Monday, January 11, 2010

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

Tigress Can Jam Challenge #1

As hard as it may seem to imagine right now, summer is just around the corner. Really, it is! I promise.

And why not take advantage of all the yummy citrus that’s available now and make some of this AWESOME strawberry lemonade concentrate? Can’t you just picture it? A hot summer day with a big ol’ glass of sunshine!

Homemade strawberry lemonadeThere’s really not much to it: strawberries, fresh lemon juice, and sugar, but I cannot even put into words how delicious this tastes with sparkling mineral water! My Meyer Lemon tree still has about a dozen or two lemons on it, and I’ve already squeezed at least 4 quarts of juice out of the fruit I’ve picked so far. The freezing weather has really done a number on our citrus crops.

For drink mixture: Mix equal parts concentrate with water, sparkling mineral water, or club soda. My husband says this would be amazing with a splash of vodka!

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate
Makes 6-8 pints
Recipe Source: Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

6 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
4 cups fresh lemon juice
6 cups sugar

Note: If you’re using Meyer Lemons, feel free to add some bottled lemon juice to the mix to bring up the tartness. That’s what I did.

If you do not want to process this concentrate in canning jars, freeze the concentrate in 1 to 2 cup portions.

Puree strawberries in a food processor or blender until very smooth. Mix pureed berries, lemon juice, and sugar in a large pot and bring up to about 190°. Do not bring to boil.

Prepare canning jars and lids for processing. Ladle concentrate mixture into pint jars, leaving ¼ inch headspace. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.


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Libby said...

This looks great... and I agree with your husband, adding a splash of vodka would make a nice treat. :)

Le Jardin de ma Vie said...

This sounds amazing! What a great hostess gift. I can't wait to try it!

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Briggsy said...

Great recipe! This would be really handy to have around. I'm loving the can jam so far--I'm seeing so many different ways to use citrus, Thanks for posting!

Briggsy said...

Great recipe! This would be really handy to have around. I'm loving the can jam so far--I'm seeing so many different ways to use citrus, Thanks for posting!

Just the Right Size said...

Thanks for the comments!

Libby - Vanilla Vodka makes this taste JUST LIKE strawberry ice-cream!!! VERRRRRRY dangerous as it goes down so easily.

Le Jardin - Yes, this mixture is really good to take to a party.

Brigsy - I've been drinking some of this every few days. Much better for you than yucky store-bought soda pop!

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Marysol said...

Well, looking around, it's hard to envision Summer being just around the corner.
But strawberry lemonade might just help me pretend.

Kathy, I have an arsenal of old canning jars, and I use them for everything, from tea and lemonade, to hot chocolate.
But I love that you've used your jars for processing lemonade concentrate! Heck of an idea I'm determined to steal!

And so is the sparkling mineral water in lemonade. This has to be good!

Just the Right Size said...

Oh Sol, yes, this is amazing stuff!

And if you mix it with Vanilla Vodka, you'd swear you were drinking strawberry ice cream! Verry easy to drink and dangerous. :-)

Angela said...

Does anyone have any other recipes for "canning" drinks? I cannot wait to try this one. Here in Mass, I'm waiting for the fresh strawberries!

Anonymous said...


Thanks for postng this recipe. I lost the recipe and had been looking to find it again!

I made this years ago and absolutely loved it with a dash of vodka in it. Will have to ttry the Vanilla Vodka this time around.

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