Category Archives: Fermented Beverages

How to Make Orangina (Fermented Orange Juice)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

Oranges are the most commonly grown fruit tree in the world. A hybrid of ancient cultivated origin, possibly the pomelo and the mandarin, the orange is widely grown in warm climes with Brazil and the United States (California and Florida) predominant.

The elementary school I attended in Dunedin, Florida happened to be located only a few miles from a Hood’s orange juice factory, now owned by Coca-Cola.

Many days, my classmates and I could smell the distinctive aroma of burning citrus peels from the belching smokestack. While the smell didn’t bother me too much, many of my classmates found it nauseating with some even choosing to stay indoors for recess on days when the wind was blowing in the school’s direction.

While burning citrus peel waste may not seem too problematic, the process of extracting the juice from the oranges in a factory setting definitely is.  Read more…


Video: How to Make a Starter Culture for Homemade Soda

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

Starter for Homemade Soda

Investigation of the culinary practices of Ancestral Societies from around the world reveals that nearly all of them utilized various types of fermented foods and drinks to assist digestion, maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria and keep immunity strong.

Of course, these cultures did not understand the science behind the benefits of fermented foods; they only observed anecdotally that by eating these foods regularly, vibrant health was more easily maintained and chronic disease avoided.

We now know that traditionally prepared fermented foods contain an abundance of beneficial bacteria, enzymes, and nutritional co-factors not present in the unfermented version of the same foods. Regular consumption of traditionally fermented foods makes it far more likely that you and your family will sail through flu season with nothing more than a mild sniffle or a brief fever if even that!

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Healthy, Homemade Ginger Ale

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

homemade ginger aleMost folks do not know how to make homemade ginger ale, yet it is one of the easiest drinks to whip up yourself in a matter of minutes.   The bonus of making ginger ale at home is that you can traditionally ferment it, meaning it is loaded with beneficial bacteria known as probiotics as well as enzymes, and you can use healthy ingredients to boot!

Fermentation of grains, fruits and herbs for the production of health promoting, refreshing and delicious drinks is nearly universal in ethnic cuisines but this practice has been largely forgotten with the rise of factory produced sodas that have no redeeming nutritional benefit and only encourage obesity and other chronic ailments.

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