Fruit Share has been busy cooking up a storm with lots of local community groups this summer! This past week has been really fun with a few ice cream making workshops – it’s been a real treat given the hot summer weather we’ve been having. Participants got to churn, kick, shake, and throw around ingredients into ice cream and sorbet. We used a hand-crank ice cream maker and an ice cream ball to turn cream, strawberries, sugar, and orange juice into sweet frozen treats. See below for a delicious, easy recipe to make “Strawberry Dream” ice cream.

Fruit Share worked with WayFinders, North End Women’s Centre, Spence Neighbourhood Association, and the Boys and Girls Club to give workshops to 23 participants in the past week. If you are a part of a community group and you’d like to host a fun and educational workshop involving fruit, please send an email to me, Camille (Fruit Share’s workshop coordinator), at pegcityjam(at)gmail(dot)com. We would love to help your neighbourhood foster creative fruit-using skills!

homemade ice cream
Making ice cream!

Strawberry Dream Quick ice cream


  • 2 pints (900ml) very ripe fresh strawberries, stemmed or 900gr frozen unsweetened strawberries, partially thawed
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 cups half-and-half (18%)
  • 1 tbsp frozen orange juice from concentrate

Yield: 1 litre

strawberry ice cream


  1. Working in batches if needed, puree the berries with half the sugar in a food processor or blender until smooth.

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the strawberry puree, half-and-half, orange juice concentrate, and remaining sugar. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours to allow the flavours to develop.

  2. Whisk the strawberry base to blend. Pour into the canister of an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions (stir, kick, shake, etc). Transfer the ice cream to a covered container and freeze until it is firm enough to scoop, at least 4 hours or overnight.

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