I’ve been on a beverage making kick lately, and this is one of my latest experiments. Following the directions at Wandering Chopsticks, I’m attempting to prepare some lemons to make Salty Lemonade. I had some trouble getting the lid of the jar to pop, and ended up having to use a water bath to boil the solution in-jar, so hopefully that hasn’t destroyed the lemon flavor. At the time I made this, I could only find one glass jar that I still had the lid to, so I went out the next day and got another nice glass jar with some spaghetti sauce in it to make a second batch (canning jars were $1.50 in single quantities, and spaghetti sauce jars were $2.00, so it seemed a good proposition to me). According to the directions, they should be ready for consumption a month after starting, so I’ll report back then to say how they came out.
Here is the setup I used to make the photo:
The lighting comes from one bare flash, behind the camera, bounced off of the ceiling. The jar is sitting on top of a shiny granite tile that I got at Home Depot, and the background is a piece of black craft foam. The carboard ‘roof’ is actually a gobo to prevent the flash from lighting the background. A minimal amount of post-processing was used to clean up the background a bit and increase the intensity of the lemon colors.