Strawberry Gelato

It will give me such great comfort if the following scenario has played out at your house at some point this summer:

“MOM, I can’t find my (lost item)!!  I think (name of younger sibling) took it again!  (He/She) is always taking my stuff!”  You then assist in an exhaustive search, and discover that the ‘missing’ item has been in the accuser’s own bedroom all along, and had he/she picked up his/her clothing and bath towel that morning (as you had requested), the lost item never would have gone missing in the first place.

My middle child ‘lost’ both a swimsuit coverup and a cellphone in one 45 minute period yesterday afternoon.  She accused her younger sister of absconding with these items.  The coverup was found in the child’s very own bedroom, and the phone was found in her pool bag.  “Well……well..…well!” was all she could sputter.

Yesterday morning I went out into the garage to fetch the canister part of my ice cream maker.  Haven’t seen it in years, but I decided I wanted to take advantage of sale strawberries and whip up some homemade gelato.  I keep the canister on a shelf by the freezer in the garage, and yesterday it wasn’t there.  And because I’m not above such baseless accusations myself, I said (loudly and to no one in particular), “WHAT DID HE DO WITH MY ICE CREAM MAKER?  He probably threw it away! I’ll bet he tossed it in the trash the last time he purged the garage!  Uggghhhh!”

You can probably guess where this is going.

I spent 15 minutes angrily tossing the steaming hot garage, and found the canister exactly where I had left it: on the shelf, in the garage.  I had nested it inside my crockpot to save space, never thinking I would outsmart myself by being so organized.    Oooops.

Making ice cream, sorbet, or gelato is easy and quite a lot of fun when you remember where you keep your equipment.  You just need a bit of forethought, because the canister part has to be frozen really hard for it to work properly.  Today it’s pouring down rain and my girls were looking for a project, so this is what we came up with.  It’s fresh tasting and sweet, and it’s a bargain to make…give it a go!  Enjoy!

Makes 4 cups

3/4 c. sugar
1 T. cornstarch
1 c. whole milk
3/4 c. whipping cream
2 1/4 c. fresh strawberries, stemmed and quartered (on sale this week, 7/21/10 – 7/27/10)
1 T. fresh lemon juice

Stir sugar and cornstarch in a heavy medium saucepan.  Whisk in milk and cream.  Whisk over medium heat until gelato base thickens and begins to bubble, about 5 minutes.  Pour into bowl.  Cool over ice, stirring occasionally.

Pour strawberries into food processor.  Strain strawberries into gelato base (unless the seeds don’t bother you, then skip the straining step).  Mix in lemon juice.  Chill 3 hours.  Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturers instructions (for me this was 20 minutes).  Transfer to container.  Cover; freeze until firm, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | July 26th, 2010