I love Limeade, especially during the hot summer months. I find it to be even more refreshing than Lemonade or water for that matter. While I have been learning to reach for water first, or even sparkling water with a spritz of freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice (no added sweetener), I still enjoy a cold glass of Limeade on occasion.
I grew up on the Minute Maid Frozen Limeade from Concentrate. It is very easy to make, but it has high-fructose corn syrup in it and I try to avoid that ingredient at all costs. Yes, this recipe does have granulated sugar in it and can probably still be improved upon, but for now, I will take this. Baby steps and moderation is key.
I like making concentrates because, well, it’s convenient. Being a busy mom, convenience items do come in handy at times, but if they are homemade convenience items, that is even better. I control what goes in and can eliminate the undesirable ingredients. And it’s cheap. That is such a funny thing for me to actually say. Up until fairly recently, the words ‘Frugal’ and ‘Heidi’ were never part of the same sentence! Saving money by learning how to make many things on my own, has been seductively addictive!
I found the following recipe on the Cooking for Engineers Website and it is by Michael Chu. I am going to rewrite it here in a format that is easier for me to refer to in the future. I like to make my Limeade Concentrate in large batches to reduce how often I need to make it, so I quadruple the recipe. After doing this a few times, I realized that I am not a fan of juicing by hand, especially in large quantities! So a bought a really nice electric citrus juicer by Breville, to do the work for me! I love this juicer so much, that it stays on my counter and we have freshly squeezed orange juice each morning with breakfast. No more Tropicana. I also buy mass quantities of limes and lemons at Costco. I like to juice them up and freeze the pure juice in ice cube trays so if a recipe calls for a little fresh lemon or lime juice, I just grab a cube, thaw and ta-da! No more yucky lemon or lime “juice” in those little fruit shaped containers! And no more getting caught unprepared and needing to run to the store at the last minute for a fresh lemon that is called for in a recipe. The Breville citrus juicer is not inexpensive ($190), so I don’t recommend buying one unless you really plan to use it (and pay cash… living credit card debt-free is an amazing feeling!).
Homemade Limeade Concentrate
1 cup fresh Lime Juice (I use 4 cups, to quadruple)
1 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar (I use 6 cups)
1 1/2 cup Water (I use 6 cups)
- Make a simple syrup, combining the sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved.
- Add lime juice and stir to incorporate.
- Now you have Homemade Limeade Concentrate!
- At this point you can either portion out and freeze for future use (I freeze the concentrate in 2 cup portions because I like to make up a small pitcher at a time), or chill the hot mixture in the refrigerator until cool.
- When you are ready to use it, simply add 2 cups of cold water to each cup of concentrate that you use. It does not make a lot, but that is okay… keeps me from drinking too much!
Stir and Enjoy!
I like to make the lime juice first:
To make the simple syrup:
Sam LOVES this juicer! I cannot believe how fast he is growing up, he makes his own juice in the morning and his favorite is Blood Orange juice!
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