Your mouth is watering looking at this strawberry sorbet, isn’t it? I know mine is! I love strawberries and so when the Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa (I would love to go to this spa) shared this recipe from Chef Anthony Stewart I knew I had to share it with you too.
Today is National Strawberry Day (February 27) so this sorbet made with strawberries is a perfect way to celebrate. Not only is it delicious, but it is also healthy! Notice there is no added sugar or cream in the recipe.
The recipe does call for fresh ginger juice. Most all grocery stores carry fresh ginger now and it is really inexpensive. It looks pretty odd (see pic above) but it packs such a great punch of flavor in so many things. First you need to peel the ginger. You can do this with a small paring knife or you can use the side of a regular spoon to scrape it off. Now use a grater and grate the peeled ginger. With the peeled ginger you want to squeeze it to get the juice out. Put it in a piece of cheesecloth (or even a heavy duty paper towel) first and bundle it up and squeeze over a bowl – really hard – and the juice will come out. If you have ever drained cooked frozen spinach or shredded potatoes, it’s the same thing. I promise you this step only takes a couple of minutes and the flavor impact of the ginger will make a huge difference in the sorbet.
Getting the lemon zest is even easier. Use a microplane grader if you have it. If not, you can use a citrus peeler or even a vegetable peeler as a last resort. What you want to make sure of is that you only get the yellow outer part of the lemon, not the white part underneath which is bitter. If you use a citrus peeler or vegetable peeler you are going to get slices, just mince them up with a knife before adding to the recipe. Again, this lemon zest will add a huge flavor difference in the strawberry sorbet.
As you can see, the microplane aka zester is really handy. I love OXO brand kitchen tools, this is the one that I have and it’s like $10 at most stores (Target carries many of OXO’s products). It’s perfect for grating garlic, onions, and so much more. Well worth the investment for your kitchen tools.
Will you try making this strawberry sorbet to celebrate National Strawberry Day, or any other day? Do you already own, or will you be buying, a microplane for your kitchen?