Hello everyone! Today, I’m thrilled to share a fantastic recipe for canning Strawberry Lemonade concentrate. Strawberry season is here, and there’s no better way to preserve the luscious taste of these berries than by making a delightful lemonade concentrate that you can enjoy throughout the year.

Whether you’re a seasoned canner or new to the process, this recipe is straightforward and rewarding. Let’s dive in and savor the flavors of summer with every sip! 

Canning Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate (Video)

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate Recipe

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I got this delightful recipe from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving (Amazon). This book is a treasure trove for anyone interested in canning, offering classic recipes and essential information. For this project, I will be using my Nesco canner, but any water bath canner will do. 

Here’s what you need: 

  • 6 cups of whole strawberries (I used about 2 pounds) 
  • 4 cups of lemon juice 
  • 6 cups of sugar (yes, it’s a lot, but it’s for a special treat!) 

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Heat the Jars and Water

Start by preparing your canner, jars, and lids. I heated both the water and the jars in my Nesco canner. I did this by placing the water in the canner, along with the jars, filled with water, and then using the brown function. Once the jars were hot, I unplugged the canner but left the lid closed so the jars and water would stay hot.

2. Puree the Strawberries

In a blender or food processor, puree the strawberries until smooth. I used my Vitamix, which handled the job beautifully in one batch. Depending on your equipment, you might need to work in batches. 

3. Combine Ingredients

Pouring lemon juice into a stainless steel pot

Transfer the strawberry puree to a large stainless steel pot. Add the lemon juice and sugar, and stir the mixture well. 

4. Heat the Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate Mixture

Heat the mixture to 190°F over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to let it boil. Once it reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the heat and skim off any foam. 

5. Fill the Jars

Using a ladle to pour strawberry lemonade concentrate into a mason jar.

Carefully fill your hot jars with the hot strawberry lemonade mixture, leaving a quarter-inch headspace. Since this is a liquid mixture, you don’t need to worry about debubbling like with other canning processes. 

6. Wipe the Rims and Put on Lids

Putting the rings on filled canning jars
Be sure to wipe the rims before putting on the canning lids.

Wipe the rims of the jars to ensure a clean seal, then place the lids on and screw the bands on fingertip-tight. Use a jar lifter to place the jars into your canner, ensuring they are covered by at least an inch of water. 

7. Process the Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

Water bath or steam can the jars in the canner for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude if necessary. At my altitude of around 1,650 feet, I processed mine for an additional 5 minutes, making it 20 minutes in total. 

Note: to do this in the Nesco canner, follow these steps:

  1. Place the filled jars in the canner (on the canning rack) and cover with water.
  2. Place the valve in the exhaust position.
  3. Select Water Bath, then put in the time, and press start.
  4. Once you see a steady stream of steam, press start again.

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Cooling and Storage

Once processed, remove the jars and let them cool undisturbed for 12-24 hours. Check the seals before storing them. 

Final Thoughts and Tips

The final product is a beautiful, vibrant shelf-stable strawberry lemonade concentrate that can be reconstituted at a 1:1 ratio with water. Adjust to taste if you prefer a stronger or milder flavor. For a refreshing twist, blend the concentrate with water and ice for a slushy treat. 

I hope you enjoy making and savoring this strawberry lemonade concentrate as much as I did. If you found this guide helpful, please like the video and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more great canning recipes and tips. Happy canning, everyone! 

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