Turns out, 54 pounds is a LOT of strawberries. So I've spent most of the day in the kitchen, trying to get them taken care of, because fresh strawberries don't keep well for very long. So I'm pretty beat.
But after we got home from picking, I made a special treat for the kids. All right, it was as much for me as it was for them. Strawberry malts.
Let me tell you, there is nothing like a milkshake made with fresh strawberries. And the richness of the malt brings it to a whole different level. Is it fantastically healthy for you? Probably not, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this drink is a lot better for you than anything you'd treat your kids to off of the ice cream truck. Plus, it's easy and quick.
This makes about 4 drinks.
Chop up a generous cup of strawberries, and toss them with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Let them sit for a while, to draw out some of the juices in the berries.
Get your blender set up. Pour in a cup and a half of milk.
Add the sweetened berries.
Add 2 tablespoons of malted milk powder.
Add 2 cups (or so) of your favorite vanilla ice cream.
Blend and serve. These proportions will make a thin malt, easily drinkable through a straw without having to make a fishy face from suction. If you prefer thicker shakes, reduce the amount of milk and/or up the amount of ice cream until it's where you like it.