Lemon Squash No Preservatives Added

We had a big lemon tree when we stayed in Deolali Nasik.

Nearly the whole year the tree gave so many lemons, that after distributing, there were enough left with me.

So in those two years I made all types of pickles and this lemon squash.

This squash is so easy to make , no preservatives, no citric acid, water etc is required .

You need Lemons and Sugar, few clean and dry soft drink bottles, thats it πŸ™‚

Before starting ensure the bottles are clean and totally dry . This is very important.

Even the Lemons need to be washed and wiped dry. The squeezer, knife , cutting board, steel bowl, should be clean and dry.


Fill any size bottle with sugar till a certain level. It can be till its neck or slightly lower. Just mark the level of the sugar in the bottle with a sketch pen or marker.


Squeeze the juice of lemons in a steel bowl with a squeezer. Pour this juice up to the marked level.

Do not shake the bottle while pouring.


You will notice the sugar dissolves and its level comes down.

Close the lid of the bottle and shake and shake. Good exercise for your arms .


You will notice that the sugar level goes further down and settles at the bottom around 1-1/2 inch after few hours.

In course of time may be month or so the sugar will slowly dissolve. Even if it does not dissolve totally do not worry.Its presence will not make any difference to the taste.

Just before using, shake the bottle well and pour into a glass and then pour chilled water over it and stir. The quantity of the concentrate depends on your taste. Normally for one glass 2 Tbsp is ok.

No need to add extra sugar.

I kept this squash in a cool dark place. It lasts and lasts.

Some of my friends kept these bottles in the sun for a few days. I did not keep it in the sun at all.

Lasts for ages. My last of the bottles got over after 3 years. So you can imagine the number of bottles I had made ! πŸ˜€

One thing I would like to mention. Initially the colour is pale yellow. As time passes around a year the colour deepens to golden yellow.

If you keep it for ages like me the colour turns brownish. There is no change in taste at all.

So now I make a jaljeera from this squash. I add roasted jeera, kala namak, and black pepper and ice πŸ˜€ )))

Now the AWARDS !

Yesterday was the awards day for me.

Latha of the ‘yum’ blog gave me two awards, Thoughtful Blogger award, and a Thank You award.Thanx Latha πŸ™‚

Then Sra gave me Rockin’ Girl Award. Thanx Sra πŸ™‚

Sia gave me Schmooze Award….Thanx Sups πŸ™‚

I know I do not deserve them at all. I have not done any extraordinary work πŸ™‚

For me these awards are ways of showing our affection and care for our fellow bloggers.

I love you all too, so with this spirit I accept these awards πŸ™‚


Now I want to pass these two awards to all my fellow bloggers.

I am just writing the names of few at random. It is so difficult to choose. If I have missed out names I am sorry πŸ™‚






Just for fun








Latha and yum girls











The Cooker


Viji Malabar Ruchi


  1. First, the lemon squash is a novel idea, I haven’t come across this method. Congratluations on your awards. And thankyou for passing on the awards πŸ™‚

    Thanx Jyothsna πŸ™‚ you desrve all of them πŸ™‚

  2. Oh archana, I was just waiting for you to post the awards!You deserve them! A loving hug! Thanks so much for passing those awards!

    Always have your awards in the front page. Posting in the side bar would be a good idea( borrowed from asha)
    Btw, I am changing my blog look again. Just working on that. Please visit and let me know your opinion on the new look.
    Thanx Latha I feel on top of the world with so many awards πŸ™‚

  3. Archana,
    actually this is the oldest method to make juices and fruit preserves.Good that you posted this method. We need to keep the great ideas alive.

    Yes Latha you are right , olden days there were no preservatives. Thanx πŸ™‚

  4. Such a good idea.. My mom keeps giving me all these lemons/limes from her tree. I usally just add a pinch of salt and freeze them. But this is a much better idea. Ready to use instantly. Thanks..

    Hi Kamini,freezing the juice is a good idea. Thanx Kamini for stopping by πŸ™‚

  5. Hey, thank you for the award. I too, made lemon squash once, when my gran’s tree had a big crop! No preservatives added, kept in the fridge.

