When I first came across a recipe for a blueberry-lemonade concentrate I wasn’t sure that it sounded very appetizing. In fact it didn’t sound good at all. Although I like blueberries, they are one of my favorite fruits, the thought of drinking blueberry juice just didn’t appeal to me. So when I made a batch, my expectations were not high. To my surprise, it was very good. So good that I had to make two more batches just to be sure we’d have enough to get through the winter.
- 6 Cups Blueberries
- 4 Cups Lemon Juice
- 6 Cups White Sugar
Wash blueberries. Place berries in large stock pot and puree with stick blender.
Add lemon juice and sugar. Stir to combine. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture reaches 190 degrees. Strain mixture. Return strained juice to pot and return to boil. Ladle hot mixture into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head space. Wipe rims, apply lids and bands, and water bath process for 15 minutes.
I am absolutely in love with concentrates and juice from fresh fruit. This is definitely one that I will be making again next year and possibly sooner if I run out, as you can use frozen blueberries, which I have lots of in the freezer.
So, what I thought would not be tasty in the least turned out to be a new favorite because I didn’t let my narrow-mindedness cloud my determination to try canning new things, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.