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1 what an easy snack! these watermelon pops are fun to make and eat!

Watermelon Pops

Need the perfect snack for a hot summer day? Try Watermelon Pops!what an easy snack! these watermelon pops are fun to make and eat!

There is just something about food on a stick that makes it more fun. My daughter loves food on a stick, like these Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs, or these Snickers Sushi. So why not watermelon? Nothing says summer more than a slice of watermelon. We can go through a watermelon a day sometimes! Since watermelon has a high water content, it’s a perfect snack for a hot summer day.

To make these Watermelon Pops, all you need is watermelon and popsicle sticks.

First you will need to wash your watermelon. You never know where your melon has been or who has touched it, so it is always important to wash it before you cut into it. A little dish soap is all you need. (This is something I never realized until Chief Mom Laura mentioned it! I will always wash my melons before eating now!)

Next, you slice your watermelon into triangular pieces. With a knife, make a slit in the rind in order to put in the popsicle stick.

Put in the popsicle stick, and there you have it! Watermelon on a stick—Watermelon Pops!

These are so simple to make and are a fun way to present a refreshing snack for the kids.

You can refrigerate or freeze your watermelon pops to keep them cool, which make them an even more refreshing snack on those hot days. These have become a favorite in our family, and we especially love our watermelon pops on days that we spend in the pool. With school out and the summer just beginning, I’m sure these will become a favorite for you, too!

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The Trick To Making Fresh Berries LAST! {video}

Want to know the secret to making your berries last longer?

How to keep berries fresh in the refrigerator so they last longer MOMables.com

This is exactly how the Chief MOM of MOMables manages to pack 3-4 days of school lunches without her berries spoiling!

Berry season is upon most of us these days, and all of those vibrant, sweet fruits are calling to us from road-side stands, farmer’s markets, and grocery stores.

While my children may attempt to devour the berries as soon as they are purchased, I try to hold a few back to use in our fresh school lunches and in easy summer desserts.

In the past, my refrigerator shelf life for berries was pretty short, especially if I was dealing with strawberries or raspberries.  It seemed I would bring them home from the store and find them spoiling within a few short hours.

Now, thanks to a quick kitchen trick, I know how to keep berries fresh, giving me more time to use them as needed. 

The secret to extending the life of fresh berries?  White Vinegar. Check out this short video that shows you how to wash your berries or read step by step directions below. 
Wasn’t that so easy? Wash strawberries, blueberries, and even blackberries! Note: I don’t recommend washing raspberries, washing them will actually cut their lifespan. With raspberries, refrigeration is key. 

how to keep berries fresh so they last longer in the refrigerator MOMables.com

How To Keep Berries Fresh

  • Once you bring your fresh berries home, the key to keeping it fresh is to kill any spores on the fruit.  The pH of vinegar does that job.
  • Place the berries in a large bowl and wash them in a vinegar-water bath:  1 cup of white vinegar and 8 cups of water.
  • Let the berries sit in the vinegar-water bath, gently moving them to help dislodge any dirt, grime and letting the vinegar kill spores and bacteria.
  • Drain the berries in a colander and then thoroughly rinse the fruit (to remove any vinegar flavor).
  • Thicker skinned fruit (like strawberries or blueberries) can be dried in a salad spinner but delicate berries such as raspberries and blackberries should be dried on a towel, patting them with paper or cloth towels.
  • Store the washed and dried fruit in a sealed container that has been lined with paper towels — if using an air-tight container, leave the lid slightly open to avoid natural moisture build-up.  When I handle fruit I have purchased from my grocery store, I wash the original container and then re-use it, making sure to line it with paper towels.

How-To-Store-Berries-In-The-Fridge so they last longer MOMables.com

Other Options To Keep Berries Fresh

  • A quick hot-water bath (30 seconds in 125 degree water for strawberries, raspberries and blackberries; 30 seconds in 140 degree water for blueberries) has been shown to kill bacteria, resulting fewer berries going bad.
  • Commercial produce cleaner, such as EatCleaner, are another good option for cleaning fresh berries and elongating their life in the refrigerator. This is one of those multi-use products because it also happens to keep your apples from browning.

