Saturday, March 27, 2010
Australian blogger Rhonda Hetzel has a very popular blog called down---to---earth. I don't often comment there, but I read her blog posts daily. She focuses on homemaking, gardening, repurposing and really, all aspects of simple living. I think she's on a short hiatus right now, but if living simply appeals to you, you should check out her blog.
Several times she has mentioned making homemade ginger beer, which is somewhat like ginger ale. I was so intrigued, I had to try it -- just because I could. I've made two batches so far. The first culture was made with fresh ginger and the second batch with ground (dry) ginger. Both batches were good, the result being a lightly (and naturally) carbonated, refreshing, fermented drink.
My family's opinions on the drink varied. Shane and I both enjoyed it, although he preferred the batch made with fresh ginger while I preferred the batch made with dry ginger. Kat wouldn't even try it, and my daughter didn't care for it. My son-in-law, however, said he liked it. He's a ginger lover, so I wasn't surprised.
The entire process takes about 10-12 days, but it's a fun kitchen project and really not difficult at all. If you're interested, here's the recipe from Rhonda's blog.
I recently found a recipe for homemade root beer, so I'm going to try that sometime soon. Just because I can.
Posted by Annie Jones at 8:40 AM