This is a re-post from a larger post last year. It has intimately to do with the next post I’m working on, so thought it was worth the c&p.
This weekend was the beginning of the “time of the lemon”. Somewhere else in the country, it’s citrus season, because here in the great cold north, it’s cold and they’re shipping us lots of it. Cosco now has 5 lb bags of lemons for $6/per bag. I went and bought 12 bags. We’ve been eliminating high fructose corn syrup, slowly but surely out of our daily lives for the last year. This next recipie is one of those efforts. In particular, we don’t want to get it in hidden places – read as “I don’t wanna drink my calories”. So last year, while hugely pregnant with baby #4, I went on a mad search for canned lemonade recipes. I found a few, but was unable to find one I liked. So I mixed them all up together and made up one I liked instead. Here it is – it’s really easy. First you need to process the lemons. Here’s what I do:
Freeze the lemons in the garage. This done by the expedient of not removing them from the trunk of my car until my husband can carry the 50lb box!
It’s a straight 1-1 relationship between fresh squeezd lemon juice, sugar and water.
This means, if you’ve got 1 cup of fresh lemon juice, you add in 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar.
I ended up with 12 cups of lemon juice. This made three 12 quart batches (4 cups lemon juice, 4 cups water and 4 cups sugar) of lemon concentrate.
The individual batches of it get heated until it boils, then turned off.
I hot pack them into small mouth pint jars and hot water bath process for 15 minutes. (Don’t you just LOVE the golden color against the background of the cooler amber?!)
Other lemony bits: last year, I made lemon jam, waste peel lemon marmalade and candied lemon peel. Well, the kids aren’t such fans of the lemon and the candied lemon peel, 10 months later, has developed a bit of mold (I didn’t have a dehydrator then…) So, this year, I’m making http://www.examiner.com/nutrit ion-in-sacramento/make-your-own-orange-lemon-oil-cleaners-or-flea-repellents-from-the-fruit-peels” lemon cleaner.
They are based on the recipes linked under words -I did not create those. And, I’m still working on them, they need to leach the nice lemon oil out, so I’ll have to keep you all updated.