<a href="http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-gelatoreca-20100923,0,726656.story" target="_blank"><span style="color:#2262CC">Strawberry gelato (water-based)</span></a>

  (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)


Strawberry gelato (water-based)

Total time: 20 minutes plus about 1½ hours freezing time

Servings: 8 (Makes about 1 quart gelato)

1 pound cleaned strawberries (fresh or frozen)

1 cup sugar

1 1/4 cups water

1 1/2 pounds ice

1 pound rock salt

1. In a blender, combine the strawberries, sugar and water. Blend the ingredients until smooth.

2. Place the strawberry mixture in a small metal bowl over a larger bowl containing the ice and salt and whip with a hand whisk for about 10 minutes to lighten the texture, or to desired consistency.

3. Freeze the gelato base for about 11/2 hours before serving.

Each serving: 116 calories; 0 protein; 30 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 0 fat; 0 cholesterol; 28 grams sugar; 1 mg. sodium.