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Gelatin is best known as a thermal reversible hydrocolloid typically used in gummy bears, yogurt, ice cream, etc. for its melting properties allowing flavors to disperse quickly. There is a wide variety of other applications, however, in both the industrial and consumer markets.



You know about its wobbly side. But the sticky side of gelatin is interesting, too. Gelatin is made from collagen. When that collagen is broken down into protein and turned into an adhesive, the end product is often known as “adhesive gelatin.”  It’s also referred to as “protein glue,” or “hide glue.”

Because of its strong bond, odorless nature and recyclability, it’s common to use gelatin for adhesives. A number of industries use adhesive gelatin because it’s non-toxic, biodegradable, recyclable and water-soluble. Gelatin glue is applied to things like paper towel rolls, sustainable packaging, slipcases, U.S. currency, laminated chipboard, book bindings, folding cartons and much more.

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Baking with gelatin is quite common in restaurants, bakeries, and other commercial kitchens. When heated up and liquified, it’s used as a thickening or gelling agent to stabilize icings, sweeteners, glazes, and fillings. Or, gelatin for bakeries can help pastries set properly and keep them from falling apart. As baker’s gelatin cools and resolidifies, it provides baked goods with a solid form and shape.

While gelatin for bakeries is mainly used to make cheesecakes and cake frostings, there are many other applications. Since most powdered gelatins are unflavored, they can take on any taste. Baking with gelatin also gives pastry chefs and bakers a way to customize the texture of their products, which helps with quality control when baking in bulk.

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There’s a lot more to gelatin’s jiggle than you think. Ballistic gelatin is a standardized medium for testing ammunition to determine its effectiveness for hunting, as well as for military and crime-stopping applications. It’s used mainly because it closely simulates the density and viscosity of human and animal muscle tissue. Ballistic gelatin is also used by medical universities and hospitals to calibrate ultrasounds and imaging equipment because it simulates human organ density so accurately.

Custom Collagen is a proud distributor of VYSE® Professional Grade Ballistic Gelatin. Now you can buy the same professional quality ballistic gelatin used by medical professionals, the FBI, military, law enforcement plus ammunition and gun manufacturers around the world. Our selection of ballistic gelatin products includes ballistic gelatin molds, de-foamer, and gelatin kits.

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We’re going to let you in on a little secret for clarifying wine, beer and even just fruit juices — gelatin is what gets the job done! In scientific terms, gelatin forms coacervates when introduced to other proteins and hydrocolloids. Basically, it precipitates the materials that cause haziness or cloudiness so beverages are crystal clear.

Will adding gelatin to beer or wine affect the taste? Hardly at all! Fining with gelatin adds no outside flavors to your mixture since gelatin is generally a flavorless substance. Fining wine and beer with a little help from gelatin is mainly a simple way to get striking clarity in your beverages.

Whether you want gelatin finings for your brewery or just for an experimental batch at home, Custom Collagen has the gelatin products for you. If you want a smaller quantity, head to the Custom Collagen Retail Site.

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Food grade gelatin has almost unlimited applications within the food industry and has become an essential ingredient in confectionery products. Its appeal lies in its ability to act as a protective colloid, a whipping agent to foam and aerate, a gel, a film former, a binding agent, an adhesive, an emulsifier and a stabilizer. And when needed, confectionery gelatin can even serve several of these functions at once.

Highly versatile, food grade gelatin is commonly used to produce gummy bears, marshmallows, circus peanuts, lozenges, wafers and more. Confections that use gelatin tend to be made with sugar, water and corn syrup. Gelatin is particularly popular in confectionery applications because it has the ability to dissolve slowly in the mouth. This means that it will subtly release flavors while  delivering a smooth taste sensation.

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The key to great skin and hair is in gelatin! Also known as hydrolyzed animal protein, cosmetic grade gelatin is used in everything from facial wash to sunscreen. The biggest benefit of using gelatin in cosmetics production is that it’s dermatologically well-tolerated across the board. A big reason for that, especially in Custom Collagen’s case, it that gelatin is made with natural products that aren’t derived from GMOs. It’s also free of other additives that might irritate certain skin types.

In other recent cosmetic gelatin news, gelatin has been found as a collagen source in topical creams and other value-added cosmetic products. Gelatin in shampoo, and for other cosmetic products, has film-forming properties that help keep skin smooth and hair glossy, so it’s an ideal additive for any skincare company looking to create truly luxurious cosmetics.

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To get the right taste and texture, gelatin use in dairy is quite common. This is especially true for any cultured items, like sour cream and yogurt. The gelatin acts as a binding agent that prevents separation and improves smoothness, extending a product’s overall shelf life. Gelatin in dairy products that are frozen, like ice cream, can slow the rate of melting and prevent ice crystals from forming in the freezer.

Another way to use gelatin in dairy is as a stabilizer for certain kinds of cheese, giving it the right body and firmness. Notably, it is excellent for spreadable cheese, quark and cottage cheese. Additionally, there may be gelatin in dairy products like buttermilk, mousse and whipped cream.

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Jams, jellies and other gelatin desserts are classic culinary confections. After heating and dissolving unflavored, collagen-based gelatin powder into water, it’s simmered with a variety of sugars, sweeteners and flavors to taste. Or, the bloomed gelatin can simply be added to a sweet liquid, like juice or puree, for a different kind of gelatin dessert. The mixture is then cooled until it takes on a rubbery, jiggly texture.

While premade products are popular, custom gelatin desserts can be made on a small or large scale. Adding chunks of fruit and whipped topping are typical modifications to the classic gelatin dessert. Since the mixture will form to any shape, molds are another way to make a wide range of specialized gelatin desserts.

