Probiotic Red Soda Pop/Transforming the Sugar!!

Sugar is bad, but I  don’t want my kids drinking fake sugar!   But kids crave sweet drinks on a hot summer day and I can’t blame them.  The best solution is to use real sugar, and let it ferment and transform into probiotics.

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 All you need is a bit of sugar, ginger and water.  Here’s how to make a ginger bug.

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It’s a healthy thing to have on-hand to keep in your fridge to pull out whenever you want to make a treat.  Full of probiotics and healthy organisms.

imageThe berries you’re picking this summer(at the store or farm) can be used to make some amazing sodas, right in your own kitchen! You do not need a soda stream to make the fizz. To make a half gallon of soda, you’ll need

  • 3 cups of berries
  • 3/4 cups of sugar
  • water to fill the jar
  • 1/2 cup ginger bug
  • 1/2 gallon jar with a tight fitting lid

Cook berries In sugar and water in a saucepan over the stove.

And let it simmer for ten to twenty minutes.

When cool, add to the  1/2 gallon jar along with remaining ingredients.

Cover loosely and stir every few hours.  After 24-48 hours, strain and pour mixture into a clean vessel. (The warmer your kitchen, the faster this process goes).

Tightly cap cap the jar and let the fermentation build. This happens faster in warmer places.  Open the lid every 8 hours to check for the fizzy sound.  Once you have it, drink your soda over ice, or chill.  Fermented soda will keep many weeks in the fridge.

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