Christina is back with another terrific recipe. Christina was featured in our My Story series a couple of weeks ago and last week shared a recipe for Ginger Carrots. Today she is sharing a homemade, probiotic rich soda recipe. Please welcome Christina.
Lacto Fermented Ginger Ale
Day 1: Cut up 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger root into small dices add the ginger and 1 tablespoon of Sucanat to a mason quart jar. Fill ¾ full with filtered water and mix well. Cover the jar with a coffee filter and rubber band and leave on your counter.
Day 2-7: Every day add 1 tablespoon of freshly cut diced ginger root and 1 tablespoon of Sucanat to the soda culture. Mix well. Stir the culture 2 or 3 times every day always replacing the coffee filter and rubber band. At the end of a week you should have a bubbly culture that is ready to make into soda. This can also be stored in the fridge and be used for up to a month.
1 small hand of ginger finely grated
6 tablespoons lime juice
2 cups Sucanat (this sugar gets mostly consumed by the process)
3 qts plus 3 cups filtered water
1 cup of soda starter/culture
1 gallon jar
In a pot on the stove bring the water, ginger, lime juice and sugar to a boil then turn down the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes to an hour. The longer this simmers the stronger and hotter the ginger taste. You can taste this mixture so see how hot it is. Remember this will be much much sweeter than the final product so don’t be alarmed.
Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool.
After this is cooled pour it into a gallon jar and add 1 cup of your soda culture. Cover the jar with a coffee filter and rubber band and leave at room temp on your counter for 3 days stirring a couple of times each day.
After 3 days you are ready to bottle your ginger ale. I bottle it in grolsch bottles but I know people who have bottled them in pint jars with lids and rings or in left over bottles from water. Anything that is airtight will work.
Leave these on your counter for an additional day before transferring to the refrigerator. When you open them made sure to do it in the sink as they can be pretty fizzy!
My kids enjoy these for the first 3 days and then they don’t like them as they start getting a vinegary taste. That is how I like them the best! I have used that soda culture recipe as a base for many sodas including making the juices from our apples and grapes to make soda. I don’t feel one bit of guilt giving my kids these healthful probiotic sodas!
Have you made probiotic soda? What is your favorite flavor?
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