We've had another lovely week.
We were involved in another bulk food buy. I handed Belle the camera while I helped to divide the food.
I found this very old pattern in an op shop. It had instructions for different sizes of needles to the ones we use now but it didn't matter because the same op shop had old needles too!
There are two parts to making ginger beer. Making the plant and feeding it and then making the actual drink.
Make the plant as follows:-
Put eight teaspoons of ginger and eight teaspoons of sugar (I use raw) into a jar with 1/2 teaspoon of dried yeast. Pour in a cup of water and stir. Put a piece of muslin over the jar and secure with a rubber band.
Every day for a week you will need to add one teaspoon of sugar and one of ginger and stir. You will see the plant become more active with little bubbles forming and it gets a little frothy on the top. The activity varies with temperature and time of year.
Make the drink as follows:-
After a week of feeding the plant I put 4 cups of raw sugar into my stainless steel bucket, add four cups of boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves. If you're using a plastic bucket, just mix it up in a saucepan and transfer when you add the water.
It really is very easy to make and we all enjoy it on a hot day. I make a double batch sometimes and just use a little less water so that it can fit into my bucket.
On Christmas day we will be enjoying ginger beer and pink fizzy rhubarb! Well the children will be! I think I may be enjoying a glass of another kind of bubbly.