What in Europe are sorbets, in many parts of the world it is known as scrapes or ‘scrapes’ and the variants are many and never the same to make fruit slushy.
This dessert is consumed worldwide in various ways, whether accompanied by a wafer or a tablespoon of condensed milk. This dessert is consumed worldwide in various ways, whether accompanied by a wafer or a tablespoon of milk condensed.
On my first trip to South America, the street sale of the ‘scrapes’ caught my attention. Many carts, very simple, accumulate rows that people make to buy and drink, while still on their way, a refresher prepared with ice and fruits. It does not matter the condition of the buyers and they are seen from an executive suit to the overalls of a mechanical workshop. Slushies are very popular and, of course, very cheap.
Shaved ice is a large family of desserts based on the ice itself made of fine chips and sweet or syrup seasonings. Typically, syrup is added after the ice has frozen and shaved normally at the point of sale itself. It can also be added before freezing water already converted to ice. The dessert that is consumed worldwide in various forms and ways, could have its origin in sorbets but they are not exactly the same.
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But, what is a slushy?
According to the Gastronomic Larousse, the slushy is an “ice cream dessert” that distinguishes itself from the ice cream itself by not incorporating fat or egg yolk, so it is less firm and with more grain than this. The basic ingredient of a sorbet is a fruit juice or puree, a wine (champagne), a brandy (vodka) or a liquor and sometimes an infusion (tea, mint). Syrup is added to which glucose or invert sugar is sometimes incorporated.
During freezing, the mixture should be beaten. And it is interesting to review the ‘New art of cooking’, by Juan Altamiras of the 17th century, in which we see recipes such as “ice milk” or “Aurora water”. The latter’s recipe says: “For twelve glasses of this water, you will pour a pound of sugar and for this it is necessary that the six glasses be of almond milk and the other six of cinnamon water; you will mix them, and the sugar you will put in the garage all scrambled, and the snow, like the other waters. “
By the way, the garapiñera is a vessel that serves to freeze liquids by ordinarily putting it in a bucket of cork, taller and wider than it, and surrounding it with snow and ice, with salt.
Some comment that the first shaved ice is documented in the year 27 BC. Apparently, the Roman emperor Nero sent his slaves to collect the snow from the nearby mountains, which was later spiced with a mixture of fruits and honey.
According to the same sources, in imperial Japan, things were happening in a similar way. The rich lived in warm areas that were near the snow-capped mountains. These rich would send the poor to recover the snow, which would later turn it into rich flavours. When the Japanese emigrated to Hawaii, they took this tradition with them, accompanied by condensed milk, beans or tropical fruits.
Strawberry and Ginger Slushy
The refreshing combination of naturally sweet strawberries and ginger with its sharp taste will be a delight for your family and friends. Ideal as a dessert or snack. You only need 3 ingredients to prepare this strawberry and ginger snow. Try it!
Strawberries, which are available year-round in California, have many good things for you. They are a good source of fibre, folic acid, antioxidants and other nutrients. I love using them in different dishes to make sure I eat the 8 strawberries a day.
Strawberry and ginger snow with fresh strawberries above
This strawberry and ginger snow, – we call it slushy when it is made with water, but for you it may be strawberry and ginger ice cream, or strawberry and ginger sorbet, – it is my favourite. It is fresh, light and also nutritious, can you believe it? We have not added sugar thanks to the natural sweetness of strawberries and apple juice. Just make sure you buy 100% juice.
The other ingredient is ginger. We like to add it to our meals because it gives them a refreshing itch and we think this time it complements the fragrance and flavour of strawberries very well. If you don’t know the ginger root (ginger in English) here we show it to you. You can remove the peel with a potato peeler.
Strawberry and Ginger Slushy (4 cups)
- 1 pound fresh strawberries (approx 1/2 kg)
- 1 3/4 cups of 100% pure apple juice
- 3/4 inch natural ginger, peeled
- Fresh mint to dorn
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- Metal Baking Bread Mould
- Crystal bowls
- Strawberries, apple juice and fresh ginger
Wash, remove the seed and remove the strawberries leg. Chop them in quarters and place them in a baking pan for metallic bread. Empty the apple juice. Grate the ginger on strawberries and apple juice. Mix well.
Split strawberries, apple juice and ginger
Cover the mould with plastic and freeze until it solidifies, or overnight. Remove the mould about 30-40 minutes before serving. Break the block into pieces.
Frozen strawberries with apple juice
Place the pieces in a food processor and mix until the consistency of snow is achieved.
Serve immediately with fresh mint, if desired. Or, return the mould, garnish with strawberries, cover with plastic and put it in the freezer. Just remember to take it out about 10 or 15 minutes before serving to soften it a bit.
Remember that if you need a slushy machine to prepare one of these smoothies properly, here at Snow Flow you will find slushy machines that you can rent for your special event or party.