blog

Flavouring Milk Kefir with a 2nd Ferment

Mellow out the tang of your milk kefir and add extra flavour with a 2nd Fermentation

 

Subscribe For My Newsletter Updates

Join 1000+ readers for exclusive food fermenting tips delivered straight to your inbox

it's FREE!
100% privacy guaranteed
by Jody Gowans in Milk Kefir
March 20, 2017

 enhancing the FLAVOUR of MILK KEFIR with a 2nd fermentation

 You are likely now able to find both plain and flavoured milk kefir in the dairy section of your local grocery store.  While it’s is great to see fermented food options like milk kefir becoming more available, there are some points to consider.  Store-bought milk kefir can be costly and contain a lower diversity of probiotics (to facilitate quality control in mass production).  What is most concerning is the high sugar content of the flavoured versions (between 26-29 grams/serving- that’s over 6 teaspoons!).

look at the sugar content!

look at the sugar content!

If you have access to homemade milk kefir and are interested in adding flavour but don’t want the added expense and high sugar content, it’s as easy as doing a second fermentation.  This simple technique mellows out the tang, adds extra probiotics and unlimited healthy flavour options.

HOW TO SECOND FERMENT MILK KEFIR

milk-kefir-2f-ideas-2

Some of my favourite milk kefir flavourings- I love lots of spice and fruit

  1. Make the kefir as usual (click here for reference)
  2. Place finished kefir in a glass bowl or jar
  3. Add your desired flavouring
  4. Cover with plastic wrap or lid.  Leave at room temperature for 1-6 hours. (a longer time period might cause the whey to separate a little.  If this happens, just give the the contents a stir to reincorporate it)
  5. Store in the refrigerator.  I leave the fruit, spices or tea bags in the kefir to max out flavour!

FLAVOUR IDEAS

2 of my favourite flavours: blueberry and chai tea

2 of my favourite flavours: blueberry and chai tea

  • Chai tea : add 1-2 decaffeinated chai tea bags/litre
  • Lemon:  lemon peel or slices
  • Orange: orange rind or slices
  • Vanilla: 1 whole vanilla bean (slit down the middle to release seeds)
  • Creamsicle: orange + vanilla bean
  • Berry: (fresh or frozen)

Be creative!  There is no limit to the possible flavour combinations!  Feel free to share your ideas, I’d love to hear what you come up with!

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

Subscribe For My Newsletter Updates

Join 1000+ readers for exclusive food fermenting tips delivered straight to your inbox

it's FREE!
100% privacy guaranteed