Zero Waste Strawberry Soda Recipe

Article published at: Apr 22, 2024 Article author: Durbl-Megan Article tag: How to
Zero Waste Strawberry Soda Recipe
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As spring unfolds and we inch closer to the joys of summer, longer days and warmer weather beckon us outdoors. After spending a sun-soaked morning in the garden, there's nothing quite like the rejuvenation offered by a chilled, homemade soda. Forget about the sugar-heavy commercial drinks; I'm talking about a wholesome, naturally carbonated beverage that's refreshing and rich in probiotics.

Creating a customized soda allows you to control both its sweetness and fizziness. The beneficial bacteria in the whey feed on the sugars in the honey, gradually reducing the sweetness over time. If you're a fan of a dryer, slightly tart drink, like I am, you should extend the fermentation by a day or two to achieve the perfect taste. Conversely, if a sweeter touch is what you're after, shortening the fermentation period slightly will keep the sugars intact. Remember, the temperature of your surroundings can significantly affect the fermentation rate, so adjust accordingly.

The carbonation magic happens when bacteria produce carbon dioxide during fermentation, creating that delightful fizz when there's no escape route in a sealed bottle. The intensity of the fizz can vary—a testament to the unpredictable yet exciting nature of wild fermentation!

One of my favorite recipes involves using overripe fruit or fruit scraps that might otherwise be discarded, like apple peels, pineapple cores, or the tops of strawberries, which lend a subtle flavor and a lovely hue to the drink. This method not only maximizes the use of all parts of the fruits but also varies with the seasons, letting you enjoy a taste of each one throughout the year.

As for the whey. A fermentation powerhouse is the liquid that accumulates at the top of the yogurt. If you need more than what naturally separates, you can easily make more by straining the yogurt through a cheesecloth set over a bowl. This whey can then kickstart your soda fermentation, be added to smoothies for a protein boost, or be incorporated into salad dressings and other fermented foods for an added probiotic punch.

Homemade Probiotic Fruit Soda Recipe
● 3 cups filtered water
● ½ cup organic honey
● ½ cup freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice
● ¼ cup fresh whey
● Fruit scraps of your choice (e.g., berry tops, apple peels)

1. Warm the water in a saucepan over low heat to dissolve the honey.
2. Remove from heat and mix in your citrus juice and whey.
3. Place the fruit scraps into a clean 1-liter glass jar and pour the liquid over them.
4. Seal the jar and let it sit at room temperature for about two days to start fermentation.
5. Strain the concoction into a pitcher, funnel it into a sealed bottle, and let it ferment for another 2 to 4 days.
6. Check the taste and refrigerate to stop fermentation once you're satisfied with the fizziness and flavor.
7. Serve chilled, perhaps with a splash of vodka or rum for an adult twist.

This refreshing drink is a delightful way to cool down and a healthful treat supporting digestion and overall well-being. Enjoy crafting your version of this springtime refreshment!

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