Big Hungry Bear {Strawberry Recipe}

I have a confession to make.  I cry easily.  And when one of my amazing readers emailed me photos of her toddler cooking the featured recipe from June’s Kids Cook with Books, I cried. And then I showed my husband, and cried again.  It hit me like a ton of bricks that this mama, a former special education teacher, trusted me and used our book club as her inspiration to spend quality time with her daughter.

This month, our featured book is The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR – and I am certain that you can guess our star ingredient.  It is the sweetest story about a mouse who is very excited for this strawberry to ripen.  But when the narrator tells the mouse that there is a big hungry bear who can smell ripe berries from a mile away, the mouse gets nervous about losing his prize…and some silly antics follow.  This story is wonderful for toddlers and adults alike – and with its message about sharing, is a perfect addition to your repertoire.

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Join the Fun – Here’s How:

  1. Simply complete the form below, saying that you’re joining Kids Cook with Books this month.
  2. Take a peek at the original Kids Cook with Books announcement for tips on participating and suggestions for making it a social event if you’d prefer to read and cook with friends.
  3. Get a copy of The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR from the library, or by using the link here.
  4. Read the book together…
  5. ….then bring the kids into the kitchen and get cooking.
  6. Don’t forget to take photos!
  7. I would LOVE for you to share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag: #KidsCookwithBooks and please tag me too (@whatscookingwithkids).  Or, if you aren’t an Instagram junkie, like I am, then I’d love for you to share them on on our new private Kids Cook with Books Facebook Group.
  8. Tune in early next month for our August installment of Kids Cook with Books and do it again!

Featured Recipe – Don’t Feed the Big Hungry Bear

Strawberry Granita


Strawberry Granita
by Michelle Stern, What’s Cooking with Kids

Granita is like shaved ice, but doesn’t require any fancy equipment.  This procedure can be used with many fruits (or combinations of fruits!).  This recipe is perfect to make with young children because the process takes place in stages, with small bursts of activity over a long period of time – perfect for anyone with a short attention span!  Make a morning or afternoon of it, and do other activities during the down time!

1 pound strawberries (approximately 4 cups)
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup cup water
1 lemon

  1. Wash the strawberries in a colander over the sink.
  2. Hull the berries (pick off the stem). You can use fingers, a knife or a little tool (a huller) that plucks out the stem, along with a little bit of the tougher top of the berry.
  3. Cut the strawberries into slices or little pieces.
  4. Put the berry pieces into a large bowl.
  5. Measure 1/4 cup sugar and pour them over the berries.
  6. Toss the berries and sugar together using a spoon or clean hands.
  7. Let the berries sit for an hour at room temperature to release their juices.
  8. After an hour, pour the berries and their juice into a blender.
  9. Measure 3/4 cup water and add it to the blender.
  10. Cut the lemon in half and juice it over a small bowl.  Remove any stray seeds.
  11. Pour the juice into the blender.
  12. Whir the strawberry mixture in the blender until smooth.
  13. Optional: If you you would like to strain out some of the strawberry seeds, pour the mixture through some cheesecloth or over a very fine mesh sieve. (I was too lazy to do this step.)
  14. Pour the blended strawberries into a shallow glass pan (such as an 8×8 pyrex or a lasagna dish).
  15. Cover with foil.
  16. Put the pan into the freezer and allow it to sit undisturbed for 45 minutes to an hour.
  17. Take the pan out of the freezer and use a fork to scrape the frozen edges into the center of the pan.
  18. Repeat every 45 minutes.
  19. When the mixture begins to harden more thoroughly, you may need to apply more pressure while you scrape the fork along the surface of the berry mixture.
  20. It will take approximately 5 hours for the freezing-scraping procedure to be complete.

This recipe is very forgiving – if you get busy or need to go out for awhile, don’t worry! Just scrape the mixture when you return.  Doing it at regular intervals simply means that it is simple to maneuver the freezing mixture.  Trust me, it’s worth it!

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P.S. If you like the idea of our reading and cooking club for kids, I’d be honored if you’d download this printable flyer about Kids Cook with Books to give to your preschool, daycare center or public library!  I’d be honored if you would help me spread the word!  Are you in a playgroup or a parent’s club? Let them know about Kids Cook with Books!

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13 Responses to Big Hungry Bear {Strawberry Recipe}

  1. Bridget wall says:

    Please add me to July

  2. tracey says:

    I would love to be added!

    • How wonderful! Consider yourself part of the Kids Cook with Books Club!!! Don’t forget to share photos or stories on the Facebook page linked above (it’s private so it’s a safe place for you to share with other like minded peeps!). I hope you love your experience! xo

  3. kim forni says:

    This looks like an amazing book. I’m putting it on the library list, oh wait , I might have it in Amazon prime! Anyway. The recipe looks so good right now, it’s hot n muggy hee in New Hampshire and if I only had berries.. haha.

  4. Mandy says:

    Just ordered the book – looking forward to joining in!

  5. Aimee Budd says:

    We would love to join.

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