2 1/2 cups of sugar
1. Using a fine grater, zest four of the lemons (but we zested all of them, and will dry the remaining zest for making tea and other tasty treats!) and set aside. Meanwhile, bring about 5 cups of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, plop in your naked lemons, for one minute. This helps to get all of the juice from the fruit! After one minute, carefully remove the lemons and save the water; the water will be used later.
2. Cut the lemons in half, and squeeze 2 cups of lemon juice. Don't worry about the pulp! It adds fiber and tastiness! Compost the post-juiced lemon.
3. Bring 2 cups of the lemon-infused water to a boil, and add the sugar and the zest from four lemons. Boil slowly. Add two cups of lemon juice and again, bring to a boil. Strain through a cheesecloth at this time, if you would like (we didn't!).
Pour into hot, sterilized jars. Process in hot water bath. Save till a hot summer day!
One part concentrate plus three to four parts water, to your taste! A refreshing treat for any hot day.
For dried lemon zest, use either a fine grater or a potato peeler to shave off the very outer peel of the lemon. Then, spread evenly on a cookie sheet in a thin layer and allow to dry for several days, until completely dry. Then, you can store it indefinitely! It will hold flavor for longer, if stored in the fridge. You can use your lemon zest in teas or in baking. We are excited to use it in quick breads and with our sun-tea.
In other news of late, we have been crafting many, many things. Today, I made some more scrubbies, a jar-lid pincushion, and a coin purse. I also darned a pair of socks, baked a loaf of bread and took a final exam... quite a busy day!
Scrubbies made with repurposed citrus mesh bags!
A jar-lid pincushion from some old clothes!
A coin purse from an old shirt and some extra canvas and a vintage zipper!
The garden unit has been busy all day, in case you couldn't tell. And it was just the loveliest of days. Two more days, and classes will be complete and then one week till graduation... how time flies when you are having fun!
Happy crafting and canning!