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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

DIY Popsicles: Part Deux

We went kind of crazy at Costco and bought too many cases of fruit for a family of four. The peaches were ripe by day two and it was too warm to bake so I decided to try making popsicles.

white peach and blueberry--no sugar!

The white peaches were so sweet that I just pureed them and poured them straight into the popsicle mold. I added half a dozen blueberries for interest. The popsicles were a hit!

I liked the texture of the pureed fruit much better than when I tried making popsicles with just orange juice or mango juice. My favorite popsicle is Dreyer's Real Fruit strawberry. It tastes like pureed strawberries, not icy like most popsicles. They add carob bean gum and guar gum to make a more stable, smoother texture so unless you add these ingredients, your homemade popsicles will still have a slightly icy texture.

I can see this working with lots of different kinds of fruit: strawberries, watermelon, even applesauce! Depending on the sweetness of your fruit, you might have to add some kind of sweetener: sugar, simple syrup, honey, agave. No matter how sweet your strawberries seem, you will probably have to add some sugar. For watermelon, you might want to add some lime zest and lime juice to cut that "fishy" smell. Then add a little agave to balance out the lime juice.

The key is to taste the pureed fruit before you pour it into the mold. Sometimes, you may not need any sweetener. You've gotta feel good about that!

For more about homemade popsicles, check out this post:


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