I love introducing skeptics to the wonderful world of fermented foods with naturally fermented sodas. They are probiotically rich, effervescent, delicious and beautiful to behold. I recently taught a class of skeptical teens how to make fun foods like traditional sodas. We made Real Root Beer Floats and they were blown away by the taste and sweet effervescence. Food should be fun, health promoting and a time slowing joy. That’s what naturally fermented sodas are…joy in a bottle!
So, what makes a naturally fermented soda bubble in the bottle? That would be the starter of your choice. Should you choose whey, water kefir, kombucha, ginger bug or something else, it’s all about creating a tingle on the tongue and a strong biodiverse gut ecology!
Start maturing your own ginger bug today. Post about your experience and any questions in the comments section. We’ll all help each other. Sometimes it takes a cyber village, y’all! Meet me back here next Friday when your ginger bug will be ready to work for you. Then, I’ll teach you how to make a lovely light soda.
Ginger Bug Ingredients
- 3 cups water
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- 3 teaspoons diced ginger
Ginger Bug Method
- In a quart size jar combine all ingredients.
- Place a tight lid on the jar, give it a shake and allow it to sit in a warm or room temperature spot (72-80F).
- If your home tends to be cool at night, consider getting a seedling mat. Place the jar on top of the mat and out of direct sun light.
- Every day for the next week add 2 more teaspoons each of sugar and diced ginger. The liquid will begin to get bubbly towards the end of the week. If you’re using the classic mason jar lid, you will be able to feel the top of the lid for pressure or even a distended lid. Give that baby a little burp. Once bubbly, it’s ready to use.
Active Time: 10 minutes
Yields: 1 quart
Don’t miss the follow-up post to this one: Apple Ginger Soda!
This post was generously contributed by Monica Ford of Real Food Devotee. Check back next Friday for more delicious recipes from Monica that will make your mouth water and your tummy purr. If you’re lucky enough to live in Los Angeles, Real Food Devotee can make your life easier by delivering nutrient dense goodies directly to your door.
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