Great Lakes Gelatin
When most people think of gelatin, they think of those tiny cups in your lunchbag or molds of a gooey-like substance that tastes vaguely of fruit. Although, gelatin is capable of so much more than being just a jiggly, artificially flavored and colored snack. Gelatin can be used to improve your skin by making it smoother and help to conceal scars while giving your hair a decadently luxurious glow. If used properly with a balanced and sensible diet, gelatin can be also be quite healthy as leading nutritional researchers have found that it’s an excellent source of protein and the calcium. Great Lakes Gelatin long ago realized the potentially immense health benefits of their products and is at the forefront of modern aspic—a dish in which ingredients are set into a gelatin made from a meat stock or consommé. How Great Lakes Gelatin got started 1988—Great Lakes Gelatin launched in Grayslake, a small working-class suburb a few miles north of Chicago. But that is only a portion of the story. They actually started out as the Grayslake Gelatin Company way back in the Prohibition-era of the 1920s. Founder of the company, Harry Epstein, located his plant in suburban Chicago to take advantage of the nearby, purified well water and unpolluted country air. Preservatives or chemical additives were not used while making the gelatin, and the company lived by strict guidelines to keep their products pure. Epstein wanted to make a superior quality gelatin that provided large amounts of health benefits and that was exactly what he did. Under his guidance, the Grayslake Gelatin Company not only produced some of the best meat-based gelatin in the country, but also became the gold standard of what gelatin should be. All good things must come to an end, and Grayslake Gelatin Company was not immune to this. Grayslake Gelatin Company shuttered in the late 80s, but from their collapse came Great Lakes Gelatin, which carries on the traditions of affordable and tasty meat-based gelatin. What kind of things does Great Lakes Gelatin sell? Great Lakes Gelatin believes in simplicity. They don’t have an overwhelmingly large catalog of products to choose from. They do one thing and they do it exceptionally well, making the very best meat-based gelatin. Three gelatin products they carry are beef gelatin, beef kosher gelatin, and porcine gelatin, which will be explained below: Collagen Hydrolysate:This is a kosher beef product. Hydrolyzed collagen is a unique combination of amino acids in concentrated levels made from collagen found in the bones, skin and tissue of grass-fed cattle. The finished product is pure protein that is gluten-free, fat-free, low in sodium, only 43 calories, and is completely kosher. Beef gelatin: Great Lakes Gelatin makes their beef gelatin from grass-fed cattle raised in a natural environment from the finest farms in the world. The finished product is pure protein that is gluten-free, fat-free, low in sodium, and is only 43 calories. Porcine gelatin: Porcine is just a clever way of saying pork. The company makes their pork gelatin with free-range pork raised in a natural environment from farms they trust and have worked with for years. The finished product is pure protein that is gluten-free, fat-free, low in sodium, and is only 43 calories. Allergen-free: Their gelatins are free of peanuts, dairy, soy, wheat, and eggs. As long as it stored in a well ventilated and dry place, the gelatins made by Great Lakes Gelatin have an almost indefinite shelf life. How does Great Lakes Gelatin make their gelatin? Essentially, gelatin is a mixture of dehydrated collagen and proteins that are revived in hot water. To make their gelatin, Great Lakes Gelatin acquires large quantities of grass-fed beef hides or free-range pork skin—they are raw materials rich in collagen that make excellent gelatin. They thoroughly clean their materials then treat them with heat and a proprietary mixture of compounds. The outcome of this process is purified and dried to form the gelatin powder. Any other things about Great Lake Gelatin products I should know about? Great Lakes Gelatin products are MSG free. There is some bad information out there and we’re not sure where it came from. Some people believe that gelatin naturally contains MSG, but Great Lake Gelatin wants to dispel those rumors and proudly say that their products are entirely devoid of MSG. Great Lakes Gelatin products are gluten-free. They use grass-fed cattle for their beef gelatins, and free-range pork for their porcine gelatins—that’s it! There’s no wheat in any of their products, making it safe for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerances.