Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fruit-infused Water is a Refreshing Treat! (+ a giveaway!)

It's the height of strawberry season here and while I like my strawberries best just-picked off the plant, there's a plethora of ways to enjoy their ruby red juicy goodness. I just for the first time have started enjoying them another way - in water.

When I was contacted about testing and reviewing the Fruit Infusion Pitcher by Kitchen Frontier, I jumped at the chance. I'd not used such a product before, although I'd had strawberry cucumber infused water in Seattle one time, when I was attending the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in 2012. It was delicious.

My pitcher arrived and while I generally hate plastic-y anything, this BPA-free hard acrylic one is not objectionable. I don't know how it will look when it's had a few trips through the dishwasher, but right now I find it quite attractive. It's also shatterproof and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Fruit Infusion Pitcher by Kitchen Frontier

Juneberries on our serviceberry tree.
(Amelanchier sp.)

So I went out to the strawberry patch and picked some, sliced up a peach, and also picked some juneberries from our Amelanchier or serviceberry tree (yes, they're edible for humans, too!) and loaded them into the infusion chamber.

Once this was full, I screwed it into the lid and popped the whole thing onto the pitcher. (It snaps on.)

Then I put it into the refrigerator and waited until the next morning to try the infusion out.

The pitcher has a capacity of 93 ounces.

The infused water has a slight pink blush to it.

The flavor of the water isn't intense by any means, but of course that increases the longer the fruit is immersed in the water. It was refreshing and a nice departure from just plain water.

If you wanted a more intense fruit flavor, you could slightly crush the berries or whatever other fruit you put in the infusion column and wait a couple of days before serving it. But I found that overnight was sufficient to subtly flavor the water.

Now, here's the really good part for you. Kitchen Frontier has offered to send a free pitcher to one of my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment to this blog post, telling me what fruit you would use in the pitcher if you win one. (Maybe you'll give me a new idea for what to use in mine! I'm contemplating watermelon next.)

Be sure to include a way for me to contact you, should you be the winner. An email address is ideal and to keep the bots away, you can write it like this: ourlittleacre at gmail dot com.

The giveaway will run through Sunday night, June 22, 2015, at midnight EDT, when I'll use to randomly pick a winner. What a way to celebrate the beginning of summer, eh?  Good luck!

Giveaway rules can be found here.


I used to pick a winner from the 24 entries and it picked commentor #17. That means Sally Wannemacher, you win a pitcher! I'll be contacting you to get your shipping address so Kitchen Frontier can send it to you! Congratulations! And thanks to all who entered. You can purchase one here at Amazon, if you're interested!

I received a Fruit Infusion Pitcher from Kitchen Frontier free of charge for the purposes of trying it out and posting my true opinion of it. As always, my opinions are my own. This blog post may contain an affiliate link to Amazon.


sandy z said...
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sandy z said...

I would try melons or lime and mint. Thanks!

Shawna Lee Coronado said...

I want to put lemonade in the pitcher and strawberries in the infuser. Strawberry lemonade. YUM!!!

Jessicak said...

I'd try pineapple, kiwi or my cucumber and basil.

Margie's Mom said...

So many good ideas! I think I would try an orange, grapefruit and homegrown mint. Thanks! mjfronduti at hotmail

Louise Hartwig said...

I love cucumber and strawberries. Light and refreshing.

Jen said...

I will use raspberries. I have frozen one's from last year to still use.

Kaysette said...

I would use my blackberries, blueberries, cucumbers, water melon, cantelope, figs strawberries, and lemon. I doubt I would use all of them together,
though. kaysette at att dot com.

Bec said...

thankyou for an interesting post, your fruit looks scrumptious!

Donna@GWGT said...

I would use strawberries too. Or maybe pinapple. Looks like a neat pitcher. GWGT(at)roadrunner(dot)com

Beth said...

At the retirement home where my mom lives, they have a beverage server with fruit infused water every day. Some days it's lemon, or lime; some days it's peaches and today it was apples. My favorites are lemon and lime. Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win the Fruit Infusion Pitcher, Kylee!

Susan Battersby said...

I am pretty sure that I would try pineapple and orange.

Colleen said...

Many flavor combinations to go with here. Just to name a few of my choices...........
Cucumber, lemon, mint and rosemary
lemons and fresh mint
blueberry, peach and watermelon
pineapple and mint
strawberry and basil
strawberry and mango
raspberries and lime
blackberry and sage
watermelon and basil
strawberry and thyme
Thank you for this giveaway opportunity.
Have a wonderful and enjoyable weekend

Sally Jo said...

Fresh black raspberries from our backyard in Iowa and some juicy Georgia peaches!

Modern Mia Gardening said...

Melons and mint sound good to me!

Cynthia said...

I would try pineapple & kiwi, blueberry & mango, or guava,papaya & kiwi! I have tried this before but just put them in a mason jar and then strained the water. This infuser would be great!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

What a great pitcher...I make it in a jar but this would be even better. I love using berries and other fruit with herbs....blackberry sage, strawberry or raspberries with mint and fresh lime...and watermelon sounds wonderful. Thanks for this giveaway and the idea of a great pitcher if I don't win it!

Sally Wannemacher said...

I would use lemons and limes or just lemons, raspberries and blueberries and I think peaches would be great too. In the winter grapefruit and oranges

Anonymous said...

i have 10 grandkids who come to visit each week this wpuld be so good for them instead of pop and koolaid a great idea

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I have blackberries, grapes and cucumbers to put into an infuser like that. I have used them all at one time or another. Blueberries too. I usually don't use an infuser just throw them in. This looks very elegant though.

Gary K. said...

If I win you can get to me at gkubicki at birdbull dot com
thank you Gary K

RobinL said...

I think I'd make my first batch with watermelon and mint!
msrobin58 at insight dot rr dot com

Anonymous said...

Stopping by to say hello!

Looks like a great giveaway. I've looked at infusion bottles, but never thought about an infusion pitcher. The combination of fruit you used looks good. I think my family would like this pitcher. I'd try mixed berries as my first water infusion.


Have a wonderful weekend, Kylee!

Barbara D said...

Mint from my garden and raspberries

Sue Chanay said...

Kylie, I am thinking maybe pineapple with strawberries. I hope I win, I like the looks of this pitcher. And incidentally I am thinking of putting a serviceberry in my yard. Do you recommend a certain variety?

Kylee Baumle said...

I used to pick a winner from the 24 entries and it picked commentor #17. That means Sally Wannemacher, you win a pitcher! I'll be contacting you to get your shipping address so Kitchen Frontier can send it to you! Congratulations! And thanks to all who entered. You can purchase one here at Amazon, if you're interested!

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