How To Cook Blood Jelly? Blood Jelly is one of those interesting ingredients that not too many people know about. However that is about to change as blood jelly is both nutritious as well as delicious, and is incredibly simple to make. Learn how to cook bloody jelly with this recipe in the most authentic way possible.
When you first hear of the term blood jelly, what might be the first thing that pops into your head?
Is it blood? Is it a jelly type of food? Or is it something else?
And in all honesty, it is exactly how it sounds like. Blood jelly is a jelly type of food made out of pork blood. And is an ingredient that is commonly used all throughout Asia.
When I first was given this ingredient, my initial thought was to just throw it away as in America, we typically never have this ingredient. However, my parents forced me to eat it. Thankfully they did that because after biting into the blood jelly, I was overwhelmed with the amazing flavor and consistency that it came with.
I guarantee, it’s not as bad as it might sound.
In fact, you might really like it as the ingredient pairs really well with various kinds of dishes. For instance, in my Bun Bo Hue dish, we use blood jelly as one of the ingredients. And it definitely elevates the dish to another level.
Blood Jelly is one of the most authentic Asian ingredients you can ever use in a dish. And if you are truly wanting to make a dish as authentic as possible, then you’ll have to learn to love it.
However if you simply can’t stand the idea of blood jelly, then feel free to skip that part of the ingredients in any of my recipes. Don’t worry, the recipes will still taste just as good without it.
What Is Blood Jelly?
What is blood jelly?
We mentioned it a bit in the above paragraph, but in short, blood jelly is basically blood from a pig that has been turned solid.
It’s commonly known as “Blood Tofu”, “Blood Pudding”, and is a common ingredient found in various parts of Asia.
Typically the most common way to use blood jelly is to eat it with some carbohydrates like noodles. It can however be eaten by itself, or served in some hot soup, hot pot, or even made into a snack.
Blood Jelly when eaten, has a soft and smooth consistency that is slightly chewy.
Is It Healthy Or Good For You?
Did you know that eating blood jelly is one of the healthiest things you can ever do?
Blood Jelly is packed full of so many amazing minerals and vitamins that can help nourish your body in many different ways.
For instance, some of the vitamins and minerals you can find include things like:
- Vitamin C
- And many other minerals!
Blood Jelly also contains a certain amount of Lelicthin which can help curb the harmful effects of low density cholesterol.
The only thing you’ll need to watch out on is that you should not eat too much blood jelly. If you do, then you might run into a risk of getting iron poisoning as there is a rich concentration of iron.
If you do want to eat this delicious ingredient, it’s best to eat it about twice a week at most for safety.
Ingredients To Make Blood Jelly
Making blood jelly is actually a pretty simple process.
To make it, you will need the following ingredients:
- Blood Jelly In A Container
- Pinch of Salt
That’s basically it!
Blood Jelly is a common ingredient typically found in most Asian supermarkets. You can tend to find this item in the refrigerated sections of most markets. And best of all is that it is insanely cheap to buy!
How To Cook Blood Jelly
Cooking blood jelly is actually a really simple thing to do.
In order to cook blood jelly, you’ll have to do the following:
First thing you’ll want to do is to open the container that your blood jelly comes in. This typically means only taking off the lid.
After opening the lid, you’ll want to grab a butter knife or something and run along the side and edges of the container so that the blood jelly will not stick to the container.
Then carefully slide the blood jelly onto a plate. Be very careful as the blood jelly is extremely fragile at this stage.
You may have to wiggle the blood jelly around a bit in order for it to come out.
Then with your knife, cut the blood jelly into cubes or slices, depending on how you want your blood jelly to be.
Find a large pot and fill it halfway with water.
Then carefully slide your blood jelly pieces into the pot of water without breaking them.
Add a pinch of salt into the water so that it can help the blood jelly cook better.
Put the pot onto a stove and turn the heat up to high. Make sure there is no lid covering the pot at this time.
While the pot of blood jelly is heating up, you want to stir the blood jelly around gently so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
At this point, the water should start to thicken a bit. Do not worry, this is normal.
Then once the water in the pot starts to boil, you’ll want to immediately turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid.
Let it sit for about an hour so that it can continuously cook from the remaining heat left over from the pot.
After the hour is up, you can remove the lid from the pot.
Then grab a large bowl and fill it halfway with some cold water.
Using a slotted spoon, scoop out your blood jelly from the pot and transfer them into the bowl with the cold water.
That is basically it!
You have just learned how to cook blood jelly.
Now all you have to do is simply let the blood jelly sit in the cold water bowl until you are ready to use it with your dish that you are making.
Tip: Serve your blood jelly pieces with a noodle type dish for maximum flavor and taste!
How To Keep/Store This Food
Storing blood jelly is a relatively simple process.
In order to store blood jelly, just grab a container and fill it with your blood jelly pieces. Then cover the container and put it in the fridge, where it should keep well for up to 3 days at most.
If you want, you can also freeze this item in the freezer for up to 3 months max.
For re-heating, all you have to do is simply put it in some boiling water for a few minutes and it should come out just like new.
How To Cook Blood Jelly Recipe (Pork Blood Jelly 豬紅)
- 1 Box Blood Jelly
- Pinch of Salt
- Open the lid of the blood jelly container and gently run a knife along the sides of the blood jelly and container.
- Gently pour the blood jelly out onto a plate.
- Using a knife, cut the blood jelly into smaller cubes or sections.
- Grab a large pot and fill it with water halfway. Then gently slide your blood jelly pieces into the pot of water.Add a pinch of salt into the water.
- Place the pot onto the stove and turn the heat up to high with no lid covering the pot. Gently stir the blood jelly pieces around so that they won't stick to the bottom.
- Once the water starts to boil, turn the heat off and immediately put a lid on top of the pot to cover it.Let it sit there for an hour while covered so that it can continue to cook with the remaining heat left from the pot.
- After the hour is up, remove the lid from the pot.Grab a large bowl and fill it halfway with cold water.Then using a slotted spoon, transfer the blood jelly pieces from the pot into the bowl with cold water.
- That is it!Now all you do is simply wait for your main dish to finish cooking and then add the blood jelly pieces onto it.
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