• What is gelatin?
    Gelatin is a protein derived from collagen contained in the hides or bones of animals, possessing unique gelling and thickening properties. Gelatin is a natural product, and is therefore classified as a food, not as an additive. It is the only natural protein of commercial importance capable of producing clear thermo reversible gels in water, at near to body temperature.Gelatin is a truly versatile product, with the ability to gel, stabilize, emulsify, aerate and bind while adding enhanced texture and mouth feel in food products. Gelatin is compatible in most systems with other ingredients used in the food industry, i.e. sugars, starches, gums, seasoning, coloring, and flavoring. Edible gelatin is low in calories, but is a valuable, safe and easily digested form of protein, making it ideal for dietetic applications.
  • What does gelatin look like?
    Gelatin is typically produced in a powdered or granulated form. Slightly yellow to light tan in color, it is a rather tasteless and odorless substance.
  • How is gelatin used?
    Gelatin has traditionally been used in three major areas: food, pharmaceutical, and photographic industries. Gelatin use in the food industry is probably best recognized in gelatin desserts and confectionery applications such as marshmallows and “gummi” candies. It is also used as a binding and/or glazing agent in meats. In the pharmaceutical health industry, gelatin is used to make the shells of capsules for medicines, dietary/health supplements, syrups, etc. It is highly digestible and serves as a natural protective coating for medications. The unique chemical and physical properties of gelatin make it an important component in the photographic industry. Gelatin serves many useful purposes in the preparation of silver halide emulsions in the production of photographic film.
  • What are the additional uses of gelatin in the edible market?
    Here is a short list of products in which gelatin is present:
    • Dairy: ice cream, sour cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, cream pies
    • Meat: aspics, meat loaf and pates
    • Desserts: jellied desserts, puddings, frostings
    • Confectionery: gum drops, lozenges, wafers, candy cigarettes, marshmallows, fruit snacks, gummi snacks
  • What is gelatin’s shelf life?
    If kept in its original container at ambient humidity and a controlled temperature, gelatin can last five years or more. This has more to do with degradation of the packaging than the deterioration of the gelatin.
  • Are all gelatins the same?
    No. Gelatin is tested and “graded” according to its strength. The grade is based on the “bloom” test; the higher the bloom number the higher the grade. Bloom is a measure of the gel strength, indicating the firmness of the set gel. Different bloom strengths are required for different applications, and must be considered together with other performance characteristics when selecting a suitable grade of gelatin.
  • What quality control measures are taken in the manufacturing of Kolatin?
    Manufactured under the most exacting standards of quality control
    Kolatin is produced in a state-of-the-art ISO-9001 certified facility, under the highest standard of quality control. Only 100% domestic hides are used, and each run is subject to an extensive series of tests, including microbiological analyses.
  • What other tests are run on gelatin?
    There are a number of other physical tests run on gelatin: pH, moisture, viscosity (how thick the liquid gelatin is at a standard temperature), ash content, and heavy metals (e.g. lead) are a few of the more common ones.
    Since great care is taken in the gelatin plant to produce a pure, clean product, a number of microbiological tests are run to ensure the wholesomeness of the gelatin. At a minimum, microbiological tests are on Total Plate Count, Salmonella, E. Coli and Total Conforms.
  • Is Kolatin® real kosher gelatin unflavored ingredient healthy?
    Yes. Kolatin® Kosher Gelatin – Unflavored ingredient is 100% bovine gelatin. This is a natural, non-allergic 100% protein sourced ingredient. Additionally, it is low calorie, carb-free, gluten-free, sugar-free and cholesterol-free, low sodium.
    Kolatin unflavored gelatin is useful in replacing eggs in many recipes, and is a good source of protein and amino acids!
  • In what flavors is Kolatin® Real Kosher Gelatin dessert available?
    Kolatin® Gelatin Desserts are available in Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Orange, Lime. All flavors are available in both regular and sugar-free varieties.
  • Are Kolatin® gelatin desserts gluten free and fat free?
    Yes
  • Are Elyon® Marshmallows peanut free?
    Yes. All Glatech products are manufactured on lines that do not handle peanuts. However, there are peanuts in the same plant. Individuals with severe allergies should consult with a physician to determine if they can use Elyon® marshmallows.
  • Do Glatech products contain any allergens?
    Elyon® Marshmallows contain fish gelatin. Kolatin Unflavored does not. All product allergen statements can be downloaded from the Products page

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