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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Weekly Cultured Gathering: April 5

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Last week Colleen said, “Lacto-fermented radishes and kombucha. I always have kombucha going because I love it so much. This is my first try with the radishes and they seem a little too salty but I’ll eat them anyway.”

What’s New at CFH: Save 10% on Yogurt Makers & 5 New Cheesemaking Articles

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Every week we’re going to bring you the best of the week in posts from right here at the CFH blog, news you can use from the CFH site, and new recipes and products you might be interested in. This week you can save 10% on Yogurt Makers.

My (new) Favorite Piece of Vegetable Fermentation Equipment

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I’m a simple, back-to-basics kind of gal, especially when it comes to fermenting vegetables. From the get-go, I have always fermented in canning jars with zero extra equipment. Pints, quarts, half-gallons, all of them have held a traditionally pickled vegetable in one form or another. In the five plus years that I have been doing… 

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Lacto-fermented Olive Oil Mayonnaise

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Many people love mayonnaise on sandwiches, in salads, and as a delicious condiment to freshly steamed vegetables. But most commercial mayonnaise is made with processed vegetable oils. Using an unrefined olive oil is a great alternative. To preserve the mayonnaise for better keeping and add enzymes, try this lacto-fermented recipe.