How do you bloom gelatin?

Blooming gelatin is just the process of soaking it in water before adding it to other ingredients - it helps the gelatin to dissolve evenly.

To bloom gelatin leaves, place as many as you require in a bowl of cold water and leave for 4-5 minutes. Then remove the gelatin and place into the warm liquid which requires the gelling agent.

To bloom gelatin powder, pour the gelatin onto the surface of a small cup of warm water. DO NOT STIR YET! Leave it for 5 minutes to soak and soften, then stir the liquid to combine the gelatin. (The purpose of not stirring immediately is because this can form lumps.)