There are many reasons you might be concerned about soda consumption and looking to cut back. With ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, phosphoric acid, and artificial colorings, mass produced soda obviously isn’t the healthiest option for you and your family. Plus, purchasing cans and bottles can be costly. But wanting to change your soda habits doesn’t mean you have to eliminate it altogether.
Here’s how to make your own soda, from the convenience of your own home, so you don’t have to go without it.
When you make your own home-brewed soda, you control everything. You oversee each step of the process, manage the ingredient amounts, and make alterations based on your preferences. So if, for example, you find mainstream sodas too sweet or want to reduce your sugar intake, you can control the level of your soda’s sweetness by adding less sugar or sweetener.
You can also customize your home-brewed soda to your tastes and preferences. Whether you’re looking for something sweet, strong, or zesty, you can add different ingredients to satisfy your craving. And you don’t have to drink any of those additives or chemicals you may not want.
Brewing your own soda is significantly less wasteful than purchasing soda. Not only are you preventing a multitude of cans or bottles from ending up in landfills, but you’re saving some serious cash by making your own soda at home. This makes home-brewed soda much more financially and environmentally friendly than store-bought soda.
For a quick and easy way to enjoy a soda, you can start with plain club soda and flavor it to your liking. Club soda is so versatile that it makes a great base for an array of flavor pairing options. Plus, club soda on its own has no sugar and no calories, making it much healthier than most sodas on the market.
Get creative by trying the following methods:
Now, if you’re a serious home cook who is always looking to make things from scratch, consider learning to brew your own soda. Homebrewed soda gets its carbonation from fermentation rather than the process of pumping gas into the beverage, so expect this labor of love to take several days, not just a few hours.
Follow the steps below from Adventures in Homebrewing to concoct your home-brewed soda.
Assemble the following ingredients and items:
Whether you’re getting healthier, trying to save money, or just experimenting in your own kitchen, brewing your own soda is a worthy endeavor. It certainly takes some patience and some trial and error, but once you get the hang of it, you might find you prefer your homemade soda over store-bought.
Interested in learning more culinary techniques and tips? Try one of Escoffier Home Gourmet’s online cooking classes. These à la carte courses are a wonderful way to learn specific recipes and innovative techniques in a step-by-step process.
And if you’re ready to turn your culinary lifestyle into an exciting career, take the next step and apply for an online culinary degree or diploma from Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.
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This article was originally published on September 22, 2016, and has since been updated.
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