I really enjoy fresh fruit of all kinds, and I try to eat as much as I can, especially since I am pregnant. Sometimes with only Andrew and I in our house, however, we don’t finish eating all of our fresh produce before it starts to go bad. I try not to buy too much at once, but sometimes something slips by me and I realize that the fruit is going, going…gone.
Last week, I was bummed to discover that some of our apples had bad spots on them (really, really bad spots). I didn’t want to throw them away because I HATE wasting food, so I cut off the bad spots and determined that what was left of the apples was salvageable. We also had some strawberries that were looking a little sad, so I decided to make something delicious.Enter – the juicer.We got a juicer shortly after we got married with some of our gift card money. It quickly became one of my favorite kitchen appliances (though I really don’t care for cleaning it) because fresh juice is just SO much better than bottled. I don’t know how to describe fresh juice other than to say that it’s like drinking a piece of fruit…so flavorful, delicious, and refreshing! It also requires no extra sugar, flavors, or additives, and I like knowing that I’m drinking something that really is good for me.I threw the fruit in the juicer, poured the juice in some popsicle molds, and a few hours later had probably the BEST homemade popsicles I’ve ever had. I think the secret is the ripeness of the fruit because I did not add any sweetener to these and they were fantastic.
To make these popsicles, you need:
- 3 ripe organic apples
- A dozen or so organic strawberries
- Bowl to catch juice
- Popsicle mold (I got mine at either Target or Wal-Mart…not sure which but they should be out now that summer is coming)
- Wash all fruit.
- Cut apples so that they will fit in your juicer (with the type of juicer we have, that’s the only prep I have to do. Some juicers may have you core the apples as well, so make sure to read your instruction manual!)
- Place bowl under juicer spout.
- One by one, put the apple pieces into the juicer. Then, add the strawberries.
- Pour the juice into the popsicle molds.
- Cut a strawberry or two into small pieces and put a few pieces into each mold (this was a really yummy last minute addition that I thought of).
- Put the handles into the molds and place the popsicle tray in the freezer.
- In a few hours, have a delicious, homemade popsicle with no sugar added. :)
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