    Did you make it the same way?Do give the recipe πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you sweetie! You truely deserve the award. πŸ˜€
    Loved your Lemon squash….. indeed very simple to make. πŸ™‚

    Thanx Coffee πŸ™‚ I have awarded you too. πŸ™‚

  7. Archana…that Lemon squash of yours is so incredible….thanks for sharing it….

    and the awards…you deserve them all…I was happy when latha mentioned your name….

    and thanks for passing them on….not sure if I deserve…but it does make me happy to know….


    You deserve them too Srivalli πŸ™‚ Cheers and hugs πŸ™‚

  8. no preserves,no artificial flavouring agents, no artificial color, no need to refrigerate… now i love this idea…
    congrtas sweetie for all those awards. i know its feels wonderful to share them with all lovely friends:)

    Yes Sups its a simple process πŸ™‚ Thanx Sweetie for honouring me with the awards πŸ™‚

  9. Congrrraaaaaats for your WELL DESERVED awards,dear:)

    I happily receive them if u pass on to me as a token of friendship,love and care…HUGS and HUGS again…But do I deserve them?I dont think so archu..:)
    I had been waiting for a simple squash with no preservative.Thanx for sharing the recipe,which I am gonna try soon..:)I have my doubts regarding that “Bunno” for gravies in microwave…Will ask you later after trying once more..:)

    Thanx a million :)Those awards are my token of affection to you do accept them πŸ™‚
    Bharathy any doubt about the gravy. Feel free to ask πŸ™‚

  10. Hey Archana….
    Thanks for ur Lemon squash idea dear….will surely make it πŸ™‚
    And Congrats for all your awards…thatz cool dear πŸ™‚
    See u forgot to include this kutti Sirisha…waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah ….Just kidding dear…..Congrats again πŸ™‚

    Thanx.Sorry Sirisha I forgot :)I was in a hurry to post πŸ™‚
    I will add your name do please accept it πŸ™‚
    Liked the squash ?Try it.

  11. Hey, Congrats for the awards, and you do deserve them all for sure.
    Your lemon squash recipe seems wonderful, I am not able to see the pics though….:(
    And thank you for the award

    Thanx Bhags πŸ™‚ you desrve them too :)Pictures are not visible, will check them.

  12. My mom makes this squash in a very similar way. sounds easy and handy.
    Thanks a million for the Awards. so nice of you. Congrats on the awards too.

    Thanx Sharmi πŸ™‚ You deserve them all Sweetie πŸ™‚

  13. hey, lemon squash ekdum soppa distoy karayla πŸ™‚ Ithey Season madhye karaylach hava! I too had a beautiful lemon tree back home, got lovely produce and we used to make limbu sarbat everyday πŸ™‚ teen varsha bottle challi, wow! mazhya sathi ek thevli ahes ki nahi πŸ™‚ sadhya ithey peaches jorawar ahet, tyach kahi kartes ka?
    Congratulations on all the awards, blogosphere madhle sagley awards ithey pahiley πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the award sweetie, tuzhya kadun aley, phar mast vatley πŸ™‚

    Recipe khoopach sopi ahey. Ghari bharpur sakhar and lemons pahije suru karaychya adhi, bas:)
    Juni bottle sampali me fresh pathavte πŸ™‚
    Peaches tar mala khoop awadtat, tashich khaoo shakte πŸ™‚
    thanx, tu tar nakkich deserve karte hey sagle awards πŸ™‚

  14. Whoa!!! You got all of them girl. You rock!! :))
    I love a Lemonade at this time, too hot here. Looks great.I might try after I come back.Have fun.See you next week.

    Yes Asha I am Rocking πŸ˜€ Have a nice holiday πŸ™‚

  15. Archana….I liked the squash idea…never tried it….bookmarking it πŸ™‚ And congrats on all the awards….you rock , girl !:)


    Thanx Shn πŸ™‚ do try it.

  16. This is a really neat idea! I have lots of extra lemons in the fridge, and I think I will be a good idea to make this quick squash.

