To me, nothing says “summer” like lemonade. And I’m not talking about the pre-bottled lemonade that is not real lemonade. I’m talking about the lemonade you make with real lemon juice (whether fresh squeezed or from a bottle). Just a heads up, it takes A LOT of lemons to make enough juice for this recipe. I bought 4 pounds of lemons and still only had enough for half the recipe. Thank goodness for bottled 100% lemon juice
This recipe is from the “Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving”. It is my go to canning book and it is the first one I recommend to anyone who wants to start canning. I had no experience before I got this book and it really walks you through every single step of water bath canning and pressure canning. You can order this awesome canning bible here.
Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate (makes 7 pints)
- 6 cups hulled strawberries (about 2 pounds, but buy 3 just to be safe)
- 4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (I did a mix of fresh and bottled)
- 6 cups granulated sugar
- Prepare your canner, jars and lids
- In a blender or food processor, purée strawberries until smooth and place in a stainless steel saucepan.
- Add lemon juice and sugar. Stir to combine.
- Heat to 190 degrees, over medium high heat, stirring frequently. DO NOT BOIL.
- Ladle hot concentrate into hot jars, leaving a 1/4 inch headspace.
- Wipe the rim with a damp towel, center the lid on the jar, and screw on the ring to fingertip tightness.
- Place jars in your water canner, making sure they are covered with water. Bring to a boil and process for 15 minutes.
- Remove canner lid, let sit for 5 minutes. Remove the jars to a towel covered counter and let cool, u disturbed, for 24 hours.
To use: mix 1 pint of concentrate with 2 pints of water. You can also put the concentrate in a blender with some ice…..and maybe a little vodka to make a yummy “sit on the deck at night” drink.
You can replace the strawberries with raspberries, blackberries or blueberries. I even did a watermelon lemonade concentrate. I simply puréed the watermelon and then measured the liquid.
I cant wait to have some of this in the middle of winter when we are all dreaming about warmer weather!