By Karina | June 9, 2008
I posted a couple of weeks ago about my search for ways to make my seltzer habit a little more sustainable. After everything y’all had to say, and a little more research on my end, I ended up purchasing the Soda Club Fountain Jet and boy do I love it! And not just because it arrived the week before this Very Hot Weekend we’ve just had, so I have plenty of delicious cold seltzer to drink while I’m sweating away in my apartment.
This is NOT the $250 model, so the soda bottles are plastic, and not glass. They do seem very durable and long lasting though, and they have an expiration date on them several years in advance, and can be recycled after they expire. They are a proprietary bottle because of the pressures they need to withstand, and they cost about $14 each – so while they’re pretty sturdy, I am reluctant to drag them around with me as I would a store-bought bottle of soda. I’ve been carefully bringing one to work with me, but for longer car trips I put the soda into a cleaned out glass kombucha bottle that I’ve had for a while now. It is a good temporary storage container for something fizzy.
Making the seltzer is pretty cool – you push down on the button on the top several times and carbon dioxide is injected into your bottle of cool water. You continue this until there is a large “buzzing” sound, and then you decide if you want super bubbly or just reasonably bubble – for reasonably bubbly stop now! for super bubbly keep going. There’s a how-to video here, which I had to refer to again because I was too impatient to wait for the buzzing sound so had to make myself watch the instructions a second time to make sure I was doing it right.
I need to call their customer service, because I ordered the seltzer package which is supposed to come with seltzer flavors, and I didn’t receive any. Strike that earlier – the seltzer flavors are marked as backordered on my packaging materials, so I guess they’ll get here when they get here!
The soda machine came with a package of sample soda mix flavors which I just don’t care for – they’re made with spenda, even the non-diet varieties (I imagine because sugar would be a much larger volume), and I have the dubious talent of being able to distinguish chemical sweeteners in anything I drink, which, coupled with not particularly caring for them, means I don’t like any of the soda mix flavors. But I also have a lot of great ideas of things to make and mix with the seltzer – for example: a ginger simple syrup would be amazing, and kind of like ginger ale! also I can make Shirley Temples galore with grenadine, or fancy fizzy lemonade with lemon juice and simple syrup. Here’s a neat recipe for Open Source Cola, which I am so curious and interested to try – there’s a lot of talk about how American coke is made from high fructose corn syrup while our neighbors to the north and south get soda sweetened with real live sugar. I’d love to make my own and see if there’s a difference.
All in all, I’m about ten-thousand percent satisfied with my new source for seltzer. I feel much better about not bringing home containers from the grocery (and then putting them outside for recycling). Plus, 1. the company is located in New Jersey, as am I, so I don’t feel at ALL bad about the shipping carbon footprint. even if I did live outside of NJ there is 1a. the one-time shipping cost definately way compensates for the many many bottles of seltzer I would bring home from the grocery each year. and 2. I don’t have an A/C, so I think that granting myself the luxury of cold cold seltzer instead is a-ok.
Any beat-the-heat luxuries you’re allowing yourself as we go to summer this ear?
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