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I am a big believer in grocery shopping from a list. I am a planner by nature, and I like having my menus planned out for the week. However, there are times when an impulse buy just happens, and it happened this week.
Green grapes were on sale. They looked beautiful, and they’re healthy (packed with potassium and fiber)! They weren’t on my list, too bad – they went in my cart. Then they went home and went in the fridge. There they sat. I picked at them — eating a couple here and there, but there was no way I could eat 1½ pounds of grapes before they went bad. Oh-oh. Time to get creative. Hello, Green Grape Sorbet!
Sorbet is one of the few French words that I can pronounce (the “t” is silent). It is a lot like ice cream, but without the cream. Seriously, sorbet is a frozen dairy-free dessert that is made with sweetened fruit juice or puree. In this case, it’s made with frozen grapes. There is no need for an ice cream maker or a churn – which is a good thing since I don’t own one.
Clean and de-stemmed (I hope that’s a word) grapes go in the freezer for at least 4 hours — I froze mine overnight. When I got home after a long day, I took them out of the freezer and pulverized them in a food processor, along with a bit of lemon juice and zest, honey or sugar, and if you have some, fresh mint. That’s it, in less than 10 minutes, I was enjoying a bowl of total frozen bliss. Talk about minimal effort, maximum deliciousness. The leftover sorbet can be stored in the freezer for a month or two. However, there’s no way this sorbet is going to last more than a day or two.
What a fabulous way to use green grapes! It was 82° in Tampa today. I can’t even begin to describe how freaking refreshing and delicious a bowl of fresh fruit sorbet tasted! Ahhhh, bliss!
Easy Green Grape SorbetCourse: Dessert, SnacksDifficulty: Easy
Refreshing and delicious! Green grape Sorbet is frozen bliss. So simple to make, it takes less than 10 minutes using frozen grapes and a food processor.
1 -1½ lbs (3 cups) green grapes
3 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 teaspoon lemon zest finely grated
2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh mint (optional)- finely chopped
Pinch of salt
- Remove grapes from the stem, tossing any brown or bruised grapes. Rinse well, blot off excess water with a paper towel, and place in a plastic bag. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.
- Place grapes in a food processor with mint, honey or sugar, lemon juice, and salt, puree until smooth. Scrape the sides as needed. Serve immediately or store in a freezer-safe container. If desired, garnish with fresh mint and lemon peel.
- Use seedless grapes!
- Any frozen fruit will work, including strawberries, blueberries, or pineapple
- Store sorbet in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months