Coconut Berry Popsicles Recipe

A few weeks ago I shared Gwyneth Paltrows Coconut Berry Sherbet recipe. This sherbet has become my new favorite summer treat. It is so easy to make and tastes so good! I decided to adapt this recipe and make Coconut Berry Popsicles!

To me summer is all about Popsicles. They remind me of being a kid and running after the ice cream truck in hopes of getting a treat. As an adult I thankfully do not have to run after the ice cream truck and can make amazing popsicles at home.

Coconut Berry Popsicles

 Coconut Berry Popsicles… 

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Nutella Popsicle Recipe

Nutella is one of my Husbands favorite food groups. I thought it would be fun to make a Nutella Popsicle Recipe for the summer. It get so hot in Spokane and there is nothing quite like sitting down and enjoying an ice cold popsicle.

I recently purchased a Zoku Duo Quick Pop Maker and have been having so much fun making popsicles. I have a big list of ideas for new popsicle flavors so look for new recipes coming this summer.

I love making recipes with Nutella. It provides a fantastic flavor and is so easy to work with. A few of my favorite Nutella Recipes are

3 ingredient Nutella Cookies
Nutella No Bake Cheesecake
2 Ingredient Nutella Fudge

  Nutella Popsicles Recipe

 Nutella Popsicle Recipe… 

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How to Freeze Strawberries

 

How to Freeze Strawberries

This summer we stocked up on great strawberries from Zaycon foods. Knowing there was no way we could eat 40 pounds of strawberries before they went bad I decided to freeze the majority of them. I am so excited to have a full freezer of fresh fruit this winter. Strawberries are really easy to freeze.

Here is the process I did to freeze 40 pounds of strawberries.

1. Wash and dry the strawberries

2. Pull out the stems and slice the strawberries in half
I used this super cool technique to remove the strawberry stems

3. Place the strawberries on a baking pan cut side up.
I line the baking pan with paper towels in case there is any moisture or juices.

4. Once the strawberries are frozen transfer them to a labeled freezer bag.

How to Freeze Buttermilk

 

How to Freeze Buttermilk

I love using buttermilk with recipes but always find that I have about half the container left over. I hate to throw out the buttermilk especially when it is not cheap and I have never seen a coupon for buttermilk. I started saving my leftover buttermilk by freezing it. Each well of an ice tray holds 2 tablespoons of buttermilk. The buttermilk freezes great and I can just pull out exactly how many tablespoons I need for a recipe.

What you will need

a ice cube tray
buttermilk

Directions.
Measure out how many tablespoons it takes to fill your ice cube tray. Ours takes 2 tablespoons of Buttermilk
Fill the trays and place in the freezer until frozen
Transfer to a freezer bag and label with date.

How to Freeze Cupcakes

How to Freeze Cupcakes

I am so excited to share with you this great tip on freezing cupcakes. We visited with Monica from Love @ First Bite Cupcakes in Spokane Valley and she gave us these great tips on freezing cupcakes.

I was really impressed with how easy it was to freeze cupcakes and how nicely they turned out.

All you have to do is place the cupcakes in the box they come in from the bakery in the freezer. I let ours sit overnight in the box. The next morning they were frozen all the way through. Wrap each individual cupcake in saran wrap and place in a freezer bag.

When you are ready to enjoy the cupcakes all you have to do is pull one out, unwrap it, place it on a plate and a few hours later you have a nice moist cupcake to enjoy.

Here is a link to the Pinterest Pin if you would like to pin it.

Freeze Basil now to enjoy it this winter

 

How to Freeze Basil

Our basil plants have been producing a ton of great leafs this month. I know I am not going to be able to use all of the leafs before winter hits. I decided to try freezing basil this year and see how it turns out. I really like how easy it is to use once it is frozen.

All you need to get started is an ice cube tray, basil leafs, and olive oil.

1. Choose how you would like to freeze the basil.
whole, chopped, or minced

2. Whole or Chopped basil can be placed into a ice cube tray and frozen with olive oil or water
Each ice cube section holds 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

3. Once the cubes are frozen place them in a labeled freezer bag

Basil will keep between 3- 6 months

 I love pulling out a cube and adding it to my pasta dishes. It tastes great and is super easy to use.

How to freeze Peaches

How to Freeze Peaches

This past weekend while my parents were visiting we took a day trip up to Greenbluff. We had so much fun picking peaches. We ended up picking 40 pounds of amazing peaches. I used a few of them in recipes this week and the rest we froze for this winter. I am trying to fill the freezer with as much fresh produce as I can possibly fit. My goal is to stock up on fresh produce while it is at its lowest price so we do not have to pay really high prices in January and February.
Thank goodness my Mom was in town to help with the peaches. It would have taken me a day or 2 to get through all of them by myself.

Here is the steps we took to freeze the peaches.

1. We rinsed the peaches and sliced the tops of them 3-4 times.

Adding slices to the top of the peaches to help with removing the skins.

Thank goodness my Mom was here to help with all of the peaches.

2. We blanched the peaches in boiling water to help maintain the flavor

We blanched the peaches for a minute or so in boiling water.

After soaking them for a minute or so in the hot water we transferred them to the sink to ice cold water.
The skins peeled right off of the peaches after blanching them.

Using a cookie sheet helped to keep all of the peach juices contained

I used a cookie sheet to hold the skinless peaches. I rough cut them into 1/4 slices before bagging them. The cookie sheet held the peach juices so I could add them to the baggies. I sprinkled sugar over the top of the peaches so they will be slightly sweet when we eat them.

Bags of peaches ready for the freezer

I used quart size bags and was able to store 4 cups of peaches in each bag. I figure this is really close to what most of the recipes call for and will be the perfect size to use in winter.
I stacked the peaches in the freezer and let them freeze over night before moving them to our upright freezer.
I did have to wash the bags prior to putting them into the freezer. The peach juices got all over the bags and they were super sticky.

Two Ingredient Wonder! My new favorite frozen treat!

Oh my goodness I have a new favorite frozen treat that may be the easiest thing in the world to make! All you need is….a banana! That’s right 1 single banana and a few hours and you have my new favorite treat. I saw this written up in the August issue of Oprah Magazine and had to give it a shot.

I started with 2 bananas and cut them into about 2 inch pieces and placed them in the freezer for a few hours.

Using a food processor puree the frozen bananas for five minutes. Stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides
The bananas appear chunky and then turn smooth

I added a couple of handfuls of frozen raspberries to add to the flavor.

 Wow is all I can say! This is my new favorite treat. I can not believe it is only 2 ingredients. It is so smooth and tasted great on a hot day. 

I can’t wait to try this with other frozen fruit.

How to Freeze Blueberries

I love picking blueberries in the summer. I thought it would be fun to show how to freeze blueberries so you can enjoy them year round.
We stock upon blueberries while they are in season and then freeze them so we can enjoy them whenever we want to without worrying that the price is ridiculously high for blueberries out of season.

How to Freeze Blueberries

I love freezing produce in the summer so I have tons to pick from when it is snowing. I love blueberries and add them to almost anything I can. I have been stocking up on them at Costco and freezing them for the winter.

Steps to freezing blueberries

1. Gently wash blueberries

2. Spread blueberries on a lined cookie sheet or tray
I use paper towels to line my tray so the paper towels absorb any juice

3. Place in freeze until frozen.

4. place in a dated bag for future use.

Check out our Produce 101 series for tips on buying the best blueberries and how to store them.

Are you wondering what to do with all of the blueberries you have frozen? Check out all of these great recipes
-Fruit Parfait
- Baked Banana Blueberry Oatmeal
-Blueberry Streusel Muffin
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