It hardly takes any time for our kiddo’s taste to change from “yummy, that’s my favorite” to “yucky! I don’t like this”. And I am not talking about weeks or months, but in matter of hours and days. Used to be that Veggie Dosa triangles were his favorite, but not anymore; they have become too ‘spicy’ for him now. Same thing happened with strawberries, few days ago, he declared his undying love for them and said that they were his favorite among fruits.
So when we went to Costco, we brought a 4 lb of fresh, beautiful and luscious strawberries. (Ok, I admit we got carried away and went overboard by buying that large bag). Not surprisingly a day later, he declared that he does not like strawberry anymore and that raspberries are his favorite. Of course, we do not take his whims and fancies seriously and make sure that he eats his share of fruits and vegetables.
This time around however, finishing 4 lbs of strawberries was way too much for me. Many of the strawberries were getting to be a borderline case and I did not wish to toss them away. I thought of a good way to use it and that is when I remembered making Fruit Pops using them. My mom used to make it for us when we were kids and we used to refer to them as lollies (They are referred to as freezer pops here in the US). She used to put fruit juices in them and freeze them. Me and my kid brother used to have a gala time enjoying those pops.
Luckily my parents had sent a good amount of those freezer bags to me from Bangalore and I found a good opportunity to use them all. All that is required to do here, is to make fruit juice/ puree, transfer them into individual bags, seal them and then freeze them. Simple!
Notes: This is one recipe that has the shortest list of ingredients and the procedure could not be simpler. All that is required is to make fruit puree with sugar in it. The only special item you need are the lolly bags/covers.
- Substitute strawberry puree with any other fruit of choice like watermelon/cantaloupe/berries/lemon etc.
- Adjust the sugar as per taste and preference.
- Use fruit juices like orange juice, lemonade, pineapple juice etc.
- This is a good one to carry for picnics, road trips (in an ice-pack, of course) especially during summer.
- These bags were sent to me from Bangalore by my parents. I am not sure where they are available in the US.
Update: These bags are available in Bangalore at the following stores: (we do not have any affiliation to these stores)
1. Victory Essence Mart No. 3, Nalband Lane, A. S. Char Street Cross( Continuation of B.V.K. Iyengar Road) , Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560 053 (India)Phone +(91)-(80)-41225464 / 22873872 Mobile +(91)-9844456974
2. General Food Additives, No.175/3, Opp SBI ATM, 1st Mn Rd, Seshadripuram, Bangalore – 560020 Phone +(91)-(80)-23367878, 23367874, 23360517
- Small plastic funnel/ sippy cup
- Freezer pops bags/ Lolly bags/covers
Directions (making puree):
- Wash the strawberries and let them dry.
- Chop the strawberries into small pieces and put it in a bowl.
- Sprinkle sugar over it and mix it well so that the sugar coats on it. Keep aside for 30 minutes, tossing in between.
- Put this fruit in a blender and puree it until there are no fruit lumps.
- Add some water to this and blend again.
- If using the funnel, place the tip of the funnel in the lolly bag and pour the fruit puree into it.
- If using the sippy cup, pour the fruit puree into it and then squeeze this puree into the lolly bgs.
- Fill it is ¾ of the way and place them vertically in a glass cup. Continue this process until the fruit puree is completed.
- An easy way to seal the other end of the lolly bag is to tie a rubber band.
- Another way to seal it is to use a candle and seal the top end of the bag. Please be careful and watchful of kids if using this method.
- For the later, have a candle ready, fixed in an upright position. Fold the top of the lolly bag about 0.5 inch and hold both end of the edges with your thumb and index finger.
- Run this lightly through the candle flame. You will hear a light melting sound and that is it.
- Place the sealed bag in a freezer container and let it stand upright. Continue with the remaining bags.
- Place it in a freezer for about 4-5 hours.
Serving: Take it out and keep it aside for 5-10 minutes before serving as it tends to be very cold.