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Horse Care

Poor-quality protein is a common issue affecting horses today. Horses are often fed oaten chaff, which provides very low-quality protein — but gelatin can help. Gelatin for horses is a 100% pure, soluble protein supplement derived from collagen, which is a primary structural component of bones, skin, tendons and other fibrous tissues. Similar to the way humans use gelatin to grow and strengthen our fingernails, equine gelatin can promote the healthy development of horse hooves and coats.

Custom Collagen Equine Gelatin is also a great supplement for horses’ joints, repairing damaged cartilage, reducing stiffness and aiding in wound repair and overall coat care nutrition. Equine gelatin has even been found to help prevent and alleviate common degenerative symptoms of non-infectious joint issues and arthritis. Many owners incorporate gelatin for horse hooves into their horses’ normal feeding regimen. Just make sure to consult your veterinarian prior to administering our popular equine gelatin.

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Gelatin for laboratory use is quite common in the study of microbiology. Lab gelatin can be used as a growth medium to help discover the unique properties of enzymes and other cultures. It can also act as a stabilizer and thickener to improve the study of cultures.

Laboratory gelatin is designed for lab use only. It is recommended that only adequately trained and qualified laboratory personnel handle lab gelatin with proper safety equipment. To reduce risk, do not allow the gelatin to come into contact with the skin, eyes or any orifice where it may be ingested.

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Who doesn’t love marshmallows?  They make a cup of cocoa more decadent on a frosty winter’s day. They bring the ooey-gooey factor to s’mores. Or, they’re good as is for a light and fluffy treat. But in order for marshmallows to be chewy, airy and melty, they have to be made with gelatin.

Gelatin is the aerator that’s most often used in the production of marshmallows. Since it’s made up of collagen, not only can gelatin stabilize foams like egg whites, but it’s mixed with water, the gelatin can be transformed into a thermally-reversible gel. This means that gelatin can melt, then reset due to its temperature-sensitive nature.

Gelatin in marshmallows should be high in bloom and viscosity. In addition, it should also have excellent whipping qualities.

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Edible gelatin is an unlikely hero in the meat processing and packaging industry. Gelatin is used in jellied meat production to gel the fluid and form the pieces of meat into a mold. Canned meat production also relies on gelatin to retain the shape of the products for easy packing. Gelatin is even being used to make sausage casings, since they add more protein and can be used for all necessary applications, including freezing, deep fat frying, grilling and oven cooking.

If your facility produces high quantities of packaged, jellied or canned meat products, Custom Collagen can help. We have bulk pricing and custom processing for any application, so whether you’re making a small batch of meat jelly or thousands of sausage links, we’ll cover your needs. Not to mention, our products are not derived from GMOs and are free from other additives.

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When used in topical applications like facial masks, gelatin helps infuse the skin with moisture and nutrients that stimulate and promote collagen growth. It can also heal damaged skin. So it comes as no surprise that medical gelatin has been used in the treatment of burns and wounds.

Gelatin consists of proteins, and proteins are an essential part of wound healing. Gelatin also has a specific amino acid called glycine which can help reduce inflammation. With medical gelatin, wounds can move from the inflammation stage to the healing stage faster with the necessary amino acids and proteins needed to develop new skin and scar tissues.

Other medical applications include phantom imaging, surgical sponges, ointments, salves, jellies, and suppositories. If you’re interested in purchasing gelatin for the medical industry, contact us for custom orders.

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Looking for a natural way to improve skin and bone health? What about promoting better digestion or maintaining a healthy heart? Gelatin supplements can help with all these aspects of your health and more. That’s why gelatin for nutritional products is becoming more common — for example, you can buy hydrolyzed gelatin, which is a flavorless powder that can be added to food or any hot or cold liquid.

If you specialize in nutritional supplement production and are looking for something new to add to your shelves, gelatin products are a great choice. Custom Collagen offers beef peptides, which are kosher, non-GMO and paleo-friendly, and fish peptides for those who don’t eat beef. Want to buy gelatin supplements in smaller quantities? Visit the Custom Collagen Retail Site to view our selection.  

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Today’s pet owners are demanding better quality food for their animals, which means adding more protein and taking out empty additives like starch. But without starch, it’s difficult for protein-rich kibbles to hold their shape, so they tend to fall apart. Or, rather, they did before gelatin was added to the mix.

Low-bloom gelatin for pet food is an ideal binding solution because it helps kibble stay together while also lending additional protein to the recipe. The end result is nutritious treats and meals for pets and a stable line of pet food production that allows manufacturers to maintain their bottom line.

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NF Grade

NF grade gelatin is typically used in the production of hard and soft gel capsules. Hard capsules, made by dipping steel pins into gelatin, mostly contain powder-based medicines. On the other hand, soft capsules are for liquids, pastes or oils. This delivery method provides a protective coating that helps the ingredients go down easy, making gelatin in pharmaceuticals a huge benefit for patients.

Additionally, manufacturers can use gelatin in pharmaceuticals like tablets, salves, surgical sponges, syrups, plasma expanders and other supplements as a binder or thickener. Gelatins are also used to make great-tasting fortified gummies that contain vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Once again, pharmaceutical grade gelatin serves to make things better for the consumer.

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During the mid 19th century it was discovered that gelatin was a most suitable agent for bonding imaging layers made up of sub-micron-sized grains of silver halide crystals to celluloid film. These layers could range from about 20 or more. Gelatin helps ensure that halides and sensitizers in the film are evenly spread, suspended and stabilized.  

Gelatin for film is primarily derived from crushed beef bone because of the inherent photographic properties of the raw material. It’s often used in all of the layers of a photographic product, including the silver halide crystal-containing emulsion layer, top coating layer, sub-coating layer, anti-halogen layers and non-curl layer.

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