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18 month mexijang and roasted porcini miso

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Microbes, Koji, Ferments – Meeting ID: 812 4792 9598

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Microbes, Koji, Ferments, 2

6:00 PM EST to 9:00 PM EST
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9:00 PM EST to 11:30 PM EST
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Microbes, Koji, Ferments につ


Microbes, Koji, Ferments – Meeting ID: 812 4792 9598

2:00 PM EST to 6:00 PM EST


Microbes, Koji, Ferments, 2

6:00 PM EST to 9:00 PM EST
Meeting ID: 812 4792 9598

Cultivos y Fermentos

9:00 PM EST to 11:30 PM EST
Meeting ID: 833 1798 7281



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Zymes 2020 – May 23, 2020


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SESSION 1 – Microbes, Koji, Ferments – Meeting ID: 812 4792 9598

2:00 PM EST to 6:00 PM EST

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6:00 PM EST to 9:00 PM EST

SESSION 3 Cultivos y FermentosMeeting ID: 833 1798 7281

9:00 PM EST to 11:30 PM EST

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Functional Miso Butter



Getting miso into your daily routine is pretty easy. You should try to do that. It’s really tasty. It actually does help in your overall digestion. Miso can also replace some very high sodium seasoning pastes and cubes, while adding more flavor and no chemicals.

Miso aids in digestion. It may have other beneficial effects on the human body as well. Pre-digesting complex starches into simpler sugars certainly does.

Foods that work like that are called functional foods. If you are going for those benefits, it’s recommended that you never boil anything with miso. If you are adding it to soup, make sure the broth is under 140F when you add it.

Or add it last minute to your favorite mac and cheese when it’s not super hot. If you add it to a salad dressing you get all the taste and health benefits without the worry of destroying any beneficial enzymes and probiotic bacteria and yeasts.

In fact, you can marinate all types of things in it, increasing the flavor and upping the nutritional benefits while reducing any residual toxins. Add it chilled, or at room temperature.

We make miso dressings that are kept in the refrigerator for years while they develop more layers of flavor. We also actually often find them stashed away somewhere years later.

In this case, however, we were going for both flavor and functionality. We used a readily availble sweet white miso. We make ours. We have lots of videos and more to come on bhow you can make misos as well – from almost anything.

It’s easy to buy miso though, although it can be really expensive for the good stuff.

This recipe is so easy and so versatile. The flavor combination with the cultured butter gives it a savory caramel taste.Don’t want to use butter? Use tahini or nut butter.

And get all your five tastes – or more – in what you eat. Balance your food tastes, balance your energy!


Recipe
  • 1 TB or 1 ounce or 32 grams of miso (Sweet white, sweet red, baked corn miso)
  • 5 TB or 3 ounces or 85 grams unsalted, cultured butter

Toast with miso butter. Compound butter for chicken kiev. See the next post for a really cool way we used our compound miso butter!


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Mushroom and Dried Shrimp Kimchi


We used Alex’s dried Hen of the Woods mushrooms, and some dried red shrimp we always have on hand to make my favorite kimchi. The technique is pretty well described in the video class on fermenting using the kimchi technique below.

We are assuming you watched the previous short intro video to treating cabbage for kimchi.


  • 1 Medium sized green, leafy nappa cabbage or about 1 1/2 pounds to 2 1/2 pounds
  • 2/3 cup or 20 grams dried red shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons or 5 grams pan roasted black peppercorns
  • 5 to 8 cloves garlic cloves or 36 grams
  • 1/2 cup or 50 grams coarse salt for pre-treating cabbage
  • 1 cup Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, soaked briefly in the juice of the cabbage (see video)
  • 2 tsp coarse sea salt

Chef Ken Fornataro demonstrating the kimchi technique, applicable to hundreds of other types of pickles.

You could use red pepper flakes if you like. You could also omit the shrimp and use fish sauce, or even a little soy sauce with another mushroom. You could even use candied ginger if you can’t get any fresh ginger. It’s excellent!

But this is absolutely my favorite combination of ingredients, especially with the delicate young ginger and roasted black peppercorns. Ready in seven days, too.

It will leak out of the jar without a container underneath it. Make sure the bowl or whatever you use to catch the spill over is as clean as the jar so you can put the juice right back in and rinse off the jar and bowl. Great way to catch the bacteria and yeasts you want in your kimchi.

Also, this gives off very much less strong odors that a full on fermented shrimp and hot pepper based kimchi. on’t worry, we’ll post some unique recipes for that type as well.



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Super Powers – Rice Koji with R.oryzae and A.oryzae


An in depth discussion of how to grow koji on fragrant long grain rice using a combination of A.oryzae and R. oryzae cultures or spores from these filamentous fungi.

In the coming weeks we will be publishing quite a few recipes that use this super enzyme charged rice! Using this you can both preserve and extend and improve the life and quality of what you eat.

Perfectly Steamed Rice Yearning for Spores

Kojify All the Things with All The Spores!


A discussion of all the things you can make koji on. With All The Spores.

Make koji using A oryzae, or combined Rhizopus oryzae and A.oryzae for koji or tempeh. Also, intro to make koji on green coffee, chocolate, toasted rice, rice flakes, soy grits, corn bran and more.


Quick Box Koji



Powdered Rice Koji. It’s a thing. A Smart Thing.

  • 5 pound bag of parboiled rice
  • 1 tsp Aspergillus oryzae

We had a leftover, heavy cardboard box that was the perfect size for making rice koji in. We took a 5 pound bag of parboiled rice and rice it off very well. We then put it in a preheated 350F oven in a stainless steel container. The rice was well wrapped with foil to prevent dryness or steam escape.

As soon as we put the rice in the oven we turned it off and let the rice sit undisturbed for 12 hours. It easily fluffed up and was cooked but not at all mushy. We then added a teaspoon of Aspergillus oryzae (tane koji spores) and grew the koji out on the rice. We then made 3 different types of miso from the koji.