When Life Gives You Lemons...

Make Lemonade!

I know I've forgotten how easy, healthy and inexpensive home-made things can be. Instead, I stand at the grocery aisle and bemoan the $4 for a bottle of juice, the high fructose corn syrup and other unidentifiable junk manufacturers feel they have to use.

SO! Let's make lemonade!

Here's what you need:
  • Juicer
  • Bag of organic lemons (10-12)
  • 1/2 cup of organic sugar
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Large glass carafe
  • Medium canning jar
  1. Cut the lemons in half, and juice ALL of them. Put them in the canning jar. It is helpful to find a jar that has the measurement markings on the side.
  2. Put about a cup of hot water (tap water is fine) in the carafe. Swish/stir the 1/2 cup of sugar to dissolve.
  3. Pour about 1/2 cup of lemon juice in the carafe. Fill with cold water - about 8 cups or 32 ounces.
  4. Keep the jar of juice in the fridge. When your lemonade runs out, you'll be able to make more in about 2 minutes! It should be enough lemon juice to make 4-5 carafes.

Voila! Drink! Be healthy! Help the earth!

Here is a great chance to buy some organic products without breaking your budget. When you use organic, you are:
  1. eliminating one source of toxins (pesticides) for your family
  2. helping to keep the workers and their families healthy because the workers aren't being exposed to toxins
  3. helping little critters (aka birdies, bumblebees, etc.) live because they aren't exposed to the pesticides
  4. helping the earth be clean because the toxins are not leeching into the soil and into our ground water
Lemons, more effectively than cranberries, keep your urinary tract clean. If you are concerned about UTIs or prone to kidney or liver issues, this is for you! And of course, with its high vitamin C content, you are strengthening your immune system, too!


Julie said...

I love homemade lemonade. The girls and I made a ton of it last summer.

mamawhelming said...

Growing up in Texas, I skipped the middleman and ate the lemons. The little girl has some Texas genes because she does the same. We like lemonade, too, of course.

blackbelt said...

mamaw - Boo used to used to suck on lemons, too. Just the thought makes my glands squeal!

Sarah said...

wow,lemonade from scratch! looks yummy,I wanna drink now.^^