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Lemonade Concentrate – From Scratch

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My husband and I are on a quest to remove high fructose corn sryup from our diets (and we just got a membership to Costco!). We really like homemade iced tea, which involves lemonade – storebought has HFCS!!! So I went on another quest to make some homemade lemonade concentrate. I couldn’t find a recipe that I liked, so I made this one up.

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds Lemons
  • 4 cups Water (or Enough To Match The Amount Of Lemon Juice Your Lemons Yield)
  • 4 cups Sugar (or Enough To Match The Amount Of Lemon Juice Your Lemons Yield)
  • 7 jars Pint-sized Canning Jars, Lids And Rings

Preparation

This involves some judgement –

Microwave your lemons for 1.5 minutes. Roll them on the counter to release the juice. Juice ‘em!

Measure your juice. However many cups you end up with will also be the measurements for your water and sugar. This is a strict 1-1-1 relationship. If I end up with 3.75 cups of juice, I put in 3.75 cups of water and 3.75 cups of sugar.

Dump it all into a pot and bring to a boil (make sure you’ve got lots of headroom in the pot – this will bubble.)

As soon as it boils, it’s ready to can! Drop it into pint sized canning jars, water bath for 15 minutes. Makes 6-8 pints, depending on how much juice you get.

Each pint will equal a single container of lemonade. Add the concentrate to your pitcher and then add in water, I add about 3-4 pints of water because this is a concentrate, or to taste, and maybe some mint, or mint tea and VOILA! You have homemade lemonade in the snow in February!

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Paul DiazC7E5 on 3.10.2013

Once canned, how long does the lemonade concentrate keep?

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Miriam Buss on 3.21.2012

So each pint makes a gallon, right?

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mistaken on 5.16.2011

Hi…really good idéa…do you think that it will be possible to freese it or you really think it as to be canned? thanks

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nursesarah on 3.13.2011

Oooooo! I just bought a bunch of meyer lemons and am going to make this! What a great idea!

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Meal Makin Momma on 3.12.2011

I am going to try this with oranges! Thanks SO much!

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