We love our SodaStream. We really do. My husband was addicted to soda when we first were married. I’d known that he was a fan of sugary drinks, but never realized how much he depended on soda, or pop as he called it. We’d grab up the store brand 3-liter drinks and he’d run through them in a matter of days. Once we both decided to eat healthier, the soda left the house. He actually ended up losing 20 pounds right off the bat, just by giving up some of his food vices, including soda. Recently, we’d decided to give SodaStream a try, since he still misses having a bubbly drink from time to time, and I’m a seltzer lover. After pricing out the cost (with a rebate), and the savings we would have from using it, I saw right away that the syrups were the real money pit. Not only are they not as healthy as you may think (take a look at the ingredients), they are so expensive! Paying 4 to 6 dollars per bottle can really add up, and that’s not something that I’d like to add to our 64 dollar grocery budget. I decided to find a new way to use syrups that wouldn’t break the bank.
I’ve googled SodaStream syrup recipes quite a few times, but have only seen mentions of moving from buying the SodaStream syrups to buying other syrups in their place, like Torani. This doesn’t create a big enough savings for our family. Then it hit me: juice concentrates. You know, those cute tubes located in the freezer section of your supermarket. They are concentrated enough to use with the SodaStream, and they are inexpensive. You can also keep it healthier by choosing to purchase 100% juice concentrates.
Here are some tips I’ve learned from using the concentrates instead of SodaStream syrup recipes:
- The darker the better. We’ve had great luck with grape juice and pomegranate juice concentrates. For some reason, the light the juice, the lighter the taste in the SodaStream bottle. You could add more syrup to intensify the taste, but that would defeat the purpose of using the syrups to save money.
- Lemonade concentrates don’t fair as well. Like I mentioned above, lighter syrups don’t work as well, and this includes the lemonade concentrates.
- Use the SodaStream bottle cap to measure. We use 4 capfuls per bottle, but use however much you would like. At 4 capfuls, you’ll be able to stretch that 2 dollar concentrate.
- Place the concentrate in a glass container once opened. This is key. Not only is it easier to spill all of your concentrate if you leave it in the plastic container, but it may have a chance to attract other odors or flavors from various items in the fridge. Place your concentrate in a mason jar or any other glass container you may have.
- Defrost the concentrate. This should be a given, but I’ll list it anyway. Make sure the concentrate is fully defrosted before you use it. Safely defrost it in the fridge. When we see that one concentrate is almost gone, we grab another one from the freezer, and let it defrost overnight.