Besides delicious summer refreshments, this concentrate makes an ideal base for punch. Serve it to make any occasion special throughout the year. To reconstitute, mix 1 part concentrate with 1 part water, tonic water or ginger ale. Adjust concentration to taste.
Yield: Makes about 7 x 500 ml jars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Processing Time: 15 Minutes
- 6 cups (1500 ml) prepared strawberries, about 2 qt (2 L)
- 4 cups (1000 ml) lemon juice
- 6 cups (1500 ml) granulated sugar
- Place 7 clean 500 ml mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner; cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Heat SNAP LID® sealing discs in hot water, not boiling (180°F/82°C). Keep jars and sealing discs hot until ready to use.
- Wash and hull strawberries; measure 6 cups (1500 ml). In a food processor, purée strawberries. In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine strawberry purée, lemon juice and sugar. Heat to 165°F (75°C), stirring occasionally (Do not boil). Remove from heat; skim foam.
- Quickly ladle lemonade into a hot jar to within 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more lemonade. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre hot sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining lemonade.
- When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process –boil filled jars – 15 minutes.
- When processing time is complete, remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands.
- After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward and do not move when pressed. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place.
Notes: For best quality, use home canned foods within one year.
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