What's refreshing and cooling on a hot summer day?

So cool and refreshing...Snow Capped Strawberry Granita

Fresh berry season begins with strawberries, the most popular of all berries.

Fresh strawberries have a delicious naturally sweet taste but there's only about 50 calories in a whole cup! Strawberries are highly nutritious. Eight medium size fresh berries contains about 150% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 20% of folate. They're also high in potassium and a good source of dietary fiber.

When shopping, choose strawberries with a bright red color and fresh green caps. Since strawberries do not continue to ripen after they've been picked, don't buy berries that are partly white and unripe. The size of a strawberry is not a factor in determining the sweetness or taste. That's determined by the variety of strawberry, weather and growing conditions, and the degree of ripeness when picked. Fully ripe berries, large or small will be equally sweet and flavorful.

Do not wash fresh strawberries or remove the caps until you're ready to eat them or use them in a recipe. Store strawberries in a covered container in the refrigerator and use them as soon as possible after you buy them. To wash strawberries, place them in a large strainer or colander and rinse with cool water. Remove their caps with the point of a paring knife or gently twist and pull them off.

Grocery shopping tips - Recipe measurement equivalents

# 1 pint strawberries = 2 cups whole berries

# 1 pint strawberries = 2-1/4 cups sliced berries

# 1 pint strawberries = 1-3/4 cups pureed berries

# 1 pint strawberries contains about 16 to 20 medium size berries or 12 to 14 large berries.

# 1-1/2 to 2 quarts of fresh strawberries are needed for a 9" pie

# 1 cup of strawberries weighs about 4 to 5 ounces

# 1 quart of strawberries weighs about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 pounds

# 1 flat of strawberries contains 8 quarts and weighs about 12 pounds

# To use fresh strawberries in a recipe that calls for frozen strawberries -
Substitute 2 cups of sliced fresh strawberries for one 20 oz. package of frozen strawberries.Nothing refreshes like a fruity granita on a hot summer afternoon.

 

Are you ready for the easiest, coolest, most refreshing Granita ever?  This Strawberry Granita is a favorite and easy to make.

Fresh Snow Capped Strawberry Granita

1 pound fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
1/2 cup unrefined sugar
Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
8 teaspoons heavy cream 1

Wash, hull, and slice the strawberries. Place sliced strawberries in a large bowl. Toss the strawberries with the sugar; let stand for at least one hour at room temperature, or up to four hours in the refrigerator. The strawberries will be very juicy.
Puree the strawberries their juices and the lemon juice in a food processor or blender. Process until crushed. Working in batches, press the puree through a fine sieve to extracts seeds. Pour

Pour mixture into a bowl or large tub; ideally the mix should be no deeper than about 1 inch. Freeze until solid, at least 1 hour.

Remove from freezer 5 minutes before serving. Using a sturdy scoop or spoon mound granite into goblets and cap each wth a trickle of cream. The cream will solidify, semi frozen, like a snowcap on a pink mountain. Serve quickly before has time to melt

** Granita looks fantastic if served in wine or martini glasses. Moisten rims of 6 martini or wine glasses with water; dip rims into some sugar, and then add the granita. This recipe was inspired by a post in deliciousliving.com

 

This is a partial repost from http://tinyurl.com/ZestoLife.  You're invited to stop by and leave a comment - What's your favorite way to cool off in the summer heat?

 

 

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