    Yes Nupur just try it, you will like it πŸ™‚

  17. kiti sopi technique aahe! maajhi aai banvayachi pan sakharecha paak karun…ek ek baatli bharpur varsha chalaychi πŸ™‚ Congrats on your awards and how thoughtful of you to pass them on. Thanks !

    Thanx Tee πŸ™‚ aag khoopach sopi ahey. Karaychya adhi sugar and lemon bharpur thev. You all deserve the awards πŸ™‚

  18. No, this is new to me. I remember heating the juice on a v low flame, I mixed up two recipes, I think!

    Haaahhaa haa only good creative cooks can think of mixing 2 recipes πŸ˜€ )))))

  19. Thats such a neat technique Archana! You really rock girl! Congrats for all the Awards…You deserve them…And so thoughtful of you to pass it on to others. Thanks.

    Thanx Neelam πŸ™‚

  20. Yep archu,my doubts regarding that frying onions and tomato in the micro…I have not tried cooking or sauting in micro so far..I do use it for reheating or jacket potatoes.Other than that it sleeps.My microwave utensil melts easily,whichever brand I buy..pls help me out with the name of the best brand.I want to try Bunno method..:)

    Just answered on your blog πŸ™‚

  21. Hi Archana….That was really sweet of you dear….I am humbled…..Thanks so much for passing on the award….But I cannot paste them in my space…They rightfully belong to u dear πŸ™‚ Thanks so much …U rock πŸ™‚ Good luck and wishing you more and more successes in the future :-)Take care

    Sirisha it is yours now, feel free to paste it. I am supposed to pass it on πŸ˜€

  22. Archu, hugs for clearing my doubts dear.Latha too helped me out with her valuable suggestions.I have a borosil flat tray sleeping in my shelf..will wake it up soon..:)Pls help Latha to proceed creating a blogger profile,so that we can access her site by clicking her name..jus like you have done..by adding the link MY WEB PAGE…:)

    Yes I will guide Latha to start a blogger account πŸ™‚

  23. A nice post for the lemon squash Archana. Congrats for the awards and thanks for sharing it with me. Viji
    Thanx Viji πŸ™‚ You deserve it Viji πŸ™‚

  24. Congrats for Awards!
    The lemon squash is looking perfect….This is very nice idea I made this on Sunday and give your link my dear if you have no problem….Thanks for passing award….:)

    Thanx Kajal for trying it out. I have no problem give my link πŸ™‚ You deserve the award sweetie πŸ™‚

  25. Archana, What a coincidence! I just logged in to your site and got a gmail popup announcing your comment in my blog!
    Whether you post or not, I just can’t stop myself from visiting you every day!Hugs dear!

    Take care and bye for now.


    What is gmail pop up Latha ? Thanx dear πŸ™‚ Could you make a blogger profile for yourself ?

  26. I liked your blog. It’s so nice and you have explained things wonderfully. I have bookmarked it and will be visiting regularly. If you get time, visit my blog as well.

    I liked your name Chamatkaribaba πŸ™‚ Thanx for stopping by.Do visit again .

  27. Hey Archana, congrats on the awards and thanks for being so thoughtful and caring girl. Maji aai limbu-alya cha sarbat sakharechya pakat banaun thevaychi asa bottle madhe bharoon. But this is an even quicker idea.

    Oh Priyanka you deserve it girl πŸ™‚ Tuzya Aai chi recipe kadhi tari post nakki kar. Ginger mule chaan chav yet asel.

  28. Hey Archana, I have a tree full of lemons in my front yard, even the passersby come and help themselves to them ! And I had no clue what to do with a tree loaded with lemons. your recipe is soooo simple, I think I will make it and keep it for summer time – right now its too cold to even think of drinking lemonade !

    what a simple method and I love no-preservative πŸ™‚

    Thanx Abha,
    Thats gr8 you have a lemon tree, how I miss mine πŸ™‚ You can do loads of things with them. Yes you can make and keep it for summer time πŸ™‚

  29. Hi archana,
    How are you? What recipe is coming up next? My daughter made pani puris for the first time and she has posted the snaps. I feel so happy.
    Do try the mysoor pak archana, it is not difficult as it is made out to be.E mail me in case you have any doubts to make the sweet.

