Strawberry-Basil Ice Pops

Strawberry Basil Popsicles

Strawberry Basil Popsicles

Strawberry-Basil Ice Pops

Wondering what to do with the strawberries you  just brought home from the farmer’s market?  Better yet, did you grow strawberries yourself?  At Exterior Spaces we planted strawberries in a pallet and watched them grow and produce bunches of strawberries (see previous post on pallet gardening). Do you have a bunch of basil growing in your yard?  Then I’ve got a treat for you…

This recipe comes from the recipe book, “Ice pops”, by Shelly Kaldunski.  The blend of sweet strawberries with the anise flavor of basil make this a smashing combination.  Last summer when I made these I couldn’t keep them in the freezer.  I think I’ll be making some of these later today.

I use a Zoku quick pop maker.  This gadget can be purchased from Williams-Sonoma for around $50, plus some more for any additional odds and ends.  I purchased extra “sticks” to use with mine.  The Zoku is great because you can have frozen popsicles within minutes of making them.  However, making popsicles does not mean you need a fancy freezing machine, any freezing method will do.  Enjoy!

Zoku Popsicle Maker

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut in half
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and basil.  Pour in 1/3 cup water.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved and a syrup has formed.  Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the basil syrup into a blender or food processor, discarding the basil leaves.  Add the strawberry halves, lemon juice and salt. Process until nice and smooth.

If using conventional ice pop molds, divide the mixture among the mods.  Cover and freeze until solid, at least four hours or up to three days.  If using sticks, insert them into the molds when the pops are partially freezer, after about 1 hour, then freeze until solid, at least three more hours.

If using an instant ice pop maker (such as the Zoku), follow the manufacturer’s instructions to fill the molds and freeze the pops.

I hope you all enjoy these popsicles as much as my family does.

Happy Gardening and Much Love
From the Exterior Spaces Family!

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