koji@earthlink.net culturesgroup@earthlink.net www.culturesgroup.net facebook.com/groups/pickles/ https://www.instagram.com/culturesgroup/ https://www.meetup.com/culturesgroup/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/culturesgroup/ Ken Fornataro is an experienced chef, writer, pickle and koji maker. He is the Executive Chef/CEO of culturesgroup.net. Ken has authored 32 publications on science and research, primarily abstracts of research protocols for in vivo clinical trials. He is working on a book related to cooking, baking, pickling, and preserving with koji (麹) and other microbes. He is a student of or has cooked with or for Julia Child, Leo Romero, Michel Guerard, Marcella Hazan, Aveline and Michio Kushi, Paula Wolfert, Emeril LaGasse, Anthony Bourdain, William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi and many cooks from around the world and in his family who taught him traditional Japanese, French, Jewish, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Eastern European, Russian, Indian, and whole food cooking, preservation and fermentation techniques.

Maple Syrup and Smoked Pomegranate Kvass

Come and ask questions of two extremely skilled fermenters and cutting edge brewers, Chris Cuzme and Mary Izett. They create their brews at Fifth Hammer Brewing Company in Long Island City, where the event is taking place. Take a look at the menu! The Event is January 27th, 7 to …

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It occurred to us that we had not included kombucha in any of our descriptions for our upcoming event. See below for info about kombucha. We won’t have time to cover it, but kombucha is a tea fungus (yeast) starter. Eventbrite (Register at this link, or at the MeetUp link …

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Chocolate Koji Kvass (濁酒)

Recipe 150 grams rice koji 200 grams wheat berry or brown rice koji (or more rice koji) 300 grams heavily toasted cubed or ripped apart sourdough bread. Mix above ingredients and toast slowly in oven for two hours at 200F. Stir occasionally. Not burnt, but really brown for the bread. …

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Let’s Get Startered

Yeast starters and starter cultures that contain yeast – like the original koji for which the Chinese Kanji (麹) was created – sometimes also contain other types of bacteria, fungus and even other yeasts. Take, for example, sourdough starter. It’s easy to turn that into vinegar because there are already …

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Death by Sourdough Starter

Well. Register for the January 27th event!

Malted Grains, Koji and Rhizopus. Amazing tasty foods and brews. #Zymes2020:

Monday, Jan 27, 2020, 7:00 PM

Fifth Hammer Brewing Company
10-28 46th Ave Long Island City, NY

8 Members Attending

Alkaline and acidic ferments from vinegar to beer to miso to natto to sake to amino sauces that are easy to make and healthy for you. About this Event Most people know about the acidic ferments and foods like vinegar, sake, miso, soy sauce, miso, beer, yogurt, kefir and an amazing variety of pickles. We’ve almost finished a two year research projec…

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Chili with Koji and Beans

At tonight’s first #Zymes2020 event at Fifth Hammer Brewing we presented a chili made the typical way. A very small amount of ground beef was browned with onions, garlic, peppers, oregano, lime and other seasonings. It doesn’t matter what your actual chili base is for this if you decide to …

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Chkmeruli Chicken with black garlic and pickled garlic cream 1 1/2 lb or 25 ounces or 700 grams boneless chicken thighs 2 tsp sumac 1 tsp turmeric 1/8 to 1/4 tsp aleppo pepper 16 or 1 ounce or 28 grams fermented garlic cloves 6 cloves or 1/2 ounce or 14 …

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Mother Sauces

Classic French cooking has a long established tradition of using five sauces that pair with specific traditional ingredients. They are called mother sauces. If you were going to make a gratin of potatoes or macaroni and cheese, you would make a Béchamel sauce. If you added salt, pepper, nutmeg and …

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Walnut Amasake Bittersweet Chocolate Muffins

Baking with microbes Almost everything we bake, brew cook or ferment contains one or more microbes. Bacteria, yeasts, fungus and other fermented products that already contain microbes (like miso, milk kefir, and vinegar) work exceptionally well in and with baked goods. Even if you set aside the yeasts common in …

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Struffoli is a traditional Italian holiday sweet that has many names and different regional variations. My grandmother used to make a very simple, tasty, and crispy version by rolling out tiny balls of dough that were fried in light olive oil until golden brown. Then they were covered with honey …

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