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Perfect for summer! Watermelon Lime Mint Sorbet from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Before seedless watermelons were as popular as they are now, kids used to stand in the backyard behind an imaginary line spitting watermelon seeds as far as they could. I was never a seed-spitting contest winner, but I enjoyed the summer ritual nonetheless. Sometimes I wonder if kids still have these little competitions, or if it will forever be just a fond memory.

Perfect for summer! Watermelon Lime Mint Sorbet from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Watermelon has always been a summer fruit that carries feelings of nostalgia. There’s always a wedge of bright red watermelon in the smiling face of a child during the humid months of late summer, and there’s always leftovers being bundled in plastic wrap and shoved in the fridge next to leftover potato salad from the last picnic.

Perfect for summer! Watermelon Lime Mint Sorbet from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

But what about us? What about the adults? Sure, we all love a juicy watermelon wedge from time to time, but many of us would rather enjoy the ripe summer fruit in a way that didn’t stain our favorite tank tops with pink drippings.

Perfect for summer! Watermelon Lime Mint Sorbet from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I love making watermelon sorbet because it celebrates seasonal ingredients in an unexpected way. Most people have tried berry or mango versions, so using watermelon gives sorbet an updated twist. It’s perfect for an afternoon snack, a cool after-lunch treat or a refreshing after-dinner dessert for a party.

Perfect for summer! Watermelon Lime Mint Sorbet from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

In the recipe below, we added mint and lime to the watermelon to give it a vibrant and refreshing punch. We also tried substituting other herbs (like rosemary, thyme and basil) and other citrus juices (like lemon and orange) to create interesting layers of flavor. Everyone had a different favorite, but the rosemary-mint-lemon combination was very popular.

Perfect for summer! Watermelon Lime Mint Sorbet from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Watermelon Lime Mint Sorbet
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
6 mint leaves
4 cups seedless watermelon, cut in chunks
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
Instructions
Bring water, sugar and mint leaves to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan to make a simple syrup. Stir until sugar dissolves.
Remove mint leaves and discard. Refrigerate until cold.
Place simple syrup, watermelon pieces and lime juice in blender jar.
Blend until smooth.
Pour mixture into ice cream maker and churn until frozen. For a firmer sorbet, spoon into a container and place in freezer until firm.
Notes
You can vary the fresh herbs used with the watermelon. Our testers loved a combination of mint and rosemary.
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Food Focus: Strawberries

Strawberries are in season from June through August in most regions. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, we’ve been seeing them in farmers markets for about a month now. If you live in a climate like Southern California’s, you may see them much more often.

To select the best berries, look for bright red berries with the green caps still on. Avoid any container with moldy berries as the spores can spread and ruin an entire container, even if the berries aren’t actually physically touching the moldy spots. Use your strawberries as soon as possible, or store them in the refrigerator covered loosely with plastic wrap, as warm temperatures can change the color of fresh strawberries. You can store them for up to three days. Wash your strawberries only when you are ready to use them. To wash, rinse the berries in a colander under cold running water. Remove the green stem and caps with a paring knife before chopping, slicing or processing.

Strawberries are sweet and delicious, but they are also good for you! They have more vitamin C per ounce than citrus fruits, and a cup of strawberries is only 55 calories*. Kids and adults love the fruit; 94% of households in the United States consume strawberries*. Here are some of our favorite ways to use strawberries this summer. Enjoy!

*Source: University of Illinois Extension: Strawberries & More

 


Strawberry Mint Iced Tea
YIELDS: 1 serving

This recipe was designed to be used with the Hamilton Beach Personal Iced Tea Brewer. It can be adapted easily by steeping tea according to package instructions and pouring over ice. Add additional ingredients, stir, and enjoy!
Ingredients
2 tea bags
2 large strawberries, sliced
5 to 6 mint leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
Instructions
​Place tea bags flat in filter basket.
Fill water reservoir with 1 cup water.
Fill a 16-ounce container 3/4 full with ice.
Add strawberries, mint, and sugar to container.
Brew tea into ice-filled container. Stir well.
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Strawberry Parfaits
YIELDS: 4 servings

Ingredients
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (16 ounce) package strawberries, ​hulled and sliced
30 vanilla wafers, broken into small pieces
2 whole strawberries, halved
Instructions
In a large mixing bowl, add heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.
Layer half of the whipped cream, strawberries and cookie pieces between 4 parfait glasses. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Top each with a strawberry half before serving.
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And more from the Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen…

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette
Strawberry Smoothie
Strawberry Sorbet