The feature film Snow Blind that we recently worked on required an edible brain, and since a large part of the production crew as well as ourselves are vegan, we decided to rise to the challenge.
You probably know that jello brains are usually made out of gelatin. And perhaps you also know what gelatin actually is: gross pig mush made out of skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones. Eww. I mean, we’re 100% into horror and gross stuff, but gelatin is taking it way to far in real life horror.
So we came up with a vegan alternative, and oh my did it ever turn out well! So well that I’m going to share with you how to make it!
I used Agar Agar powder, and instead of water I mixed it with oat milk and guava juice. Apparently Agar Agar is not picky at all what it’s being mixed with, and this combo gave me the exact colour I was looking for for a fresh brain. Added bonus, it tastes good as well!
- 10 gr Agar Agar powder (multiply by 3 when using Agar FLAKES)
- 3 cups guave juice
- 1 cup oat milk
- Mold for Jello brain (1 liter)
- Cutting board
- Pot, ladle, stove
- Pour the liquids into your pot and mix the Agar powder in (at room temperature)
- Gently bring the mixture to a boil for about 2 mins (mine didn’t actually boil as in bubbles, but it foamed/puffed up)
- Place empty brain mold on cutting board (as the mold may be hard to move when filled to the brim with a hot liquid)
- Gently pour mixture into the mold.
- Place board + mold in the fridge for several hours.
Slather your vegan brain with your fav home made blood! We make ours out of corn syrup, red food colouring and a bit of chocolate syrup.
Pro tip: wait with putting blood on until the last moment, as the Agar jelly tends to absorbs it.