3. Monitor process of strawberries. A fine crop of blossoms may come to nothing if it's too dry, or too hot (ha! not this spring!). This year we had plenty of rain, but it's been quite cool...fortunately we had a brief week of hot weather at just the right time. I was pleasantly surprised to see how early the berries were ripening.
6. Get comfortable, it's going to take a while to hull the berries. Discard any really squishy ones, the birds will enjoy them. Wash thoroughly, as they tend to pick up sand and grit, let them drain well.
7. In a blender or food processor, combine 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tsp good vanilla extract and the juice of half a lemon. Blend it until everything is well combined. Add 2 1/2-3 cups well-drained wild strawberries, and blend again. The mixture turns a wonderful shade of pink (if someone would make glass this color, beadmakers would fight over it!).
8. Let me save you the trouble of making a batch without pureeing the strawberries. Two years ago I thought it might be interesting to leave half of them whole...it wasn't, they turn into rock hard little strawberry bullets. Blended is MUCH better!
9. Pour into your ice-cream maker and freeze as directed. Mine is a Cuisineart. You didn't really think I was going to hand churn this, did you?
10. When it's frozen enough to suit you, pour it into a freeze-able container. Admire it for a few minutes. Isn't it pretty?
Cover it tightly and freeze. Wait until your So comes home to eat it, however, anything left in the freezing bowl is fair game. It's delicious. The tiny berries have a tremendous depth of flavour. I'm fairly sure that even the Queen has never had the pleasure of eating wild strawberry ice cream made with berries she picked herself!
Yield: A bowlful. Probably about 4 cups.
Extra Advice: Wild strawberry patches are not terribly hard to find, but when you pick them please be sure that the location has not been sprayed with chemicals or pesticides. I no longer pick from roadsides for this reason.