Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Our strawberry plants are being tended much more diligently than usual this year.  I had really given up on the strawberries, as they are such slug magnets and I want the sunniest spaces for my tomatoes and zucchini.  But my little girls are not so jaded, and they claimed a huge pot and chose blooming strawberry starts at the plant sale.  They watch them closely and water them daily.  For their efforts, they have been rewarded with some hard little green nubbins that even the slugs still scorn.  June-bearing, my foot.

So I am clearly jumping the gun by buying strawberries so early in the year here in Seattle.  But I have seen the photos of your gardens elsewhere, and I don’t want to wait until it’s too late to get this recipe to you.  Besides, it’s been an ice-cream-making kind of week around here–it’s never the wrong time of year for that.

This recipe is from David Lebovitz’s inspiring book The Perfect Scoop, which makes me want to make so many frozen confections.  This year I’m definitely going to try the parsley ice cream. 

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt: Rinse, hull, and slice a pound of strawberries.  Transfer them to a bowl, stir in 2/3 c. sugar and 2 tsp vodka or kirsch (optional) until the sugar begins to dissolve, then cover and let stand at room temperature for an hour, stirring occasionally.  Puree strawberries and their liquid with 1 c. plain whole-milk yogurt and 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice until smooth.   Refrigerate mixture for at least an hour, then freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


27 thoughts on “Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

  1. StefanGourmet

    I think this would be lovely as well with aged balsamic instead of the liquor. I’ll post about balsamic-honey macerated strawberries soon.

    By the way, you can get rid of the slugs by using non-toxic iron(3)-phosphate. It is approved for organic farming and works very well.

    1. emmycooks Post author

      That is such a good idea! We have a great local ice cream shop that serves a strawberry balsamic ice cream. But wait, do you think it would be good with the yogurt? Maybe I can find a mellow-flavored one. Or use vanilla yogurt and the balsamic vinegar. I am definitely trying that next time, I am making a note in my book right now to remind me. :)

      1. StefanGourmet

        I expect it will depend both on the yoghurt and the balsamic. It would be awfully decadent to use 25-year-old artisan balsamic (over $100 for a 3.5 oz bottle) for this, but oh so good :-) A mellow yoghurt is probably a good idea. I’ve never tried frozen yoghurt to be honest, always use whipping cream to make icecream.

    2. emmycooks Post author

      p.s. I don’t really put anything (even organic) in the garden because the kids play and dig in there. I do set beer traps for the slugs, though, and feed the ones I catch to my chickens!

      1. emmycooks Post author

        Awesome! How much would you go up to next time? And I love the idea of drizzling a (good! syrupy!) bit on top as well.

  2. hännah

    This looks delicious! I’ve seen a lot of recipes for ice cream lately but none for frozen yogurt. I think this will be a perfect summer treat!

    1. emmycooks Post author

      Of COURSE I want tips for fending off slugs! Tell us, tell us! (And if you have a post on this topic please link!) My only strategy is to set beer traps and feed them to my chickens. I should add that I don’t put anything (even organic) in the garden that is potentially hazardous to kids, because I have three of them digging in the dirt out there. :)

      1. Alicia

        Sorry i dont have any posts about slugs, it doesnt really fit with my blog.

        One of the most effective things in warding off slugs that I use is copper. Get some rolls of pennies, and place rings around the crowns, and any of the strawberry plant that is touching the ground. If your plants are in pots, gardening stores sell copper tape, and I find it works pretty well. I keep my strawberries in pots on the patio, and use the tape on the box closest to the ground, and the slugs don’t seem to bother them.

        I also think egg shells help, though I have seen slugs cross over them when they are desperate to get to my dahlias. (that was when I started the penny circles) when we use eggs, I inse the shells, then cook the empty shells in the microwave for a couple of minutes to dry them out and kill the bacteria. Crush them gently, keeping sharp jagged pieces that the slugs supposedly don’t like to cross. It is also good fertilizer for your plants. I keep the egg shells all year and store them up for slug season so that I can place rings around any plant that needs it.

        Beer does seem to work, though I have abandoned it for the “worry free” slug and snail bait. It is 1% iron phosphate and 99% inert ingredients, and is safe for pets, though it does say keep out of reach of children. You may be able to sprinkle a bit in places where the kids don’t go, to help control the population. I sprinkle it everywhere, and I look in all of their “hiding spots” to nab them.

        Good luck, and let me know if the pennies or copper tape works. Or the egg shells…

      2. emmycooks Post author

        I thought maybe you’d posted about keeping your infusion ingredients safe in the garden. :) Ok, I am going to get copper to put around our big strawberry pot (or pile pennies all around, the kids would LOVE that) and I’m going to scatter jagged eggshells all though the patch that sprawls out from the garden beds. I have a good supply of eggshells because we have chickens and eat tons of eggs! I love these ideas, thank you so much!! I will definitely report back.

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