Friday, June 22, 2012

Strawberry juice

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I am completely in love with my Vitamix blender. I've never loved the idea of juicing because it leaves behind so much good stuff - mostly fiber, which we all need more of, right?

On the other hand, my Vitamix is so powerful that I can throw just about anything in there with some water and get a smooth juice-like result without having to throw anything away.

For a recent beach picnic with my buddies from Food Bloggers Los Angeles, I whizzed up some strawberries (hulls and all!), fresh mint, lime juice and water. I added a little sugar, but it wasn't strictly necessary. The end result: velvety red nectar that made everyone quite happy. If your blender doesn't do quite as good a job as mine, you might want to strain the final product to get rid of any little bits or chunks.

Note: Nobody paid or gave me anything to praise my Vitamix. I bought it with my own hard-earned money and use it almost every day.

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Strawberry juice or strawberry smoothie
Whether you call it juice or a smoothie, this velvety-smooth fresh strawberry drink will dress up your next picnic. If you don't have a professional-strength blender, you might want to strain the finished product before serving.
  • 3 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulls on
  • 1 lime, juice only (about 1/8 cup)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups water (or more to achieve desired texture)
Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend on high until completely smooth. Add more water as needed to achieve desired texture. I like my strawberry juice the consistency of whole milk, but you may want yours thinner or thicker.Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: approximately 1.5 quarts

1 comment:

Christina | Christina's Cucina said...

Erika, I feel exactly the same about my Vitamix. Your strawberry drink sounds so refreshing, sorry I missed the picnic!

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