Ultimate DIY Strawberry Frozen Yogurt + Yogurt Culture Giveaway

This week it’s been HOT in Philly and that calls for one thing – frozen treats! I was excited when I had the chance to partner with Stonyfield and OXO to share with you a fun recipe today!

I was pretty pumped to be able to try out the Ultimate DIY Strawberry Frozen Yogurt from the Yogurt Culture book by Cheryl Sternman Rule. It features balsamic vinegar and sweet mint which lend subtle notes that heighten the berry essence without overshadowing it. All made in the comfort of my own home -> Talk about YUM!

Ultimate Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Ultimate Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Makes 1 Generous Quart

Yogurt Culture by Cheryl Sternman Rule

What You Need:

  • 1 pound strawberries, preferably organic
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2½ cups plain Stonyfield whole-milk yogurt (not Greek) or 1½ cups plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh rosemary {or sweet mint} , plus (optional) additional minced rosemary for garnish


1. PREP THE BERRIES. In a food processor, pulse the strawberries, sugar, and vinegar in five 1-second bursts. Let stand at room temperature (go ahead and keep it in the food processor), covered, for 1 hour.

2. MEANWHILE, PREP THE YOGURT. If using traditional yogurt, spoon it into a fine-mesh sieve set over a deep bowl. Refrigerate to drain off the whey for 1 hour only. Discard the whey or reserve it for another use. Add the yogurt to the food processor with the strawberries. (If using Greek yogurt, do not strain, but do not add the yogurt to the berries until after they have stood for 1 hour.)

3. PUREE AND CHILL. Add the corn syrup to the yogurt mixture. Process until nearly smooth. Transfer to a covered container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

4. FREEZE. Freeze the mixture in an Ice Cream Maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After 20 minutes, add the rosemary. Continue churning until the mixture has fully thickened and is nearly scoopable. You may eat it now, soft-serve style, but I recommend transferring it to a metal loaf pan to further chill and develop deeper flavor. Press a sheet of parchment directly on the surface of the frozen yogurt, then cover tightly with aluminum foil. Freeze for several hours.

5. SERVE. Let the yogurt stand at room temperature at least 20 minutes before scooping with a hot, dry scoop. Garnish sparingly with rosemary {or sweet mint!}.


The lovely folks at OXO sent along some goodies to make the recipe go along a little smoother – a Solid Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop and a Strawberry Huller which were really awesome to include in the recipe prep and being able to scoop and serve the ice cream.

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The final product turned out really well, I was pretty surprised that I was able to do it! It was simple, the ingredients were minimal and it turned out delicious! I can’t wait to get some fun ice cream pop molds to put them it in next time I make it  for Brooks to enjoy too! I know he’s going to love it!

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I’ve also got a fun giveaway planned for you today too! In Yogurt Culture, award-winning food writer Cheryl Sternman Rule presents 115 flavorful recipes – it features chapters like Flavor, Slurp, Dine, and Lick, she pairs plain yogurt not just with fruit but with meat, not just with sugar but with salt, not just with herbs but with fragrant spices too. It’s really fun to see all that yogurt can do & how creative you can be with it!

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Want to win a copy of the Yogurt Culture book & a oxo prize pack {courtesy of yours truly!}?

Leave a comment letting me know why you want to win and enter the rafflecopter below:

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Giveaway ends Sunday, May 17th / Winner will be notified via email

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  • Reply Nikki May 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I love yogurt!

  • Reply Holly E May 13, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I enjoy yogurt and this book looks great.

  • Reply Patty O May 13, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    You are right – I need to try and make this yogurt treat – it looks delish and you made it look so easy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Erin Ellis May 14, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I want to win because my family and I love yogurt, and I love to find creative ways to add it to our meals. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  • Reply manda May 15, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I love cookbooks.

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