Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Homemade Summer Treats

Retro Housewife while not looking forward to the Oklahoma heat, is looking forward to cold treats!

Summer is just around the counter and that means it's almost time for lemonade, ice cream, popsicles and other yummy foods. Often these items are full of nasty chemicals so here are some recipes for making your own healthier versions. 

1 cup of fresh lemon juice (around 6-8 lemons)
1 cup of sugar
7 cups of water

Mix all the ingredients and chill.

*Note: It's easier to dissolve sugar in hot water so you can boil a little bit of the water, add the sugar and then mix it with the rest of the water and the lemon juice.

No Power Ice Cream
A great way to make ice cream this summer is the Play & Freeze Ice Cream Ball. They are BPA-free and use no electricity! You just fill the ball and roll it around. It's a great way to burn some calories before pigging out on ice cream. Here is my recipe that works for the original size ice cream ball.

1 quart of Half & Half or Cream (Half &Half takes a bit longer but is more affordable and lighter)
1 tablespoon vanilla
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar

Fill the ball with ice and rock salt (via directions with the ball).

Mix all ingredients in bowl and pour in to the metal cylinder of the ice cream ball.

Now it’s time to make the ice cream. Just roll the ball around for 15 minutes, then check the ice cream and scrap the hard ice cream off the sides and add a bit more ice and salt. Then around again for 15 more minutes.

Favorite juice

Pour into a popsicle mold and freeze. I'm lusting over this plastic-free popsicle mold, you can also get bpa-free plastic molds from The Soft Landing.

What are your favorite homemade summer treats?


Kate said...

One thought about the lemonade...I like to make a concentrate (adding only a little water and dissolving everything over the stove, then letting it cool and go into a glass jar in the fridge). Then I have it on hand easily for grill outs, parties, or just playtime in the back yard.
Ooh, and sometimes I add some handfuls of fresh mint from the herb garden (the only kind of garden I seem to not kill...) and boil it in a little water before adding the lemon juice and sugar...minty lemonade is even more refreshing and delicious!

Green Oklahoma said...

Kate: I should have said it's easier to dissolve the sugar if you make a simple syrup. I like the concentrate idea, you could freeze it too!

Lisa said...

Btw above is me (Lisa). Didn't know I was signed into the wrong account haha.


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