A couple of years back, I wrote about how to make your own aloe vera gel from aloe vera leaves. In this tutorial, I used the leaves as they are, just cut them up and put them in a food processor. But there’s a couple of problems with doing it this way. First of all, you will still have som green larger pieces in your gel, which doesn’t work very well if you want to use it as a hair gel or as an ingredient in lotion etc. To make this work, you would have to strain the gel to get the larger pieces out. Secondly, there are some who claim that the green part of the leaf shouldn’t be used and can in fact be toxic. In any case, the green parts of the leaf doesn’t really do much good, it’s the gelly substance on the inside that we want.
I’ve been aware of this, but haven’t really found a good way to get the gel out of the leaf. In many instructions, they just say that you should press the gel out, but that hasn’t worked for me at all. The other option was to cut the green parts out with a knife, but then there are till lots of gel left on the green parts that are wasted. But the other day, I found a really effective way of getting the gel out.
First, cut off a large leaf using scissors or a sharp knife. Leave the leaf to stand in a glass or similar for a little while to get rid of any possible yellow gel. Then, take out your potato peeler. What I did was I used a potato peeler to peel off one side of the leaf, leaving one side still with the green parts on (if the leaf is slightly bent, I found it better to peel of the side that is more straight). Then I simply scraped out the gel. I found that using this cheap melon seeder from IKEA was the most effective method but a teaspoon worked basically just as well (also it felt good to actually use the stupid melon seeder for something).
When you have all the gel you want, run it in a food processor, and you’re done! I added a few drops of grape seed extract to prolong the shelf life, but even with the extract I don’t think the shelf life will be more than a couple of weeks if refrigerated, to make it properly preserved you’d need some other preservative.
Also, you might have noticed that my gel is pink. I have no idea why it is so. Sometimes it’s clear, but this time it turned out very bright pink. Either color is totally fine.