Today’s recipe is a strawberry milkshake! This might not be an ancient, traditional Korean recipe, but in Korea this is how me and my friends always made milkshakes. Only later did I realize that Americans made milkshakes much differently.
The secret to this milkshake is to freeze the strawberries beforehand, so when you blend them with honey and milk, the shake will be icy, smooth, and sweet, like a cross between a milkshake and a slush. You don’t need to use any ice cream, it’ll still be cold, smooth, and creamy this way. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like my strawberry milkshake, especially when made with strawberries that are in season.
When I lived in Korea, I used to go to the wholesale farmers’ market with my friends when strawberries were in season, and we’d buy huge wooden boxes of strawberries. We sometimes would split them amongst ourselves in the parking lot. This way we could get the best quality strawberries of the year, at the cheapest price.
I’d take them home and hull and clean strawberries all afternoon. It was hard work but I was excited because after that day I could make strawberry milkshakes for my family for months and months. I’d also make jam with them, and my own strawberry liquor.
Strawberry season is here again! Go and get some, enjoy this recipe, and freeze some for the future! Let me know how your family love your strawberry milkshake!
- 1 pound of strawberries (1 pkg is usually a little more than 1 pound) hulled and washed
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ¼ cup honey (or sugar)
- 3 cups cold milk
Directions (serves 3-4)
- Cut the strawberries into small pieces and put them in a bowl.
- Add 2 tablespoons sugar and mix well.
- Divide them into 2 and put each portion into a plastic bag. Each bag will be about ½ pound and it will serve 1 or 2 people.
- Freeze the bags until the strawberries get hard like ice cubes.
Now time to make strawberry milkshake!
- Take out 1 bag of frozen strawberry from the freezer. Let it sit on the kitchen table for 1 or 2 minutes, then break up the block of icy strawberries. Split each strawberry chunk by hand in the plastic bag.
- Place the strawberries into a blender. Add 1½ cups of cold milk and 2 tablespoons of honey. Blend it for about 30 seconds, until the strawberries are crushed and well mixed with the milk.
- Pour into a chilled glass and serve right away, while it’s still slushy.