Saturday, March 12, 2011
1 c. sugar
6 Tbsp. sweetened condensed milk
Wash limes thoroughly with soap; you need the soap to get the wax and pesticides off of the limes because you’re using the WHOLE lime, baby. Cut the ends off the limes and then cut each lime into 8ths. You might need to do this next part in 2 batches depending on the size of your blender. Place the limes, water, and sugar in your blender, and pulse 5 times. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a pitcher (the one you’ll serve the lemonade in) and pour the blended mixture through the strainer and into the pitcher. Use a spoon to press the rest of the liquid into the pitcher. Add sweetened condensed milk and mix it in with a wisk. You may want to taste test it at this point. If it’s bitter, just add some more sugar and maybe a little more sweetened condensed milk.
Serve immediately over lots of ice. The longer you let it sit, the more bitter it will taste, so don't mix it up long before you plan to serve it.
The girls and I bought the ingredients this morning at the grocery store. We went to the produce department where I asked Abby to find me 4 limes. She is 6 years old and the girl didn't have a clue what a lime was. So, I did what any good mother would do, I told her I wasn't going to help her find them, and asked her how she could figure out what one was. I'm so mean.
We were standing right next to the very nice produce man so he overheard our entire conversation. Finally, she got up the nerve to ask him what one looked like and he was very happy to help her. He told her they were green and shaped like a lemon, and then pointed her in the general direction. Hello, that's what he's there for child! They have been learning about community helpers at school and whether they provide goods or services, so I thought this was a great lesson for her to learn today.
And, just because this recipe lacks pictures, here are some limes in case someone else doesn't know what they are either. Aren't they pretty?