Monday, April 26, 2010

Strawberry Fever

Solid Strawberry

April is raining strawberries. Florida had some bad luck earlier in the year, delaying the normal strawberry season. Now it's annual harvest is overlapping with California's and a rash of fresh bright red berries is reddening up the aisles of grocers across America. I'm toiling all this week to find a cure strawberry fever. First up, cool strawberry ice cubes. Drop one or two into a glass of lemonade and watch it melt into strawberry heaven. The cubes can be stored in freezer bags for 1-2 months, so you can keep that strawberry feeling strong.

Strawberry Ice Cubes

1 qt strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/4 sugar
1 tblsp orange juice

Set aside 2 big berries. Toss all the ingredients in a bowl and let sit for one hour. The sugar and juice will macerate the berries, making them softer and easier to puree.

Sweetness

Add berries with juices to a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. Slice up the remaining 2 berries. Garnishes bottom and sides of an empty, clean ice cube tray with strawberry slices. Pour berry puree into trays, laying a few berry slices on top. You may have extra puree, that's terrific on its own as a drink or for another use.

Freeze tray for 6-8 hours or until solid. Pop cubes, and plop into a lemonade. Also let melt into limeade, orange, cranberry, grapefruit, or mango juices. Substitute your strawberry ice cubes in place of regular ice cubes in a smoothie.


Refreshingly strawberry

2 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to try this! Brilliant!

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  2. I love Juice because It is not only look delicious but also very healthy

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