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Strawberry Ice

Apr 02, 2010
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The Italians call this frozen fruit preparation "granita" but you'll have more luck pitching it to your kids as strawberry snow cones.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries, plus additional berries for garnish

Preparation

Mix hot water, sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until sugar dissolves. Blend 3 cups strawberries in processor or blender until smooth. Add sugar syrup and blend until combined. Pour mixture into 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Freeze for about 25 minutes or until icy around edges. Using fork, pull icy portions into middle of pan. Repeat this step every 20 minutes until all the liquid is frozen into flaky, loose crystals. Cover and freeze. When ready to serve, use fork again to scrape crystals into bowls and garnish with berries.

About this time of year, I'm living on popsicles, just to beat the Florida heat wave. I have a zip lock stuffed with strawberries in the freezer now, just waiting for your inspiration! This is definately a big improvement over the expensive "all fruit" popsicles or the "all sugar" trashy ones I get in my weak moments. And, yes you are quite the market master renaming it for your young audience. Looks like that diplomatic education you paid handsomely for has come into great use! Roger, seriously though, I have something to tell you. Having just met you "online" yesterday by watching your Ted talk, I say openly, loudly I LOVE YOU. You have done what I was afraid I would have to do, since I'd not met up with you yet. It was almost creepy in how much my beliefs and goals mirror yours. Everyone thinks I'm goofy, but I remind them, we already SUCCESSFULLY fed ourselves this way, just a few decades ago. I know it's not the only answer, but it's certainly a major portion. I have a tiny urban farm where my true product is education about the power of soil and seeds. The veg. stand is just to keep $ flowing so the projects can flourish, plus I live to eat, well, you know what I mean. I sit on our county's Food Policy Councel and travel hither and yon to learn how to help make the great correction toward a healthy food system. We are implementing a simple aka cheap, Will Allen style aquaponicsystem to add to our small farm system. Our town has an annual veg fest that is a huge hit, but it's still illegal to grow a bean and sell it to your neighbors, God forbid eggs. I would love to hear more about how you Mainers handled that burr and how we might do the same. Glad to work in your wake. Thanks, Jennifer Sanders Heritage Farms Jacksonville, Florida

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