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Homemade Lemonade

What do you do when life hands you lemons?  Make lemonade, of course!  My sister/blogging buddy has the most amazing lemon tree.  It always seems to be producing and, sometimes I feel like, the more we pick it, the more it produces. And we pick it a lot! Can you imagine?  Free lemons right in her back yard when the local supermarket charges nearly a dollar each!?!  It is the true definition of “local eating”.  No long haul refrigeration required and I don’t even get charged an extra premium for them being “organic”.

Thanks for all of the great lemons, Amelia!!! Cheers!

Making lemonade from scratch isn’t all that difficult and can even be a money saver!  How you juice your lemons depends on your preference, time and equipment.  If you have an abundance of time and/or people to help you out, you may go for the traditional juicing method:

I generally opt for the faster method of cutting off the peels, ends first, then carefully running my knife down the sides, then running them through my juicer. See, and you thought you’d never use that juicer.

Homemade Lemonade

8 cups water (filtered or bottled if you tap water isn’t very good)
4 cups sugar
2 cups lemon juice (from Amelia’s tree, this came out to be 30 small/medium lemons. but the number of lemons needed will depend on the size and tartness of your variety of lemon)

In a large pot, combine  water and sugar and turn on burner to high heat.  Once the sugar/water mixture has come to a boil, turn off the heat and begin adding in lemon juice, tasting the lemonade as you go, so that you can stop adding lemon juice once your own taste preference has been achieved.  Once you are satisfied with the flavor, remove the pot from the heat, let cool, pour lemonade into a pitcher and refrigerate.

Variations:  If you want to add a little flavor and color to your lemonade, after juicing your lemons, in a separate container juice some strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, etc.  After your lemonade is to the desired tartness, begin adding in berry juice, a little at a time, until you reach desired color and flavor.

This recipe makes 2 quarts of lemonade.

Eat (and Drink) Well!


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