Not only is it the first week of summer, it's also popsicle week! Billy over at the sweet ass blog Wit and Vinegar hosts a little (actually quite large) bloggers party that share all sorts of fun and fantastic popsicle recipes and presents that list to the world. There are popsicle flavors up the wazoo...Pretty stinkin cool right.
So my contribution to the world of popsicle eaters is one of my all time favorites (maybe the absolute best one yet).. Carrot Ginger Orange.
For those who know me, this flavor combination should come as no surprise. Carrots are my thing. I eat them all day, every day. Sure I eat a shit ton of other stuff, but always carrots. Carrots are in my breakfast,lunch, and dinner. If I need a snack, I grab a carrot. There is just something so satisfying not to mention so easy about carrots. Eaten alone, with mustard or hummus, or dipped in peanut butter of cinnamon..Carrots can do just about anything. I mean I eat so many carrots that no shit, my skin is a slight tint of orange (seriously for reals. Something about an abundance of carotene) Crazy I know, but what can I say. I really like carrots. (that's what I say when people ask me why I am glowing orange)
So naturally the carrot made it's way into my popscile mold. And now it's for real. Carrots really can do anything.
Another win for carrots everywhere.
And popsicles.. Just in time for that hot as shit weekend we are about to have.
GO POPSICLES CO!
The stuff. Carrots, an orange, some fresh ginger, and some water. Simple simple and no, I didn't forget the sweetener... these pops have no need (although if you want, go ahead and add a smidge or splash of something sweet)
Start by chopping up the carrots and sticking them into a pot with some water. Not a lot, just enough that it almost cover the carrots, and stick that pot onto the stove, cover and cook on medium heat until tender. Make sure to check that the water doesn't completely evaporate or you will have burnt carrots which taste just fine, but not as a sweet popsicle
While the carrots are tenderizing, zest the orange then juice it and grate up some fresh ginger.
Once the carrots are fork tender, dump in the juice, the zest, and the ginger. Stick pot back on heat for just a few more minutes to meld the flavor together.
Dump the contents of the pot into the blender and blend blend blend until smooth.
Grab your mold and pour blended mixture into it.. Because the mixture is thick, you don't have to wait to stick the sticks in so go ahead and do that now.
And into the freezer they go!
Frozen and ready to go.
Serious popsicle goodness right there.
Happy Popsicle Week. Go ahead and make them all!
Carrot Ginger Orange Popsicles
Makes about four or five 3.5 oz popsicles
- 3 medium sized carrots
- 1 orange (zest and juice)
- 1-2 teaspoons fresh ginger
Note. I did not use and sweetener and did not miss it but if you really think you need it, add a little bit of honey or sugar. But really, they are sweet enough so maybe give them a chance without it.
Start by chopping the carrots up into coins and stick them into a pot with enough water to just about cover the carrots. Stick on stove on medium heat and place a lid on the pot. Cook carrots until tender.
While that's happening, zest and juice orange and grate up the fresh ginger. (I used 1 teaspoon of ginger at first, but after I blended it, I decided that I wanted a little more so I added another teaspoon) Once the carrots are soft, dump in all the juice, zest and ginger. keep on heat for a few more minutes to let the flavors all meld together.
And now dump the pot of carrot goods into the blender and blend the crap out of it until smooth. (add in a splash or two of water if needed. Taste your puree and if you want more ginger, add it it.( can also decide now if you want any sweetener..
Now pour the mixture into you popsicle molds and follow the mold directions on how to use it (add popsicle sticks and stick it in the freezer)
Freeze until frozen.
Remove from freezer and let sit until pops slip from mold.
Eat until gone.
Make more popsicle.