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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Easy Homemade Italian Sausage with Kombucha

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Ingredients: 2 pounds fresh ground pork (up to 1/4 pound of additional pork fat can be added to the mix for more moistness, if desired) 1/4 cup extra-sour kombucha 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 tablespoon dried parsley 2 bay leaves 6 whole peppercorns 2 to 4 cloves garlic, minced (depending on your affinity for garlic)… 

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My Kids’ Favorite Frozen Cultured Treats

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From the Editor: Please welcome Julie Feickert, Cultures for Health Founder and Cultured Kitchen Keeper. Our kids are pretty restricted on what they are able to eat. I’ve learned over the last few years that two of my best investments have been an electric ice cream maker (the frozen bowl is kept in the freezer)… 

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The Folding Sourdough Proofer

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From the Editor: Please welcome Anita, CFH Customer Support Representative and Cultured Kitchen Keeper. I remember the day the Folding Proofer by Brod & Taylor arrived. It was so hot and humid on this Cape Cod summer day that we lost one of our chickens to heat stroke. At our house the chickens are pets… 

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Weekly Cultured Gathering: May 3

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Post your comment or link in this week’s cultured gathering!  We will get the ball rolling with these:  The Truth About Fermented Foods Pogi Kimchi (Traditional Napa Cabbage Kimchi)