    Pani puri looks yummy πŸ™‚ It is my weakness, I can have lots. Can’t make mysore pak as advised by the doctor. There is lots of ghee in it πŸ™‚

  30. A very simple and a nice squash recipe Archana.. Congratson the awards dear and thanks for passing them on to us..

    Thanx Prema πŸ™‚ You deserve it too πŸ™‚

  31. hey thts such an easy recipe …..i made lemon squash too ….just a few days back ….may b next time i’ll def. give this a try

    Thanx Rahin , it is very simple to make:) Also thanx for stopping by πŸ™‚

  32. That is such a simple recipe. I love lemon juice and normally make Ginger-Lemonade, which of course, cannot be preserved. I can now make a Ginger-Lemon Squash πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing this.

    Hi Chikki,
    Yes you can try adding ginger. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  33. archana iam a first timer to ur blog excellent one the squash recipe is simple one but i do it with preservatives let me try this with the left over lemons in the tree

  34. Hi: tried this again this year- was given the recipe earlier by an acquaintance. Mine does not work..it got spoilt again. I now freeze it. Would love to not waste my freezer space. What am I doing wrong??? It gets a fermented smell ..had to throw it away..

  35. very nice recipe.i love the peoples who preserve the natural things in natural way.again thank you for this fine recipe.

  36. My first time here! Lovely posts. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I was going 2 make my squash in the traditional way. Will try this method also this time.
    Pleasure following you.
    Please visit me when you have the time.

  37. […] (my blog and me) have been awarded, The Rocking Girl Blogger by Padma of Padma’s Kitchen and Archana of Love2EatHate2Cook and a Schoomze Award again by Archana and Laavanya of CookeryCorner !!!!!! […]

  38. this was the most traditional way to prepare the lemon squash..we often make the recipe difficult by adding many of the ingredients..thanks for sharing the tips also

  39. My son Kaustubh tried your recipe today.Don’t know if he has followed all the steps mentioned by you;but @ 3 litres of lemon squash is ready now. I wonder if a piece of cloth can be tied on the mouth of the bottle instead of tightening the lid.–

  40. Thanks a lot for this wonderfully simple recipe
    I will try it tommorow and let you know .I have cocktail lemon trees and right now 2 sacks of them.Im not sooo
    worried after seeing your recipe.

  41. Hi, just chanced on your post..love some of your recipes…just a suggestion…the background picture makes reading the text difficult can you pls tone down the background picture to make text more visible and appealing..

  42. Thats actually a very natural recipe of preserving & I like natural things very much; I suppose thats why I have searched for this. Thanks a lot for Sharing….

  43. Hi ! was just surfing to find recipe/s of making RASBHARRY sherbat when instead of that i came across your blog.i liked the idea of preserving lemon juice without any preservative.I want to have a rough idea of as to how much sugar and lemons will be needed to make juice in 8 bottles of 1/2 litre.? secondly, besides lemon can any other fruits juice be stored in the very same way as that of lemon or they get discoloured after some time? thirdly,does any fungus form on the topmost layer of the juice if kept for a long time? Hope you will respond on my queries as early as possible and in time so that i can go further and make a few bottles of juices.Pl. if you don’t mind, i want to have a recipe of JALJEERA which you make. Hope to read something new from you soon.

    • Hi Rewa,
      It is difficult to give the exact quantity required. For every half litre bottle keep at least 500gm sugar ready and around 10 to 15 normal size lemon found in India. some extra lemons are always welcome. I will try and give the jaljeera recipe later
      I have never tried making the squash with other fruits so cannot recommend..No fungus forms on the top layer if you follow the hygiene , keep the bottles, lemons, hands and other equipment absolutely dry.Just do not let water come in contact while preparing the squash.My squash is still with me since 8 to 9 years. Thats scary isnt it It is still fine taste wise but the colour has changed to dark caramel colour and no fungus at all . I had made in excess.Thanks for visiting.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s