Extracting Aloe Vera Gel

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I tackled the chore of extracting my own aloe vera gel from a branch I picked up at the Farmers Market. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be but it was definitely messy. 
A plastic spoon, a ziploc bag and a knife. Make sure you have enough space.

Starting at the base of the branch, slice down the middle. The branch I had was huge so I had to cut it in half.

Pull the top layer back to expose the inside of the branch.

Using a spoon, scrap the gel out and it into a plastic bag.

Keep scraping. There will be juice in there so be sure to pour that into the bag as well. 

Use your hand and scrap the remaining out. 

Store in an air tight bag in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. 
I've been using the gel to help add moisture to my hair after washing it and using the juice as a hair refresher. Can't say I've noticed much of a difference but since it's only been a week, I'll give it a little longer.