How to Make a Strawberry Milkshake

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Start to finish: 20 minutes Servings: 4 Difficulty Level: Beginner

The rule that fresh is best when it comes to fruits and vegetables applies to making strawberry shakes for dessert. Fast-food restaurants typically derive strawberry flavor in shakes from artificial flavoring and added sugar, but when you make a shake at home, you know exactly what goes in it. For best quality, use fresh or frozen strawberries and ice cream made with basic ingredients -- just milk, cream and sugar -- although any ice cream will work.

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How to Make a Strawberry Milkshake
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  • 2 cups hulled, sliced strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 quart all-natural vanilla ice cream
  • 1 teaspoon natural strawberry extract
  • 1/2 to 1 cup milk
  • 4 whole strawberries
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Place the sliced strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle the sugar to macerate them for about 10 minutes. This process draws out the moisture and softens the strawberries, creating a syrup with the sugar.

Pulse the sliced strawberries and syrup in a blender for approximately 10 seconds or until finely chopped but not pureed.

Scoop ice cream equivalent to 2 pints on top of the strawberries. If you do not have a high-power blender, it helps to roughly chop or smash the ice cream a bit before adding it to the blender.

Add up to 1 teaspoon of natural strawberry extract for added flavor, if desired.

Pour 1/2 cup of milk into the blender. Use up to 1 cup of milk to make thinner milkshakes.

Blend the ingredients for about two minutes or until they are thoroughly combined. Add milk a little at a time to achieve the desired consistency, whether you prefer thick or thin milkshakes.

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Divide the milkshakes evenly among four 12-ounce glasses. Garnish with a whole strawberry on top.

If the ingredients don't blend well, try adding a bit more milk to help thin out the mixture. If that doesn't work, shut off the blender and stir with a wooden spoon to help distribute the ingredients.

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Always wash strawberries in a colander immediately before slicing. Remove any bruised, moldy or otherwise damaged strawberries.

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