~ Lets Freeze some Spring ! ~
Spring is undoubtedly the most beautiful season of the year . Its the
time of the year when crisp and cold winter gives way to warm , lush
and scenic spring and the winter goodies at the fruit mart make way for
the seasons most awaited jewels - the fresh berries . Strawberries,
mulberries , cape gooseberries , red and green grapes (yes botanically
they are berries too) the market seems to overflow
with the produce .
Strawberries are the most loved berries of the season. Although the
North Indian produces are a bit tart than the sweet , juicy , ripe ones
from the Western Ghats ,Mahabeleshwar belt yet they are enough to
pamper us in innumerable avatars - shakes, smoothie, sorbets,
crumbles, panna cottas, fresh fruit cakes, ice creams, cheesecakes ......
the list is endless. Throughout the season the refrigerator is stacked
with the red beauties and a glass of freshly made strawberry milkshake
is what the lil ones gets before heading for school .
The receding availability of the strawberries this week was enough to prove
that spring is making way for summer and our dear fruit can be relished for
just a few more days . After seeing the frozen berries in some speciality stores
last year I was eagerly waiting to freeze a big batch of my own . The vendor
was more than happy to offer me a good bargain price for picking up 2 kgs
(approx. 4.5 lbs). After removing the greens, washing and pat drying I placed
a kg on a large tray , froze overnight - removed and repacked in a large
ziploc freezer bag next morning.
The remaining were made into puree with some sugar to be consumed
for milkshake , mock tails and fruit lolly bites on the go . I preferred to
keep them low in processed sugars, which if required can always be
added as per the recipe demands.
( tiny frozen cubed delights)
1 kg strawberries , 100 gms sugar ( adjust to tartness or liking )
few Ice cube trays .
Clean , wash and hull the strawberries .Pat dry and cut into large slices.
Grind along with sugar till smooth. Pour in ice trays and freeze for 5-6 hours
or till firm . Unmold and pack in 2-3 ziplock freezer bags .
Can be frozen up till 4-6 months.
So next time your lil one craves for some strawberries in summer/ autumn-
Just whiz together a glass of milk with 5-6 puree cubes and some sugar/ honey
and serve. Or prick a toothpick on a cube and relish it as a guilt
free summer soother.