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Gelatine leaves:Where to buy


Mrs Smith, the infinitely better half of the Smith menage, numbers amongst her many attributes excellent culinary skills.

Recently in a number of recipes she has seen reference to leaf gelatine or gelatine leaves.

Powdered gelatine is readily available in NZ, but does anybody know where we can purchase leaf gelatine?

All assistance will be most welcome.

  1. 20/01/2009 18:43

    Good onya, Stephen. I couldn’t remember the conversion rate, and you’re right about why leaves may be better than crystals. After I posted, I thought leaves might be better if the thing you’re making doesn’t require the water that is needed to dissolve the gelatine crystals.


  2. 20/01/2009 12:42

    Don’t thank me, thank Stephanie A. In our house that book is the Bible, or rather the New Testament to the Old Testament of Harold McGee’s On Food and Cooking.


  3. adamsmith1922 permalink*
    20/01/2009 11:51


    That is very helpful, thank you


  4. 20/01/2009 11:17

    Stephanie Alexander says in The Cook’s Companion that “Gelatine leaves produce a superior result to gelatine powder as they dissolve instantly without the worry of undissolved powder remaining. Note that 3 teaspoons gelatine powder is the equivalent of 6 leaves.” I hope this helps.


  5. adamsmith1922 permalink*
    19/01/2009 21:41


    Many thanks.

    Do you know the conversion factor for leaves v powder, i e how much powder = i leaf

    thanks again



  6. 19/01/2009 21:27

    Try ringing Davis/Gelata, the gelatine people in Christchurch 0800 654344 for their distributors. Gelatine doesn’t grow on trees. The “leaves” look like cellulose plastic squares, and is readily substituted with other gelatine products.


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