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Nuggets Of Wealth For Life and Health – How to Make A Healthy, Probiotic-Rich Soda!!

Hey Neighbor!

Your Health Must Matter Most To You!!

As I was learning how to preserve my vegetable harvest last year, I also learned how to make ‘soda-like’ probiotic-rich beverages, with the use of a ferment starter, called a ‘Ginger Bug.’

So You say: Tam, What the heck is a Ginger Bug??

It’s just fresh ginger, diced, and sweetened with organic cane sugar. It’s the base ingredient that you will need in order to make a homemade ginger ale, ginger beer, or any flavored probiotic rich ‘soda-like’ drink that you prefer!!

And, good news…there is no need to add any artificial carbonation, and there is no alcohol involved in the making of this homemade, fermented soda!!

How to make Your Ginger Bug in just Just Five Easy steps!!

1. Dice up 2 heaping tbsp of your fresh ginger and place this into a clean mason jar. (I prefer to keep the peel on my ginger, but peel it, if you prefer.)
2. Add 2 tbsp of filtered water to your mason jar
3. Add 1 tbsp of pure cane sugar (no artificially bleached beet sugar)
4. Stir well, loosely cover with a coffee filter (to let air in, but keep dust out) and tighten w/a string or rubber band.
5. You will leave this out, in a warm spot, on your countertop afterwards…then repeat these same steps for the next 5-6 days.

Ultimately, your will remove your coffee filter, seal your jar tightly, and then refrigerate!!

And now that your ‘Ginger-bug’ has been fed for 5-6 days, it should appear very fizzy and bubbly.

It will continue to ferment slowly, inside of your refrigerator…and now you’re ready to make soda!!

My favorite flavor is Strawberry/Rosemary!!

1. In a separate (32oz) mason jar, add a sprig of fresh rosemary and also add 1 cup of your fresh or frozen strawberries – slice them and keep the leaves on, if you like!!

2. Add 1/2 cup of sugar

3. Add 1/2 cup of your ginger bug/ferment starter to this mason jar – You can also include some of your ginger bits (from the bug), or not.

4. Now you must ‘Re-feed’ your refrigerated ginger bug with an additional 1/2 cup of filtered water + 1/2 cup of sugar, then stir it and return it to the refrigerator for your next homemade drink.

5. Finally, add filtered or spring water to your 32oz. mason jar, filled with your ingredients. Fill it 3/4 of the way, seal tightly and shake!!

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Now I like to let my fermented soda set up, while it’s on top of my refrigerator. That’s so that it can stay nice and warm, while my sugar is dissolving.

It’s very important to keep your ferment in sight, so that you can remember to shake it from time to time, and so that you don’t forget to burp it once/day!!

Why must you burp your ferment??

Well, because your fermented ginger is probiotic-rich, as it eats the additional sugar, it will begin to produce CO2, just like your fermented pickles and tomatoes, so it is very important to burp your jar once every 24 hours- to release that pressure and to avoid 💣💥🌋!!

Here is a picture of my ferment that I neglected to burp on day 3!!

Non-alcoholic Strawberry/Rosemary Fermented Soda 😋

When I finally released the pressure, it gave off several strong whooshes that nearly freaked me out!!

It nearly ran over the top of the jar, just as if I had drooped a soda can, and then attempted to open it immediately afterwards. Wow!! 🤯

Ok!! So obviously, this delicious fermented drink will become very fizzy in 2-3 days, but if you’re overly excited and/or impatient, it will produce a very light fizz within 24 hours and can be chilled or served @ room temperature 😋

I think you will really enjoy this homemade drink, without the alcohol, caffeine, and certainly without the diabetic-inducing high fructose corn syrup found in most of your store bought sodas!!

Again, whether you have fresh ingredients or frozen, go ahead and try this – and try experimenting with other flavors, like blueberry/mint, strawberry/pineapple, blackberry/lavender!!

Let me know how yours turns out, and once again, don’t forget to burp your jar every 24 hours!!

Until Next time, Happy Fermenting!!

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💕Tam

God Loves You and So Do I!!



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13 thoughts on “Nuggets Of Wealth For Life and Health – How to Make A Healthy, Probiotic-Rich Soda!!

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  2. I know Manu!!🤗 I actually gave up soda several years ago, so this stuff is quite a treat for me and my family!! And even though you have to add sugar to initiate the process, this beverage is really good for the gut, for digestion, and it won’t spike your blood sugar.💕

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