This post is sponsored by got milk? in partnership with local California organizations that educate kids about the importance of proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle.
We’re always looking for ways to keep cool during these record heatwaves. That means no ovens (except to bake a batch of macarons when the temptation is too great) or heavy cooking and to eat light and load up on fresh fruits and vegetables. We’ve enjoying the bounties from our tomato and herb garden daily and supplement that with fruits from the market. This time of year, the Asian markets in Orange county sells jackfruit for a ridiculously low price of 99c/lb. However, since its one of the largest tree bound fruits in the world, jackfruits up to 80 lbs have been recorded and 20-30lbs fruits are typical so the final price tag for this tropical delicacy can be expensive. We prefer 15-20lb fruit because it’s easier to handle and there’s plenty to satiate our appetite for several days and have some left over to make one of our favorite summer no cook desserts, xinh tố mít or jackfruit milkshake. Sinh tố are one of our favorite ways to enjoy fresh summer fruit, especially southeast Asian ones that remind us of shakes from Vietnam.
A good milkshake starts with fresh ingredients and of course good milk. Recently we were alerted to California Milk Processor Board’s GOT MILK? campaign to emphasize the quality of real milk as well as raise for THINK Together, with a limited edition milk glasses. Highlighting the simple great taste of real milk versus the many ingredients in imitation milk, 100 percent of the purchase of the glasses go directly to community organizations supporting nutrition education programs in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco/San Jose and Fresno. This limited edition glasses are on sale until August 5, 2012 at www.gotmilk.com/glasses.
Sinh Tố Mít Jackfruit Shake
Yield: 2-3 cups
Total Time: 5 minutes
1 cup fresh jackfruit preferred (may substitute with canned)
1 cup cold milk
3 tbs condensed milk
1 cup ice (add more for thicker shake)
Combine ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and thickened. Add more ice or sweetener to adjust consistency and taste
Sometimes curious strangers at the market ask us how to choose a ripe jackfruit and how to cut them. It’s not as intimidating as you might think. We prepared a short video here. Make sure you have some times on your hands and have good company to help!