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Strawberry lemonade concentrate

three preserving jars of strawberry lemonade concentrate sitting on a stainless bench

This was one of the Christmas gift giving recipes we had in our class. What a wonderful idea to package this home made strawberry lemonade concentrate for family or friends.

The colour is perfect for Christmas, and so is the taste for our hot summer days.

Classes if you are local (Melbourne) or Zooms from anywhere 🙂
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Why not freeze into cubes and pop them in zip lock bags for instant cold drinks.  Remember they won’t freeze super hard because of the sugar content, but you can always water them down a bit before freezing.

When you’re ready to use your strawberry lemonade 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 depend on the depth of flavour.   I don’t like overly sweet drinks, so I mix it with lots of soda water.  A splash of vodka or gin can do the trick as well hehe.  Why not try other berries.  Hmmm blueberries are so good for you.

three preserving jars of strawberry lemonade concentrate sitting on a stainless bench

Strawberry lemonade concentrate

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Strawberry lemonade concentrate. The colour is perfect for Christmas, and so is the taste for our hot summer days.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Course Afternoon Tea
Cuisine American
Servings 12 or more
Method Thermomix and Conventional

Equipment

  • Thermomix (optional)
  • Preserving jars

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups strawberries, washed and hulled Always wash strawberries before hulling to make sure you lock in the flavour.
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cups sugar

Instructions
 

Thermomix

  • Add ingredients to TM bowl, Speed 9 for 1 minute.
  • Place the simmering basket on top of the lid, then set for 5 minutes / 90°c /speed 1

Conventional

  • Add ingredients to a 4-litre saucepan.
  • Pop your pot on the stove and start to cook on a medium-high heat stirring all the time.  Bring it to the boil then remove it from the heat straight away. 

Common

  • Ladle or pour the mixture into jars leaving 6mm headspace. 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 on a bench on top of a folded tea towel or towel, allow 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 don't seem to have worked just pop them in the fridge and use within 4 – 5 days.

Notes

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.  The preserved jars will last a month or so in the pantry. 

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