Monday, June 21, 2010

LW - Solstice

Blessings, Darlings!

It's the summer solstice here on Earth's northern hemisphere. Or as my friend Troll summarized it for ritual: Sun High, Earth Hot.

We are in a heat wave here in DC, and my part of town is having a drought, too. We may end up matching the record number of days 90 degrees or over for June.

So let's talk summer treats.

I'm making batches of popcicles with grown-up flavors (and no food coloring). Latte ones have been a huge hit, especially with my son. My husband adores ones made from limeade, even tho' the color can best be described as a 'pale snot green'. I like all of them, but usually choose to have ones made from V-Fusion, since they've no added sugar (just plenty of natural fructose), lovely color, and count as darn near a full serving of produce.

Really, you can use any fruit juice to make them, or make them from pureed fruits.

One problem, of course, is that the molds I make them in are plastic. I could make them in paper cups, but making paper isn't great for the environment and those would be just one use. I'm working on finding a way out of this problem - I will search for stainless steel molds, I suppose.

Frondly, Fern - trying to stay cool.


  1. Bah. Stainless steel molds, which make 6 popcicles at a time (my plastics ones make 8 each) start at $35, plus shipping. And are back-ordered.

  2. I like your ideas of using V-8 Fusions and latte. You actually inspired me to make popsicles, just as soon as I get a free minute :)

  3. If you can find them cheap and get them fully cleaned, might metal candle molds work? Just a thought . . .

  4. Hi Cobalt,

    I don't think I'd be comfortable using candle molds. They haven't been at all rated for foods, they might be high in lead or such. Not a problem for candles (so often burned in pewter candleholders!), but not so good for dessert.

  5. True -- and something I hadn't thought of. Pfui! Oh, well . . .