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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What’s New at CFH: Save 20% on Kefir Starters & More New Recipes

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As we head toward the end of the week don’t miss out on the current sale.  Also, some delicious recipes, butter making, and much more round out this week’s recap.

Butter Magic, Part 2: Large Batch Butter Making

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Today we are going to talk about making butter in larger quantities. The jar method is fantastic for making a quarter to half a pound of butter. It’s my favorite way to make butter for a special dinner, or if I’m in a hurry and don’t want to wash my food processor. However, if I… 

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Instant Probiotic Smoothie

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Smoothies are a great vehicle for introducing all sorts of probiotic-rich foods into your meals. Most often this comes in the form of a cultured base like yogurt, kefir, or coconut milk kefir, all great, nutrient-dense foods that lend a probiotic punch. But what if you ate the last of your yogurt, haven’t cultured that… 

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Grilled Gluten-Free/Vegan Sourdough Pizza

Making a Gluten-Free Pizza

Hot summer nights are the perfect time for pizza. Fortunately, more pizza shops have gluten-free crust. But delivery is not as likely to be organic, sourdough, or customized to your family’s tastes! The cost can also add up. So how can you make a delicious, healthy dinner without turning on the oven? How about barbecue!