Are you ready to make paletas?
I hear you ask, what are paletas?
Grab your horses.
Paletas are Mexican ice pops, usually made from fresh fruit. Popular street food is also sold in restaurants, some with poppies, but others with less heat and chiles. If you like an ice pop, you can love pallets too!
I try not to include recipes here that require special equipment. However, I am very happy to be making my ice pops this summer that I was supposed to share. I have also added other ways to extract the juices and worms from ice pops.
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup full of fresh mint leaves
3 cups peeled watermelon and seeded cues
1/2 peeled cucumber
1 peeled lime
A little bit of kosher salt
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes.
Food price: 10 pops
In a small saucepan, heat the water and sugar over medium heat while stirring to dissolve the sugar.
When the mixture boils, remove it from the heat.
• Rub mint leaves between your hands to release the taste, then toss them in a pan, cover and allow to rise for 15 minutes.
• Remove using a standard filter and refrigerate until cool.
If you are going to use wooden sticks, now is a good time to put them in warm water. This helps keep them in place when they appear.
Meanwhile, add cubes of watermelon, cucumber, and lime to the juice mixture. You will have 2 to 2-12 cups of fresh juice.
Put the juice in a bowl. Add the cold mint syrup and stir the mixture.
•Add a pinch of salt and stir again. I like to use a measuring cup with a spout like this to make filling the mold easier. I used a standard 2.5 oz. pop mold. I like the shape of the old ice cream bar, and the feed size is right, too.
• Fill the pop mold and make sure you leave a small room to expand the top.
• Remove the sticks from the warm water and place them on top, about 2/3 of the skin.
• Set pops in the cool part of your refrigerator (for me, this is the top cabinet of my refrigerator model below. If you have a turbo blast feature, now is the best time to use it. It will take about 4 hours to complete. freeze. I like to do it all night, so I’m not sure how long it takes.
To open the pops, place the mold under warm water for a few seconds. They should slip without mold.
Store pops in refrigerator bags or a secure cupboard in the refrigerator. They should stay in the refrigerator for a week before starting to form ice crystals.
I’ll bet you dollars on donations that won’t last a week (if your kids or friends are like ours). Enjoy!
Use a blender if you do not have an extractor. You will need to cut the cucumber into pieces first. Instead of using peeled lime, add one lime juice. Once you have cleaned the watermelon, cucumber, and lime juice, add the cool syrup and whisk again. This mixture will be slightly chunkier than the juice extractor variety. You will continue to fill the mold from here.
No mold? Don’t worry. You can use small cups or cans of muffins instead. To make the sticks stand upright, let the pops slushy in the fridge first, then use a piece of foil attached to the top to hold them in place. The sticks will come out of the foil.
If you want another breakfast, I recommend repeating melon, cucumber, and lime twice. Keep about 2-1/3 cups of your pop, then cool some to drink whenever you like! I just got a glass of this juice after exercising, which was a great way to start the day.
Therefore, With fresh fruit as an active ingredient, this recipe is healthy food for everyone.
For more great recipes from Alicia, follow her Weekly Greens blog, or follow her on Instagram at @aliciasokol
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