How to keep berries fresh in the refrigerator so they last longer MOMables.com

 

46 How to Make Fruit Leather – Homemade Fruit Roll-ups

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This time of year tends to lean toward craziness.  With the school year winding down, the calendar is full of activities that have my family on the run most days.  I love all the activity of ball games, practices and school programs, but it does become difficult to keep up with the demands of the family, job and house.  It forces me to be a bit more organized, planning meals and making sure I have snacks on hand to grab as we run out the door.

homemade fruit leather

I love using fresh fruit that is in season to make fruit leather (homemade roll-ups anyone?).  It requires a bit of time, but I assure you it is worth it.  By using strawberries, what is in season right now, gives the leather an extra bit of natural sweetness.  Feel free to substitute with other berries and fruits.

This is an easy snack to have for when you are on the go, or for an extra special lunchbox treat.  Why give your kids fake fruit leather with loads of sugar and artificial colors? Whipping these up takes no time and the oven does the rest. 

homemade fruit leather

My boys love this homemade version of the fake fruit roll-ups.  Don’t have fresh fruit? whip them up with frozen fruit after it has defrosted.  If you don’t want strawberry seeds, pass the pureed berries through a colander first.

homemade fruit leather

How to Make Fruit Leather – homemade fruit roll ups

homemade fruit leather

*makes about a cookie sheet and a half of fruit leather*

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Snacks

Ingredients

  • 5 cups strawberries, hulled and halved (or any other fruit)
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Tips:

  • Don’t pour too thin of a layer or you’ll have fruit crisps instead of fruit leather-pour it too thick and it will take longer to leather.
  • Start checking it after 4 hours. If you leave it in too long again…fruit crisps.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 150 – 200 degrees -depends how low your oven can go.
  2. In a medium saucepan, on low heat, cook the strawberries until they are soft and juices are released. Add honey and stir until combined.
  3. Pour berries into food processor and puree. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Pour berry mixture onto parchment lined pan.
  5. Put in oven and bake for 4-6 hours, until leather peels away easily from the parchment. Using scissors cut into rectangles and roll them up, parchment and all.

Note: oven temperatures and baking time will vary. this is a slow process but well worth it!

 

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How to Make Fresh Fruit Yogurt

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Plain yogurt will never be the same.

I will admit, we were a bit late jumping on the greek yogurt wagon.  I’ve never been a big fan of yogurt, especially those filled with sugar and artificial colorings.

Recently though, I needed to buy a container of greek yogurt for some baking.  With a little left over I decided to add some fresh fruit and have it for an afternoon snack with my boys.

We were immediately sold.  I now have a container in my fridge at all times.  Sweet or savory, the possibilities are endless!

So far, our favorite way to enjoy it has been by adding in fresh fruit.  With spring upon us strawberries and blueberries have been making a frequent appearance in the produce aisle and in our fridge.

 

 

How to Make Fresh Fruit Yogurt

makes a 1 cup serving

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Snacks

Ingredients

  • 5-6 strawberries mashed
  • 3/4 – 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Drizzle of honey or maple syrup (optional)

Additional toppings for added taste and crunch…

  • toasted almonds or pecans
  • granola

Instructions

  1. In a bowl mash berries with a fork to release their natural juice and sweetness. Add in greek yogurt and stir until combine. Test for sweetness and add in a drizzle of honey or maple syrup to your desired sweetness. Stir.

Add in a drizzle of honey or maple syrup for extra sweetness and you have a wonderful afternoon snack and packed lunch option.

 

Another option for enjoying this yogurt is to put it in a small container and freeze overnight.  Pop it into your packed lunch the next day and it will be cold and thawed by lunch time. We found these molds on Amazon, but any small container does the trick.

fresh fruit yogurt

 

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