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Keepin' it Cool with
By Debbie Mansheim -
Summer is here and I am here to give you some great ideas on how to use Medjool Dates to cool you down.
One way of course is the date shake.
There are many ways that you can make a date shake. One of the easiest ways is to just use date butter and ice cream. If you want more of an authentic taste, take Medjool Cooking Dates. There is no reason to buy the graded dates if you are going to make date shakes. Go ahead and pit your dates and then soak your dates in water. Once the dates have soften, drain off the excess water and blend in a food processor. Just a little side note from experience, Dates are extremely hard on blenders. Once you have blended this mixture in a food processor, mix a scoop of date mixture with ice cream, a little bit of milk and blend. A great refreshing drink to cool you off during the summer.
Another great cool way of using dates is in a fruit salad.
Add this recipe to any outdoor gathering this summer. Cut two cantaloupes in half & remove the seeds and put the shells to the side. Scoop the cantaloupe out with a melon ball cutter. In a large bowl, combine the following with the cantaloupe, ¾ cup of oranges, 1 sm avocado, ¾ cup Medjool Cooking Dates (Make sure that the oranges & avocado are peeled & remove the seeds & then chopped & pit and chop the Medjool Dates) Add 4 oz. of chopped Jack Cheese to the fruit & chill for an hour. Add 2/3 cup of either orange or lemon yogurt, 3 tsp. lemon juice & 1 tsp of lime juice to the chilled fruit. Scoop the mixture back into the cantaloupe shells and sprinkle the top of the fruit mixture with toasted slivered almonds and then enjoy.
Another quick and easy way to enjoy your Medjools as a summer treat is by eating
a date directly out of the freezer.
Due to the amount of natural sugar, Medjool Dates will not freeze solid. When you eat a Medjool directly out of the freezer it will probably remind you of eating caramel. If you haven’t pitted your dates before freezing, just be aware of the pit inside when eating.
Bard Date Company -