Do you remember ginger beer plants?
When I was a kid, everyone made their own ginger beer. We all grew used to hearing a sudden bang as a bottle top shot out of the bottle, in the pantry or under the stairs.
They died out though because when people made the ginger beer after a week, there was no-one left to give half of the plant to!
Now ginger beer is popular again, so why not make your own for a few pence, using fresh ingredients instead of paying a lot for chemical copies?
ginger-beerIt’s not really a plant. I don’t know why it’s called that. Maybe it’s because it grows every day.
First, make the Wild Yeast Culture.
You don’t need to buy yeast as there’s enough natural yeast in the air to do this.

Eight sultanas.
Juice & peeled pulp of two lemons
Four heaped teasps sugar, preferably dark sugar
Two heaped teasps ground ginger.
Combine all the ingredients.
Add 3/4pint water.
Place in a sterilised jar and cover it with a cloth so that the natural yeast in the air can help it to come alive..
EVERY DAY FOR 7 DAYS
Feed it with two heaped teasps sugar and two heaped tsps ground ginger.
After a few days it will start to bubble. Then you’ll know that it’s alive-alive-oh!
DAY 8
In a large saucepan, dissolve 700g (1 1/2lb) sugar in 1 litre of water. Bring it to the boil.
Turn off the heat and add 250ml (9fl oz) lemon juice and a further 7 litres (15 pints) cold water.
Stir in the yeast plant.
The water will be cool enough not to kill it.
Strain the liquid through a cotton cloth. Gather the ends together and twist them gently until just the dry plant is left in the cloth.
Split the residue in two and place in two jars. Add 2tsps of sugar and 2tsps ginger to each jar.
Give one to your neighbour.
The jars will be OK in the fridge for several weeks, until you’re ready to start another batch.
Pour the strained ginger-beer into clean bottles with screw-on tops, not corks!
Leave them somewhere cool, standing upright for at least two weeks to clear and mature.
This makes about 22 bottles of ginger beer.

There are of course different variations of this recipe. The sugar that you use will vary the taste. Some of them use bought yeast.
But, like making sourdough, why buy it when you can make it?

So why is my online magazine like a ginger beer plant?
Because it needs feeding every day!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.