The consumption of soda in the US hit 9 billion cases in 2011, with sales topping $28 billion USD…that’s a lot of Coke and Pepsi. With budgets tightening at homes across the country, yet a desire to still enjoy a fizzy drink, and a push to recycle the billions of aluminum cans and plastic bottles to keep them out of landfill, millions of people are learning how to make soda at home.
We used to make Italian sodas, but our kids found the less sweet taste and lack of carbonated water in Italian soda didn’t go over well. Also, most of the syrups for Italian sodas sold in the US are imported and not certified Kosher, so we were not able to purchase many of the Italian soda syrups. Our effort to make soda at home changed when we discovered Sodastream at a demonstration booth while shopping at Costco, and discovered how to make soda at home.
Now, we are able to make our favorite soda drinks in the comfort of home, and at a fraction of the cost of a 12 pack of soda in cans or a 2 liter bottle, plus no additional CRV cost.
Now, With Sodastream, making soda at home is as simple as 1) Fill, 2) Pour and 3) Shake.
You simply fill the 1 liter bottle, which comes with the soda maker, with cold tap water or bottled water, to the fill line. Then attach the bottle to the dispenser and press the button 3 times to fill the bottle with sufficient amount of carbonation.
Remove the bottle from the dispenser and then add your favorite Sodastream syrup, to make your favorite soda or fizzy water.
Attach the cap and give the bottle a few shakes to mix the syrup, and that’s it.
Now you know how to make soda at home, for a fraction of the price for store bought soda or fuzzy water.
While this home soda maker is relatively new to the US market, this technology has been used in Israel for over 30 years. The makers of Sodastream first introduced the process of making soda at home to Europe and eventually here to the US.
The kit comes with a dispenser that adds carbonation to regular tap water or bottled water, a 1 liter bottle that can be reused many times, a 60 L carbonation canister and several sample syrups.
Making Italian soda can be a bit of trial and error to get the right mixture of carbonated water to syrup, so the fizzy drink is not too watery or has too much of a syrup taste.
With Sodastream there is no trial and error. The 1 liter soda bottle has a fill line so you know exactly how much water to use, and the syrup mixes have a fill line on the cap so you know exactly how much syrup to add, so you get the perfect taste for your drink every time.
The Sodastream syrups do not contain high fructose corn syrup, which is low-cost sugar substitute found in most soft drinks and processed foods that is linked to some danger health issues, including obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. While sugar and sugar substitutes in large amount are not good for you, due to the low cost of corn syrup, it is found in most soft drinks.
The Diet Sodastream syrups are sweetened with Spenda, a sugar derivative and do not contain aspartame.
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