Turn those juicy, sweet summer cherries into a fun bubbly fermented soda filled with nourishing probiotics!
There is nothing like these beautiful, sweet cherries right off the tree. Our area is known nationwide for the cherries – and they just burst with flavor.
This year we froze and ate fresh the majority of the cherries. The frozen ones make for great soaked oatmeal or smoothie add-ins on busy mornings, and stir into yogurt too! I did manage to swipe enough for cherry pie though 😉
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- 5 cups pitted cherries
- 1 cup organic pure cane sugar (I get this brand at Costco)
- 7 cups of water
- 2 TB almond extract
- ½ cup whey (Just scoop a container of plain whole yogurt into a dishtowel, tie it up onto a cupboard door and let it drip into a jar - the liquid dripped off is probiotic rich whey! The leftover yogurt in the towel is like Greek yogurt or cream cheese - yum! If you are dairy free you can use water kefir grains or a ginger bug.)
- Put the cherries, sugar, and water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer about 15-20 minutes.
- Squish the cherries in the pot (I use a potato masher), and pour the cherry sugar water through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl.
- Add the almond extract and whey to the cherry sugar water in the bowl and stir. Pour the soda mixture into flip top bottles and set in a warm area of your home.
- After a couple days you can open a bottle to check for taste and let the fermented gasses out so it doesn't build up too much. Fermentation can take anywhere from 2 days to a week. Move the bottles to the fridge once they are ready.
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