The summer hols are coming to an end, so it’s time to make the most of those final free hours outdoors. What better way than by making super-cool slushies to enjoy in the sun?
This kid-friendly (and kid-approved) recipe is seriously simple, but totally delicious – and there’s even a mini science experiment involved, too.
Pssst…Hey mum, these funky beverages are also healthy; so no sugar-highs or crazy colourants!
All you’ll need is frozen salt water and fruit juice, and then let chemistry do the rest…
- First make ice cubes by adding 1/2 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of salt to a zip-lock bag. Add a little natural food dye to colour the water, then seal the bag well and freeze the water until completely solid, for about 6 hours.
- Choose some of your favourite fruit juices and add about 1 cup of juice to a large cup or jar with a lid (you can also use a big freezer bag).
- Remove your bag of frozen ice water from the freezer and put into the glass with the juice. Carefully seal the top.
- Time to go crazy! Let the kiddos shake up the juice and you’ll see that within a few minutes the juice will freeze up and turn into a slushie. No syrup and no blender required!
- Around 3 minutes of shaking will create a snow cone consistency, still thin enough to suck up through a straw.
- Let your kids enjoy the slushies, but be sure to also explain how it works! The science lesson: salt enables the ice cube to stay frozen long enough to begin to freeze the liquid surrounding it. A regular ice cube would just melt away and dilute the juice before it had a chance to freeze. Awesome, huh?
Recipe and image via babble.com