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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Finding Real Sourdough: Am I a Purist?

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Blue Cheese and Walnut Kefir Dip

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