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Be Fruitful and Popsicle April 18, 2010

Filed under: blueberries,dessert,easy,locavore,sunset valley farmers market,thrift — Austin Frugal Foodie @ 7:05 pm

why yes, I did run out of time to put the sticks in

Spying an incredible deal at the SFC Farmers Market at Sunset Valley this past Saturday,  I snatched up eight baskets of locally-grown, chemical -free strawberries for only $2 a pint from Flint Rock Hill.  These fraises were priced to move and had to be processed very soon.  I remembered that big bag of organic blueberries from Costco still hogging up freezer space (I don’t think my cooking/eating style suits warehouse shopping).  And on a couple of recent warm-day walks home from school with the kindergartner, I recalled our refreshing Cantaloupe Popsicles that we enjoyed all season long last year, rewards for the brutal 20 minute Death Valley trek home.  So, popsicles it be!

I loosely followed my cantaloupe popsicle recipe, without the benefit of lemons or limes, replacing the Amaretto with Frangelico, adding Texas orange zest and playing around with varying proportions of strawberries to blueberries.  Local honey is a must!

We’re well stocked with frozen novelties for now.  Even on a cool spring day like today, a cold fruity treat revives the family.

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from “can’t”aloupe to “can”aloupe July 12, 2009

Filed under: cantaloupe,dessert — Austin Frugal Foodie @ 9:35 am
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molding my 'sicles

pop-a-sicle!

I recently bought a small, quite fragrant cantaloupe at Sunset Valley Farmers Market.  Entranced by the heady aroma, I ignored the unfortunate fact that I actually don’t like melons (watermelons being the irresistibly refreshing exception).  This unabashedly ripe orb seemed to promise new possibilities of edibility.  At the very least the baby could try it.

Baby liked the new fruit just fine but my older son quickly decided he didn’t enjoy melon after all.  And despite that honeyed scent I couldn’t put a piece into my mouth and my husband wouldn’t even feign temptation.

What to do?  Popsicles, of course!  Now the whole family can dig these melons!

CANTALOUPE POPSICLES yield depends on mold size

  • a generous pound of ripe cantaloupe, cut into small chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons Amaretto–I spose this is optional.  You could add a small splash of almond extract instead.
  • fresh lemon and/or lime juice to taste–I used 1 small lemon and half of 1 small lime for my batch.
  • local honey, to taste–I put in about 2 Tablespoons.

Dump everything into your blender.  Pulse to get it going then blend til smooth (or a little chunky, your choice).  Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds and freeze for 1 hour before inserting sticks.  Freeze until hard and unmold at eatin’ time.

Astoundingly (to me) I do not own popsicle molds.  I see such cute ones in stores and magazines.  I probably own most every other kitchen doodad so I used some heart-shaped JELL-O® brand Jigglers® molds that I bought years ago at the (surprise, surprise) thrift store.  You can use waxed paper cups but that’s not so green.  If you don’t mind small ‘sicles ice cube trays will work and faster, too.

Take advantage of a luscious local fruit, in abundant supply right now at good prices.