Brace yourselves for the palate explosion that these fizzy, buzzy sodas are sure to bring! While there are more choices on the market now for sparkly fermented beverages made with healthier ingredients, like kombucha and fruit sodas made with real fruit and cane sugar, they can be a bit on the pricey side. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to make these delicious beverages in your home kitchen. Join us to learn how to brew your own carbonated herbal sodas, talk about the science behind them, and why they are good for you!
Fermentation is one of our oldest food processing methods. Scientifically known as zymology, it refers to the conversion of carbohydrates into alcohols, carbon dioxide, yeast, or bacteria. Beer, miso, sourdough, kefir, kimchi and many other delicious foods we love are the product of fermentation. We’ll prepare a ginger bug, the base to many natural fermented probiotic and effervescent beverages or sodas, and make and taste everything from Persian Doogh to old fashion root beer. Weather permitting we’ll tour the farm and harvest some herbs for our concoctions. If you are interested in Old World food preservation, gut health, or fermentation in general, this is the class for you!
Cheryl is the Chief Fermentationist and CEO of Contraband Ferments as well as a Educator, Health Coach, Artist, Beekeeper, and Writer. She has contributed as a writer for Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, has been a guest on the radio show “Fuhmentaboudit!” (on Heritage Food Radio Network), Co-Organizes the NYC Fermentation Festival, and is one of the Organizers of the NYC Ferments Meetup. She is currently working on her first book and teaches workshops and at festivals both regionally and internationally. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with all of her cultures as pets (aka: bacteria, yeast, and mold).
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD FARM IN OUR INDOOR LOFT. DETAILED DIRECTIONS CAN BE FOUND BY FOLLOWING THE LINK BELOW.
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*Thank you to our friends at Farm School NYC for this language.