Last year this was one of the Christmas gift giving recipes we had in our class. What a wonderful idea to package this up for family or friends. The colour is perfect for Christmas and so is the taste for our hot summer days.
6 cups strawberries, washed and hulled (Always wash strawberries before hulling to make sure you lock in the flavour)
4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 cups sugar
Preserving jars (Once opened this concentrate will only last 4 – 5 days so I use small jars. That way I can have it whenever I like without fear of wasting any.
Add ingredients to TM bowl, Speed 9 for 1 minute.
Set to 90c for 4-5 minutes, just enough to get the mixture to 90c. (if it gets too hot you will loose that vibrant colour)
Ladle mixture into jars leaving 6mm head space. Wipe rim, and place the lid on the jar.
Place jars in preserver or add the jars to a pot with just enough water to cover the lids about 2.5 cm. Gently bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer for 15 minutes.
After the simmering time is up let the jars sit for 5 minutes before removing from the water.
Remove jars, and place them upside down onto a bench on top of a folded teatowel, alow to cool.
If the lids have been sucked down, as they should be, store for a couple of weeks max, if you have one or two that dont seem to have worked just pop them in the fridge and use with in 4 – 5 days. Why not freeze into cubes and pop them in zip lock bags for instant cold drinks. Remember they wont freeze super hard because of the sugar content but you can always water it down a bit before freezing.
When you’re ready to use your concentrate, you may need to test the strength. Depending on what time of year you made it, or what variety of strawberries you used, will depened on the depth of flavour. I dont really like overly sweet drinks, so I mix it with lots of soda water. A splash of vodka can do the trick as well heheheeee. Why not try other berries. hummm blue berries are soooo good for you.