Friday, May 22, 2020

Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt


I don't know what the weather has been like where you live, but here in the Southeast it has certainly been an unusual May. The weather has been unseasonably cool for this time of year. I don't recall ever turning on the heat in May, but we sure had to this week.

In our area, strawberry fields begin producing fruit in May, and the season is typically over by mid-June. This year, the fields are bursting with beautiful red fruit. Due to the pandemic, however, our favorite farms aren't allowing people to pick their own berries. So my husband placed an order for three gallons of pre-picked berries (at $12 per flat) and we picked them up (drive-through service) last Saturday. It was a gorgeous day, which, under normal circumstances, would have been an ideal day for picking our own berries. 

Paul and I divided the work of cleaning roughly 2-1/2 gallons of strawberries, which we store in a small chest freezer downstairs (we use frozen strawberries year-round to make smoothies). This amount won't be enough to last until next May, so we'll head back to the farm for more berries. I'm worried about what all the rain we've had this week will do to the strawberry crops. We may have to wait a while for the sun to come out and ripen more fruit.


Last weekend, a friend shared with me a recipe for strawberry frozen yogurt from the blog Two Peas and Their Pod. The recipe requires only four ingredients: fresh strawberries, sugar, Greek yogurt and lemon juice. It's very simple to make and very delicious! 

Last Sunday, I made the yogurt following the recipe almost exactly. The one thing I did differently was to increase the amount of strawberries. Because these berries are so sweet on their own, I felt the yogurt was a bit too sweet, so I made a second batch last night with half the amount of sugar and twice the lemon juice. Those changes made the yogurt a little tart and tangy, which I love. It's still a sweet, refreshing treat, without being too sweet. If you try this recipe, I suggest adjusting the amount of sugar depending on the sweetness of your berries and to suit your taste buds.



Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

For the recipe, visit Two Peas and Their Pod

If you would like to make the adjustments that I made, simply:

- increase the amount of strawberries to approximately 1-1/4 pounds
- decrease the amount of sugar to 1/3 cup
- use 2% Greek yogurt, rather than 0% (I use Fage brand)
- increase the amount of fresh lemon juice to 2 teaspoons

You can also try cutting the sugar to 1/3 cup and using only 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.

Don't let strawberry season pass you by without making this delicious frozen yogurt!



3 comments:

  1. Oh this looks mouth wateringly delicious! There is hardly anything more delicious than fresh picked strawberries! Now I think I might need to get an ice cream maker!

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    1. Rhoda, you definitely need an ice cream maker! The next recipe I might try is rum raisin. Yum!

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  2. Looks delicious!

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