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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Naturally Fermented Salsa

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This salsa tastes so fresh and delicious, you’ll never want to go back to salsa in a jar again.

Mishti Doi

Mishti Doi

Several months ago while reading our article for yogurts around the world, I noticed we didn’t have a recipe for the dessert called mishti doi. Mishti what?

Two Cheeses, One Day: Cottage Cheese

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I got to spend all of today hanging out with one of my favorite people, Jerrilynn! We got together to make traditional mozzarella. However, when she got here I realized that I had more milk than we needed, so we decided to make cottage cheese at the same time. Two pots of cheese in five… 

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Weekly Cultured Gathering: August 23

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Donna at Cultured Food Life has an interesting article called Kombucha – Healing My Addiction.  In it she goes through some of the symptoms she had after drinking certain types of pop and how Kombucha was the ultimate solution.  How about you?  Have you switched to fermented beverages for a carbonated and healthy alternative?