Monday, July 4, 2011

Congratulations to our Winner!

A big congratulations to the winner of the jam/canning giveaway....Samantha from SweeTidbitz. She shared this yummy looking recipe. I had no idea you could make juice concentrate and can it! Definitely something I'm interested in trying!

Well, I would LOVE to try making homemade Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate! It'd be perfect on any of these hot summer days! =)
(Also would be a great option at my 9-year old's lemonade stand she's hosting for childhood cancer research!)

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

6 c. strawberries, cleaned and hulled
4 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 c. sugar

1. In a food processor (or blender) puree strawberries in batches.
2. Transfer strawberry puree to a stainless steel saucepan over medium-high heat. DO NOT BOIL. Add lemon juice and sugar and stir to combine.
3. Using a candy thermometer to measure (dip it halfway in the mixture and don't let it touch the pan) heat to 190 degrees Fahrenheit. Test it every few minutes, it will get there quickly. Remove from heat.
4. Ladle mixture into jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rim, center lid on jar and add screw band.
5. Place jars in canner. Jars should be covered by an inch of water. Bring to a boil and process for 15 minutes.
6. Don't forget to put the lid on!
7. Remove lid after processing and let jars sit for 5 minutes before removing.

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