Urban Tips: Ginger Bug + Wild Fermented Soda

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From its anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties, to it's immune system boosters, you know and love ginger root. But what if you ferment it? You get: a ginger bug!  Not only do you get amazing probiotic, gut-boosting goodness, you also have the ingredient to make your own wild fermented sodas, just in time for summer. Most people have taken a backseat to drinking soda, but wild fermented soda is delicious AND good for you! Today we're teaching you how to ferment your own ginger bug with ginger nubs. Then we're sharing a recipe on making your own wild fermented soda flavored with fruit scraps, YUM!

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To create a Ginger Bug:

  • Mason jar with lid and ring
  • 2 TB grated ginger (with peel on)
  • 2 TB sugar
  • 2 cups purified water

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to your mason jar, stir, and lid.
  2. For the next 5 -7 days feed the bug every day with 2 tb grated ginger, 2 tb sugar and 2 tb purified water. (We put ours on top of the fridge)
  3. Look for bubbling. Once it is bubbling and active you can store it in the fridge only feeding it once a week.
  4. To use the bug bring it out of the fridge, feed it and let it come back to life at room temp. 

 

To make wild fermented soda:

  • 2 cups fruit or fruit scraps
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ginger bug
  • 1 quart of purified water

Instructions:

  1. To create soda simmer 2 cups of fruit or fruit scraps with 1/2 cup of sugar and water for about 15 minutes until it becomes a juice.
  2. Strain away the fruit. Allow the juice to cool down completely.
  3. Next add 1/4 cup of ginger bug to the fruit juice and the quart of water. Stir all together.
  4.  Bottle the mixture into swing top bottles.
  5. Allow the soda to ferment at room temperature for 3 days. After 3 days, stick your bottles into the fridge for at least 1 day.
  6. Enjoy! (Be careful opening them, they have a tendency to be wild with carbonation!)

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