last updated on : 01.16.2009
You can strain the juice with the strainer a couple of times if you want to but it's not necessary.
Now we use the muslin bag ( a clean white pillowcase will work fine, albeit a bit to big in my opinion ).
Pour the juice into a muslin bag or clean piece of sheet, the bottom of which is setting in a bowl.
Pick up the bag and let drip into bowl. Don't force the juice throuh the muslin fabric. Just pick it up and let it drain into the bowl on it's own. It filters best when you don't force things through the fabric that would not go through on it's own.
The final juice will be about the color and consistency of cranberry juice, maybe just a bit thicker.
Keep the concentrate in an juice jug in the refrigerator. It will keep for several weeks.
The way to use this concentrated juice is to cut it at a ratio of 1:1, that is, when you're ready to drink some pour half a cup of juice and half a cup of water in a glass, sweeten to taste ( remember it's like lemonaide so it will take a bit of sweetening ), stir and add ice. ENJOY.
I use Splenda. That way I can drink as much as i want without worrying about the calories. And I do drink a lot of it.
Don't expect it to taste just like lemonaide however.
After a few helpings you will like it's unique, lemony/tart flavor, it's refreshing nature, the pleasure of the gathering and especially the fact that it is FREE.
Sumac seeds will keep a long time in the freezer. Don't was them. Put in a freezer bag and work the bag while closing to get out all the air you can.
I have used bags that were at least two years in the freezer.
You can even use the unsweetened concentrate to pour over fruit to preserve freshness, just like you would use lemon juice or Fruitfresh, use it for salad dressings, and for making Sumac meringue pie (substitute Sumac juice for lemon juice).
Staghorn Sumac Pink 'Lemonaide'
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