If you missed my initial post about the strawberries, you can find it here!
I finally used up the last bit of strawberries! First, I made strawberry ice cubes. Basically I put a bunch of strawberries in the food processor, pulsed until they were pureed, but still chunky, and then put them in my food ice cube trays. I have these OXO trays and use them for all of Leilani’s food that I make and they worked perfectly! I froze them so that we could enjoy strawberry lemonade all summer long! Which happens to be one of my absolute favorite drinks. And when mixed with the perfect lemonade, it’s FANTASTIC! If you really wanted to, you could probably mix a little sugar in there or some honey. I’m ok with the tartness!
Next I made a batch of Freezer Jam. I pureed the strawberries just like I did for the ice cubes leaving them a bit chunky. I measured out 3 cups of puree and poured it in a bowl. Then I took 1 and 3/4 cups of organic Honeycrisp apple juice and poured it into a saucepan. Into that, I whisked 1 packet of Sure Jell and about 1/4 cup of honey. Brought it to a rolling boil and whisked for about a minute and then poured it into the bowl of strawberry puree. I mixed that for a good minute and then poured into Ball freezer containers. I put them in the refrigerator overnight to let them set and then put them in the freezer. It turned out great and absolutely delicious! We put the jam on pancakes over the weekend at and it was great! It also feels good to know that it isn’t packed full of sugar!
Last but not least, I froze the rest of the strawberries. I removed the stems and lined them up on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer for about half an hour and then put them in a gallon Ziploc bag. That way, we’ll have strawberries to make strawberry sorbet, smoothies and whatever else!