.
Mango Jelly (Serves 4)
500 ml mango juice
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 heaped teaspoon of VegeSet
Lime wedge to decorate
- Pour 500ml mango juice and 2 tsp lime juice into a small pan. Sprinkle over 1 heaped teaspoon of VegeSet. I like to use a small sieve or strainer to do this so I can make sure I get a thin layer of the Vegeset distributed across the top of the liquid. Turn the heat on under the pan and gently bring the liquid to the boil, stirring all the time.
- Pour the mixture into the bottom of 4 cocktail glasses and leave to set for about 1 hour. (This jelly doesn’t need to go into the fridge to solidify).
- Decorate with a wedge of lime. Best eaten on the day it is prepared.
Acidic fruit juice can need more gelling agent to help it set, so you may want to adjust the amount of VegeSet used if you wanted a firmer set jelly.
This jelly is a bit more wobbly than jelly made with agar flakes.
If you don’t feel like making your own jelly from scratch, Just wholefoods have a range of vegetarian Jelly Crystals in different flavours that you could use.