This post is sponsored by OXO. All opinions are 100% mine.
Strawberry Season. Two words that make me very, very happy. I look forward to strawberry season every year for many reasons. First, it means winter is over! And after the winter we just had, I’ve looked forward to this strawberry season more than most. Strawberries are one of the first fruits to ripen in the spring and seeing those little This Way to the Strawberry Patch signs start popping up along the roads just makes me smile.
Strawberries are so versatile. I enjoy them in salads or just sliced with a little cream drizzled over. They’re also fantastic in cakes and pies, scones and muffins, and even in sauces and cocktails. The only difficulty is hulling all those gorgeous berries.
One of the first things I learned to can years ago was strawberry preserves. It’s an easy process and very encouraging to a beginning canner. Again, the only problem is hulling all those bright, beautiful berries.
Are you seeing a pattern? Maybe I dislike the hulling part of strawberry prep, huh? Yep. That’s why I was really pleased when the folks at OXO offered me an opportunity to try the new OXO Strawberry Huller along with their 3 Piece Berry Bowl and Colander Set.
I don’t often sing the praises of single-purpose kitchen tools, but let me tell you this one is different! This little beauty more than earns its space in the gadget drawer.
The OXO strawberry huller makes really quick work of removing those little green tops. You just push the blades of the huller into the top of the strawberry, twist, and pull. Out comes the hull in one piece leaving a perfectly prepared strawberry. Quick and easy! I was especially happy to have this lovely little gadget because guess what…OXO sent me an entire flat of Driscoll’s strawberries to use any way I wanted! Check the details at the end of the post to see what OXO is giving away to one lucky blog reader! Follow the instructions in the PromoSimple widget to enter for your chance to win.
Let me tell y’all something. A flat of strawberries is a lot of strawberries. I used my OXO strawberry huller to fly through prepping those berries and I was on to making ice cream in no time flat. Strawberry S’mores Ice Cream to be exact. Creamy ice cream with fresh strawberries, chunks of chocolate, bits of graham crackers, and mini marshmallows. Yum.
I really hope you enjoy this recipe. BeeBop and I are crazy about it!
In a small bowl, combine the sliced strawberries with the lemon juice and 1/3 cup of the sugar. Stir gently to distribute the sugar. Allow the strawberries to stand at room temperature for 2 hours.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk and remaining sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved – about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.
Fill the ice cream machine with the milk and cream mixture. Turn on the machine and freeze until thickened, about 25-30 minutes.
Add the strawberries and any accumulated juices during the last 5 minutes of freezing time. The ice cream will be soft set.
Scrape the ice cream into a large bowl. Stir in the broken chocolate bars, graham crackers, and mini marshmallows.
Place the mixture in a shallow pan or dish. Cover and place in freezer for 2 hours or until firm.
- 2 cups fresh, ripe strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 3 tblsp. lemon juice
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 1.55 oz. milk chocolate bars, broken into bite-sized pieces
- 3 whole graham crackers, broken into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cups mini marshmallows
- Equipment needed: 1 1/2 quart electric ice cream maker
- In a small bowl, combine the sliced strawberries with the lemon juice and 1/3 cup of the sugar. Stir gently to distribute the sugar. Allow the strawberries to stand at room temperature for 2 hours.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk and remaining sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved - about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.
- Fill the ice cream machine with the milk and cream mixture. Turn on the machine and freeze until thickened, about 25-30 minutes. Add the strawberries and any accumulated juices during the last 5 minutes of freezing time. The ice cream will be soft set.
- Scrape the ice cream into a large bowl. Stir in the broken chocolate bars, graham crackers, and mini marshmallows. Place the mixture in a shallow pan or dish. Cover and place in freezer for 2 hours or until firm.
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Now I know you’re wondering about the giveaway I mentioned earlier, right? Well, OXO is offering a prize package to one blog reader that includes:
An OXO Strawberry Huller
An OXO 3 Piece Berry Bowl & Colander Set
A $70 Gift Card to OXO.com
Driscoll’s Berries for a Year (coupons valued at $260)
One winner will be chosen from all entries on participating blogs. The giveaway closes at 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 30. Other bloggers who are participating in the giveaway are listed below. They’d love for you to visit their blogs to see the delicious recipes they came up with using their OXO Strawberry Huller, Berry Bowl and Colander Set, and Driscoll’s strawberries.
a farmgirl’s dabbles
Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker
Crepes of Wrath
Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Eat Your Heart Out
Eats Well With Others
Food in Jars
Food n’ Focus
Other strawberry recipes you might enjoy from around the internet:
- Strawberry White Chocolate Scones from Budget Bytes
- Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce from Closet Cooking
- Strawberry Custard Tarts from Delicious Everyday
- 2-Ingredient Strawberry Fudge from Cookies and Cups
- Strawberry Vodka from David Levovitz
What I was up to…