Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Do you dare to try it?

Every year around this time – late June/early July we go Mulberry Picking.

IT is one of the many pickings we do during the year.

We picked strawberries for .80/lb. We picked as long as we could STAND it for a whopping 40 lbs this year.

We pick mulberries for FREE ...if we can find a tree that hasn’t already been picked

We pick blueberries for $1.50/lb (it WAS .95/lb 2 yrs ago!) We try to pick 50 lbs each year!

We pick apples for $1.25/lb in September. We picked $100 worth of apples last year!

We pick raspberries in the fall as well – they are NO deal to pick. We pick 2 pints only.

To my dismay, right after we picked 4 lbs of hard to reach mulberries, the Homewood Village services came by and CHOPPED ALL BRANCHES within reach. We have been picking them on the outskirts of a VERY near by golf course. SO, we have been forced to find ourselves a new tree(s) to patronize!

Before the trees were BUTCHERED 3 days ago, we had enough to fill a gallon size zip lock freezer bag.

So with Mulberries I made Mulberry Ice Cream for Recipe club.

I found it too sweet so I changed the recipe and added ½ cup LESS sugar. WAY better and I probably could have lowered the sugar even more. And I make it in the Vitamix- so it takes like 2 minutes.

My recipe:

1 cup soy milk

¼ cup or less sugar

2 lbs Mulberries

½ tsp vanilla

1 cup ice cubes optional

blend it on HIGH for 30 seconds and WHALAA!!! (That is at Vitamix speed, NOT Kitchen Aid high speed, if you know what I mean!)

YUM!! And as you can tell, this ice cream is no WIMPY PASTEL color - it has MAJOR teeth staining, clothes staining, face staining qualities. But man is it worth it!


Andrea said...

That sounds like so much fun and sooo yummy! I've got to find a place here to do some picking. I love fruit!

Sarah said...

I'm sad i missed it this year

Cami said...

That is fun. I never take my kids because they don't like berries, so I don't know if I could motivate them to pick them, and I don't want to do it myself!