SNOW JOKE: Cook up a storm - using snow!

Maple snow lollies
Maple snow lollies

It's caused disruption to transport and led to school closures, but believe it or not, there is actually a useful way to make the most of the snow.

New research by Wren Kitchens has found another way to utilise the snow - and not just by putting a carrot on the nose of a snowman either.

Hot Chocolate Snow Slushies

Hot Chocolate Snow Slushies

The company has actually taken the snow and used it as an ingredient, incorporating it into five unique recipes that can be easily made at home.

Dr Faye Christopherson - Medical officer at Push Doctor, says: "Snow is mainly water, which is great and fine to eat, but as it passes through the atmosphere it acts like a sponge absorbing environmental contaminants, such as aerosol particles and sulphates, nitrates and mercury."

Well we all know it is best to avoid yellow snow, but Dr Christopherson has said that you should "take caution when it comes to eating snow that has already hit the ground, brown snow is likely to be highly contaminated."

Here are five snow recipes for you to get your teeth into:

Fluffy Snow Pancakes

Fluffy Snow Pancakes

*All recipes must use clean, fresh and untouched snow.

Vegan Coconut Snowcream

Ingredients
Eight cups of snow
1 can of coconut milk
2 tbsp maple syrup

Method
Chill the coconut milk in the fridge until cold
Place the snow in a large bowl & our in the coconut milk and maple syrup
Mix lightly until combined

Snow-garitas

Snow-garitas

Maple Snow Lollies

Ingredients
10 cups of snow packed tightly into a pie dish or roasting tin
1 cup of maple syrup
Lollipop sticks (Optional)

Method
Pour maple syrup into a saucepan and bring to a boil
When the syrup reaches around 110 ̊c (should be a soft ball), take it off the heat and immediately drizzle onto the packed ice to create strips of syrup
Leave to cool for a few moments
Either pick up and eat with your fingers or place a lollipop stick on one end of the syrup strip and use your fingers to roll into a lollipop

Hot Chocolate Snow Slushies

Vegan Coconut Snowcream

Vegan Coconut Snowcream

Ingredients
85g chocolate
2tsp. cocoa/hot chocolate powder
1 ½ tbsp. sugar
1 ½ cups of milk
3 cups snow
Whipped cream

Method
Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt over hot water
Add cocoa powder and sugar
Stir until fully combined
Remove from heat and stir in ½ cup of milk until smooth
Cool to room temp then add remaining milk
Stir the cooled mix into snow until slushie-like
Top with whipped cream

Snow-garitas

Ingredients
35ml Reposado Tequila
20ml Cointreau
35ml fresh lime juice
1 cup snow
Chilled margarita glass with salt dipped edge

Method
Place the snow in the chilled margarita glass
Shake the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Strain over the snow and serve immediately

Fluffy Snow Pancakes

Ingredients

1 cup of snow
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 cup of whole milk
Pinch of salt
Pinch of nutmeg (optional)
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
1 tbsp butter for frying
Desired fruit/syrup to garnish

Method

Combine all ingredients except the snow, and mix until the batter is formed.
Heat the frying pan and melt the butter
Just before frying, incorporate the snow by folding it into the batter.
Drop pancake batter into the pan (to your preferred size).
Fry gently until the batter bubbles on the surface, and the bottom of the pancake turns golden brown.
Flip and cook the final side to desired colour, and until centre is cooked (the cooking should take a bit longer than you expect).
Serve and garnish with preferred fruit and syrup