Zingiber officinale, better known as ginger, has been used medicinally and as a culinary spice for thousands, of years, but did you know that you can also use it to create a probiotic beverage similar to kefir or kombucha?
Meet the ginger bug!
In a nutshell, a ginger bug is simply a collection of bacteria and yeasts that can be used to start a wild ferment. You can use it to make natural sodas like ginger beer and root beer or fermented herbal teas.
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Keep reading to learn how to create your very own ginger bug that will be your ticket to all sorts of fizzy, probiotic goodness. You can can also watch the video tutorial on Facebook! ??
- 7 T fresh ginger, minced (or 7 tsp ginger powder)
- 7 tsp unbleached, organic evaporated sugar cane (white sugar)
- 3/4 c filtered water
- Pour water into a glass jar, add 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 T minced fresh ginger (or 1 tsp ginger powder); cover tightly, shake to dissolve and leave at room temperature for 24 hours
- On day 2, remove the lid and add one more teaspoon each of the ginger and sugar to the jar; cover tightly and shake to dissolve; leave at room temperature for 24 hours
- Repeat each day for seven days, until all the ginger and sugar is used
- On the seventh day, there should be bubbles forming in the ginger bug. If not, throw the mixture away and try again (sorry!)
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