Accidental Experiments in Milk Kefir Second Fermentation

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Many of the most innovative things have happened by accident, and the cultured kitchen is no exception. I often accidentally stumble upon something that changes the course of what we eat or how we eat or what our current favorite dish is. This week my space cadet tendencies reminded me of the revelation that is a second fermentation of milk kefir.

I’ve actually done this before and written about a second fermentation of milk kefir here on the main CFH site. I had forgotten about it and really only done it a few times as we just consumed the kefir too fast to buy the time to do it.

But one day I left one quart of kefir out on accident. It sat at room temperature with a tight-fitting lid for about 8-12 hours. A second quart of milk kefir went into cold storage. When I served cups of kefir up at breakfast there was a marked difference in the flavor of this kefir from our usual batches.

My family loved it and there was a marked difference between this kefir and the one that had not undergone the second fermentation.

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Grain-Free Pancakes with Cultured Dairy

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These pancakes have a tendency to get dark rather quickly, so it helps to cook on a lower heat than normal. If are using unblanched almond flour, soak the almond flour overnight in the cultured dairy and add the remaining ingredients in the morning.

Warm Caramel Deliciousness

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This isn’t exactly a cultured product. And it’s definitely not a cheese. But it is warm, sweet, AMAZING in coffee, and perfect for fall. Have you guessed yet? It’s cojita…a caramel sauce/candy made from fresh milk that is a wonderful treat for your family and friends. It takes a while (toss in a load of… 

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A Closer Look: Paneer & Queso Blanco Cheese Making Kit

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Kits are a great way to get started with something new without having to figure out all the details.  This kit provides what you need to get started making Paneer and Queso Blanco, “…if you have nothing, are absolutely new to the world of cheesemaking and don’t know the first thing about buying any of… 

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Weekly Recap – October 18th Edition

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It’s time for the weekly recap.  Leave your favorite links or ideas in the comments below!