Strawberry Sorbet via The Perfect Scoop

Everything must come to an end, including my short strawberry series (Part 1 & Part 2) and this entry is Part 3.

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With my farm strawberries being a day old I decided to use some in a sorbet. Again, another quick, simple and using ingredients found in the kitchen. I was very happy with the result of the sorbet (ie. the method and sorbet’s texture).

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With less than five ingredients (strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and salt), I was determined to make a successful batch of sorbet with beginner’s luck.

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The recipe calls for stirring the berries occasionally with sugar for a total of an hour. So I set my timer for every 10 minutes to give the mix a quick stir.

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To minimize the amount of strawberry juice wasted, I opted to use a hand blender (I used a Kitchen Aid immersion Blender, similar here). It did the job, but it just took longer.

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I usually put the liquid mixture right into the ice cream machine (I use Cuisinart ICE-30BCC). I chilled it in the fridge for two hours before pouring it into the ice cream machine. I turned on the machine and let the mixture spin for 15-20 minutes (leave it for longer if you choose to have a thicker, harder sorbet consistency).

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And after 3-4 hours in the freezer, you’ll have perfect strawberry sorbet. : )

Recipe found in The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz. He has a similar recipe (just omit the milk and honey). Read this for home made ice cream tips.

HAPPY ICE CREAM/ DESSERT MAKING!

Strawberry Lemonade

Having fresh fruits (or vegetables) can be a hassle when I’ve got limited time. I especially didn’t want to waste freshly picked strawberries (have you read Part 1 of my strawberry entries yet?). I ended up finding a simple and easy recipe (via Pinterest) and it was the perfect pairing for the barbeque dinner we had that night. This recipe did not take more than 15 minutes (including preparation).

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Dad had dug up the plastic cups and plates that we use for barbeques and he even found me my cactus martini cup, the perfect presentation for the strawberry lemonade concoction. You can find the full recipe here (P.S. I followed the second method).

Are we Pinterest friends yet? My Pinterest is here! : )

Strawberry Picking at Brooks Farm

*Warning: The next three entries are strawberry related.
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Dad had a random Friday off in July. We were originally going to go trail walking in Hamilton but ended up on strawberry picking on Brooks Farm near Uxbridge. I haven’t been to more than five farms (I’m a city girl) but this was my favourite from the rest. Maybe because I went on a weekday instead of a weekend; less people and hence more quiet. Driving there was easy, hardly any cars on the highway and streets, a lovely drive from the city. There were only peas and strawberries to pick (we went during the first week of July).

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We spent about 45ish minutes on the field. We filled up three baskets and I estimated that we got a total of 14ish pounds. It was cheaper per pound (compared to the other farms I’ve been to), $2.35/ lb.

I would love to go again to pick other fruits and vegetables before the summer ends.