August 2, 2011

Hi everyone!  I’m back from our homestead up north where, unfortunately, we do not yet have Internet access. It was a lovely trip, great to get away, and we cleared some land. All day yesterday, I was been busy getting caught up in the garden and with chores around the house. We came back to zucchini of unnatural size and even more golden chard. But, we also have some newcomers to the garden- green beans and basil. Yum!

Another thing I found when I got home was an article written by a friend of mine, Kenzal Hunter, on how to make a healthier lemonade that fits into the Paleo Diet. It’s just raw honey, lemons, and water. No white sugar involved at all!  It’s also so simple, you will never want the store-bought powdered stuff again.

From his blog, the proportions are: “The proportions I used, by volume, are based off the amount of juice. I used 3/4 of the juice volume in honey, and 6 times the juice volume in cold water.” He also mentions that he would try less honey in future batches as it was a little too sweet. You can find the entire article and details here at Kenzal’s blog Soot Happens.

I spoke with him after reading the article, and he passed along that it keeps getting better the longer it sits in the refrigerator. The taste of the honey blends with the lemons and the flavors continue to improve. I’m not sure how long Paleo Lemonade would keep in the refrigerator, but I’m guessing that it will be consumed long before that’s an issue.

Another thing I like about this Paleo Lemonade, it is something that can be produced entirely on one’s homestead without the need of a grocery store or dependence on the Industrialized Food System. If you get yourself a miniature lemon tree (or two- lemons are great for cleaning), you keep bees, and you have your own water source, you can enjoy this little luxury without any reliance on outside sources or added expense.

If you are not interested in keeping bees, every county has a beekeeping association, and they will have a web site. Just google your county’s name and “beekeeping association.” From there, you can locate a local beekeeper that sells raw honey. You can also try looking for honey at your local farmers market.

About the Author Homesteading Mom

Homesteading Mom is run by Cat Ellis, an herbalist, prepper and aspiring homesteader. Cat is the author of two books, Prepper's Natural Medicine and Prepping for a Pandemic. Cat Ellis also blogs at,, and

  • We're fructose-sensitive, so I make our lemonade with a few drops of liquid stevia. We sometimes do the same with straight cranberry juice, water, and stevia.
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