In the news this morning is yet another food recall, from the makers of Fruiti Pops. Fruiti Pop Inc. of Sante Fe Springs, California is recalling it’s mamey frozen fruit bars because of a possible link to an outbreak of typhoid in the United States. The news comes a bit late for consumers, since the Fruiti Pops juice bars have been distributed in Arizona, California, and Texas since May of 2009. Lovely news, eh?
The revolving door of food recalls is why our family has been growing much of our own organic produce these past several years. And, when it comes to frozen fruit juice bars, we make our own from fruit and berries harvested from the garden. Making your own organic fruit juice bars is easy to do, and doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Best of all, you control the ingredients and the processing to ensure that your family enjoys a healthy frozen fruit juice bar that won’t land them in the hospital with salmonella.
Supplies and instructions needed for making your own, healthy frozen fruit juice bars.
* 9 piece popsicle mold ~ available in groceries and discount stores for around $1.50
* 24 ounces of homemade fruit juice.
1. Sterilize the popsicle mold by running it through the upper rack of the dishwasher before using.
2. Pour 3 ounces of fresh, homemade fruit juice into each individual popsicle compartment.
3. Attach the individual plastic handles to each popsicle.
4. Freeze for several hours.
5. To loose the frozen juice bar from the mold, run warm water over the outside while gently turning the handle. It’s that easy!
Healthy Fruit Juice Bar Suggestions
You can make frozen juice treats using store bought organic juices such as grape, limeade, or lemonade. Healthier (and safer!) yet is making juice pops using your own blends of wild or domestic fruits. Check out these easy instructions for making and straining homegrown fruit juice.
On our urban farm, I do a fair amount of experimenting to come up with fruit juice flavors than my family enjoys. Your family might like these juice blends as well:
* Wild Berry Blast which uses equal portions of blackberry, raspberry, and sweet plum juice.
* Strawberry puree mixed up with whole blueberries
* Homemade lemonade with whole blueberries or raspberries
* Mixed Grape
* Cherry and Blackberry juice combination in a 4:1 ratio.
* Peach puree