This... is summer in a bottle.
Imagine grabbing a bottle of this glorious ruby red liquid off your shelf and adding ice cold water.
Yes, you heard right ... from the shelf! It tastes amazingly good!
This is a simple beginner canning project that anyone can do. If you don't have the canning equipment, you can freeze this concentrate in freezer safe containers.
It starts with fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled. Hulled simply means coring the top part of the strawberry.
In batches, puree the strawberries in a food processor or blender.
This part is OPTIONAL. I do not like seeds of any berry and choose to push the strawberry pulp through a fine mesh. If you don't mind seeds, you will be able to save some work and time!
Freshly squeezed lemon juice is added to the strawberry pulp.
An insane amount of sugar is added to the fruit juice mixture.
Make this recipe as written the first time. If you think it is too sweet, you can reduce it by two cups. I made a batch using Splenda and it tasted great!
**Update: A pinner made this recipe with 4 cups (instead of 6) and said it was wonderful!
Use a candy or other cooking thermometer and bring the concentrate to 190°F. Do not boil. You want to get it to a steaming point, where the sugar is dissolved and the ingredients are hot enough to put into the water bath canner.
Hot juice is poured into HOT, clean jars.
The jar rims are cleaned with a wet paper towel to ensure a good seal.
The canning lids are in a small pot of simmering water and I have a water bath canner filled half way with hot water, ready to go.
A canning lid is put onto a clean, filled jar and a ring is screwed on finger tip tight. Each jar is carefully placed into the hot water.
Water is brought to boiling, the canning lid is put on and the heat reduced to medium to continue the boiling.
The recipe states to boil these jars for 15 minutes. At my high altitude, I need to add 10 minutes.
At the end of my 25 minutes, the jars are pulled out to cool on a heat safe surface. You should hear the *ping* from each jar almost immediately or within a few minutes.
The *ping* means your jars have sealed!!
Doesn't that look easy?
Label each jar with the name, date and reconstituting instructions:
1 jar concentrate + 3 jars cold water = fabulous strawberry lemonade!
Bottled Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate
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