Got lots of whey left over from your cheese making??
Don’t let this precious liquid filled with vitamins, minerals & enzymes go to waste. It can be used to make a host of wonderful things including your very own natural, healthy Ginger Ale.
If your new to fermenting (like me) leaving things to ferment out on the bench goes against all “you think you know” and taking that first sip can seem like a gigantic leap of faith. But once you have, you won’t look back – this Ginger Ale tastes so much better than your store brought varieties.
Not to mention that it contains no artificial flavours, colours or nasties.
Whey Ginger Ale a’la Mamma Going Natural
You will need:
- 6 cups Filtered Water
- 1/2 c Lemon or Lime juice
- 2 T fresh grated Ginger
- 1/2 c Rapadurra Sugar
- 1 t Himalayan salt
- 1/4 c whey
Sterilise a 2L glass jar with boiling water & then add all of the above ingredients, stirring well.
You need to ensure that there is at least an inch from the top of the jar to your liquid to ensure mould doesn’t grow on the top of your Ginger Ale (I know that sounds scary – but it hasn’t happened to me yet :)
Leave your jar out with the lid just placed on the top (not screwed into place) at room temperature for 2 – 3 days for a mildly fizzy beverage.
If you want the drink to resemble soda pop or brought Ginger Ale leave it out on the bench for a further 1 – 2 days until it has reached the level of fizziness you require.
Place the Ginger Ale in the fridge & add stevia or a little more Rapadurra sugar at the time of drinking to taste. The longer you leave the Ginger Ale out to brew on the bench the less sweet it will be.
I leave mine out for about 4 days in the cooler months & for as little as two days in the warmer months, I think the best way to test is to taste your Ginger Ale each day & put it in the fridge as soon as you like the taste & fizzyness to stop the brewing process.
This drink can end up being very Gingery or less so, depending on the freshness of your Ginger – so you might want to play around with your quantities. I have made the recipe to be a little on the mild side, if you want it to be more gingery add some ground ginger to spice it up.
This makes the most lovely healthy refreshing drink for a hot day on its own or with the addition of some sparkling mineral water.
Or you can even add a little hot water to it & drink it as a brewed Ginger tea.
And with all that Ginger it has got to be good for you!!
So get brewing.