As a follow up to my post, “Is Carbonation Good or Bad?” I want to tell you about the SodaStream home soda maker. Tired of lugging home, storing and recycling cases of heavy seltzer bottles, I thought I would give one a try.
Tall and sleek, it fits nicely on my countertop and under the overhead cabinets. I had heard that they are easy to use and they really are! Once you set up the carbonator in the drinksmaker, you simply fill the carbonating bottle with cold water (I use filtered water.), screw it in to the carbonator, press the button on top three times (4 for more carbonation) and seconds later you have delicious seltzer water. If you want flavored seltzer or soda, you add the flavoring afterwards. Just slowly pour it into the tilted soda bottle, close and gently shake. I tried the cola flavoring and the lemon line. Both were good – the cola flavoring tasted just like coke. While I avoid foods with artificial flavorings, I was glad to know they are made without high-fructose corn syrup or aspartame.
I noticed that the fizziness stays for a couple of days, though you’ll definitely finish the bottle of seltzer long before it goes flat. Another plus, the carbonator bottles never need washing, only a quick rinse with warm water, if that.
When the carbonator is empty, you can take it to any participating retailer where they will sell you a full one for the price of the gas contents only. Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, the Bon-Ton family of stores, Crate and Barrel, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Staples, Sur La Table, Target, Wal-Mart, and Williams-Sonoma are some national retailers that carry exchange carbonators.
I try not to clutter my kitchen with extraneous gadgets, but SodaStream I highly recommend. It’s practical, simple-to-use, no-fuss and good for the environment – no energy is wasted by transporting billions of gallons of soda and seltzer every day, nor are there empty bottles thrown into the landfill. Give one a try – Starter kits start at $129.00 and include a home soda maker, 1 reusable BPA-free carbonating bottle with fizz-preserving cap, 1 60L CO2 carbonator which makes up to 60 liters or 50 cans, and a sodamix taste sampler with 6 flavors (they have over 50!)
As their marketing materials say, “it just makes good sense”. It really does.