What Is Gelatin? How to Cook With Gelatin

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Aug 11, 2021 • 2 min read

‘Gelatinous’ might not be high on your list of enticing food words, but it’s got a lot going for it, promise.

What Is Gelatin?

Gelatin is a protein derived from the collagen in animal parts; it acts as a kind of natural adhesive in foods like jams, jellies, and gummy candy like gummy bears. It’s also the gelling agent behind Jell-O’s signature wobble. Flavorless and colorless, gelatin products are found in powder or single-sheet form.