Tu-Na Helper picked the remaining lemons off the tree. We had all sizes.
The jumbo one was 11 1/2″ around and had 7/8 cup (7 oz.) of juice.
The medium one was about 9″ in circumference and held 2/3 cup of juice.
The small one was the size that is most likely to be found in grocery stores, about 7 3/4″ around. Ok. Maybe it is a bit bigger than you’d find. It had 1/4 cup of juice which was just enough juice for some fresh lemon meringue pie, too.
Tu-Na Helper has been very busy with yard work such as trimming the trees and shrubs in our yard.
Here’s how they looked when I went out to give him a cold drink. I about fell to my knees. It was a very sad moment for me.
But I still gave him some strawberry lemonade and I sat and sipped on some, too. I’m not sure who needed cooling off more: him or me!
It’s very easy and is a recipe I developed myself.
8 cups of water, divided
1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups sugar (Depends on how tart you like it)
1 pound of strawberries, washed and hulled
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice with pulp
In a saucepan, stir 1 cup of the water and the sugar. Bring to a boil until the liquid becomes clear. Set aside to cool or chill overnight.
Puree the strawberries and some of the water in a blender or smoothie maker.
Combine the cooled sugar/water syrup, pureed strawberries, lemon juice, and the remaining water in a pitcher. Stir well. Chill.
Serve over ice to a thirsty man.
Although it’s been 100°+, the cacti in the neighborhood are still blooming. Here’s a couple more pics taken today to feast your eyes upon.
What I Learned Today:
- Fresh lemonade made with lemons picked right off the tree tastes the best.
- I shall miss the fresh lemons. But I have a grocery bag filled with our lemons that are making the trip north with us. There’s 13 in there so you know they are the big ones.
- I shall miss picking fresh oranges from our tree and juicing for breakfast.
- There’s probably no way that we’ll finish all the food in the fridge and freezer before we migrate north.
- Tu-Na Helper is trying his best to accomplish #4.
Question: Do you make fresh lemonade, mix up some frozen from a can, or measure some powder from a can? Before we started migrating south for the winter, I only used the frozen. Now I prefer the fresh.
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