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Friday, April 23, 2010

strawberries galore

Yup still posting about strawberries over here. If you don't like them then this post isn't for you - sorry! 


First up take your beautiful freshly picked from the farm berries {or ya know berries you get at the grocery store!} wash them, cut the tops off and slice them. We're gonna do two things with these berries today. 
Before we get too into the berry cutting and slicing make sure the kiddos are happily playing. This particular morning Abby was having a snack/second breakfast after we came home from the gym and enjoying it on the porch. 
Micah was also out there with Abby playing in the sandbox, the dogs water bowl that I had placed on the porch and whatever else he wanted to play with. 
He was able to go out on the porch (which is right off the kitchen!) because of this lovely gate that Beau so kindly put up for me! Usually if Abby wants to go outside and I'm not going out with her Micah is stuck inside, whining to go out. 
Now back to the berries! We're making strawberry ice cream! After the berries are cut and sliced - I got two cups of the sliced berries in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of lime juice (the recipe calls for lemon juice but I didn't have any lemons so I used what I had) and a 1/3 cup of sugar. Place the berries in the fridge for 2 hours to get all yummy! Now all the extra berries I cut I dried and placed on a pan in a single layer then put the pan of berries in the freezer to use them for smoothies {or daiquiris!} either will be yummy!
Then you'll want to round up the kiddos from the porch, strip the baby because he's a mess from spilling the dog bowl and sitting in the sandbox, take a shower with the baby since you went to the gym that morning, then head to the grocery store to get milk to finish making the ice cream, make it home from the store and start lunch before making the ice cream. Or maybe that's just what I did in those two hours. 

To make the ice cream part of the strawberry ice cream you'll want to take 1 cup of milk and 2/3 cup of sugar. Whisk them together until the sugar is dissolved. Then add 2 cups of heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon{-ish or maybe a little more in our house!} of vanilla and any juice that is in the bottom of the bowl of strawberries you put in the fridge 2 hours before. Pour this mixture into your ice cream mixer, turn on and let it freeze for 20-25 minutes.
During the last 5 minutes you'll want to add in your sliced strawberries. This is what cause problems for me. See when I added the strawberries it cause my ice cream bowl to be a little on the full side. Resulting in this mess when it was done freezing. Since the ice cream was still fairly soft I put it in a container and placed it in the freezer to harden some more. 
The result: some very yummy homemade strawberry ice cream. The only problem I had was the berries got so cold in the ice cream that they were hard to eat at first but still very tasty! 

Next up to make: some healthy strawberry yogurt popsicles for my yogurt loving kids. 
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1 comment :

Christine said...

Mmmmmm......

I LOOOOOVE strawberries.