Lesson 2: wtf is shrub??

Hey all!

 

Today is yet another day of chores that I’ve fallen behind on over the holidays, I hope you had a relaxing one. This is that odd time of year between Christmas and New Years where we look back on the year and do some reflecting to see how we could have done things differently, more importantly, what we would like to accomplish in the New Year.

 

Woohoo, 2019!

 

We plan on selling our condo and locating some land this year, around 10 acres or so. We keep checking all of the real estate sites regularly to find that perfect homesteading land that just screams “get out here and cultivate me, you wannabe homesteaders!”. There are some contenders so far but nothing that knocks our socks off.Β I also have a jean quilt kicking around that I’ve been messing around with for a number of months that I would like to complete this coming year.

That’s about it for “New Year’s Resolutions”…I sincerely loathe that term lol

 

 

Anywho, to the question of the day —wtf is shrub AKA fruit vinegar??

 

An amazing fermented beverage that is super easy to make! It only requires 3 ingredients and about 2 days of fermenting in the fridge. Quite a bit easier than making kombucha if you’re looking for something that you can make quickly to try out a fermented drink for the first time πŸ™‚

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This is freshly crushed clementines and a few mint leaves

 

 

The first time I made shrub it was out of raspberries and mint…oh boy, that was a good flavour! When I opened up the jar after allowing it to ferment in the fridge for a couple days, my kitchen was enveloped by the smell of Jolly Ranchers —of all things! lol The raspberry really shone through and made a super tasty drink.

 

 

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You can clearly see the layers that you can use as a reference for the 1:1:1 ratio, I used a little too much apple cider vinegar. Won’t hurt the shrub though πŸ™‚

 

Shrub is much the same as kombucha, as it’s very good for digestion and gut health. The apple cider vinegar helps to detoxify the liver, helps improve insulin sensitivity and maintain an alkaline blood pH, just to name a few. Some people choose to drink a shot of apple cider vinegar every day, but I figure if you can actually make it something that tastes delicious and hydrates you at the same time instead —win, win, right?

 

 

Shrub

Prepare yourselves for the easiest recipe ever!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Smashed up fruit, your choice πŸ™‚ Fresh or frozen is fine, if using frozen fruit, warm it up and smash it with a fork or potato masher or ass end of a cup if you want

Raw Liquid Honey

Optional: experiment with different fresh herbs

 

To prepare the shrub use a 1:1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar, smashed up fruit, and raw honey. Give it a good shake in a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. Place it in the fridge for 2 days then strain out the fruit and keep the liquid. Refrigerate the liquid and use as a water flavouring.

My personal favourite is using about 1-3 tbsp of shrub in a glass and pour in sparkling spring water! Ohhh it’s yummy, but don’t just take my word for it, give it a try!

Some of my favourite combinations are peaches and ginger —I call it Peachy Keen or raspberry and mint —Raspberry Punch πŸ™‚

 

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This is the shrub all shaken up and ready to go into the fridge for a couple of days.

 

 

Short and sweet post today! As always, let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by! Happy Fermenting ❀

 

Light and Love,

 

jaz xo

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