Strawberries!

At Last!

Our Strawberries have come along

It was a dream that we could speak to

Sweet!

Sweet!

A dream we can call our own!

At Last!*

 

Yes finally, we have a beautiful and tasty crop of strawberries for the first time!  I am not talking about a few berries here and there, no sir!  I mean an abundance of fruit that allowed for six kids to chow down for about 10 minutes (think of locust) and there’s still a significant amount out there of soon-to-be-ready and now ready berries to pick.

I bet they would make a good jam or preserve.  Any volunteers?

Because they were the first to be harvested, strawberries are our featured recipe.  With a little research, I came up with two recipes for Strawberry Lemonade.

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Strawberry Lemonade

www.epicurious.com

Yield:  Makes about 1 1/2 quarts

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb strawberries (1 1/2 cups), trimmed and halved
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 5 lemons)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cold water

Preparation

  1. Purée strawberries with 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a blender until smooth, then force through a fine sieve into a bowl to remove seeds.
  2. Stir together strawberry purée, remaining lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, and water in a large pitcher until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Taste, then add more sugar if desired. Serve over ice.  (To diminish sweetness add more water)

Cooks’ note:  Lemonade can be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered.

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

© 2010 S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

www.RightatHome.com/recipes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients

(Servings: 2)

2 cups frozen or fresh* strawberries (about 24 strawberries)

*You can flash freeze the fresh strawberries beforehand

1/2 cup crushed ice (or smallest cubes possible)

1/2 cup lemon juice (fresh or bottled)

3 packets of sugar substitute or

2 Tablespoons of sugar (or to taste)

3/4 cup water

Optional

1/4 lemon, sliced, for garnish

1 Tablespoon of ginger, fresh or dried (finely chopped)

A Few Mint Leaves

Directions

Step 1:

Allow frozen strawberries to thaw slightly (or if fresh partially freeze).

Step 2:

Before placing ice cubes in blender, crush large chunks by sealing securely inside a Ziploc® Brand Storage Bag and rolling over the bag firmly with a rolling pin.

Step 3:

Combine lemon juice, strawberries, sugar substitute or sugar, crushed ice and water in blender jar. If blades get stuck, add more water.

Step 4:

Blend on high with lid tightly secured until smooth and thick.

Step 5:

Pour into glasses and serve immediately.  Garnish with a slice of lemon, if desired.

 

Is it good? Bonnie says yes!

Is it good? Bonnie says yes!

 

*At Last written by Harry Warren, Mack Gordon

 

 

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