Making Koji, Malting

Making shio-koji Shio A fermentable sugar is something that a yeast or bacteria uses as an energy source. Grains (cereals) such as barley or millet or rice have a lot of starch. To be useful they have to be broken down into smaller pieces called simple sugars. Filamentous fungus are …

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The Name of the Rose

Today is my birthday and I have a few things to say. Mostly everything I want to convey on this year’s birthday – September 15th – has all been said before in Nina Simone’s song “Feelin Good” At least the attitude part. The semiotics or foodways start of a new …

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Microbes Eat Corn

Corn Shoyu – Recipe 10 cups/2200 grams steamed yellow grits corn koji (A. sojae) 2 cups/300 grams kosher salt 2 1/2 cups/425 grams ground corn masa koji 2 cups /500 grams water 3 cups/550 grams corn masa, toasted 2 cups/275 grams dark brown roasted corn 1 cup 120F water Keep …

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 25, 2019– Release of Ferment.Works new book. culturesgroup’s Ken Fornataro discusses and gives recipes for a country style sake called doboroku, vinegar, and a quick amasake. He also discusses the sake industry in the US. Best-selling fermentation authors Kirsten and Christopher Shockey explore a whole new realm of …

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Talking Shih, Recipe and Event Update

At the event at Resobox in the East Village you will experience: how to make miso (味噌) how to make shio-koji (塩糀) how to make misodama (味噌玉) how to make takikomi gohan (味噌炊き込みご飯) how to make kimchi base for fast kimchi (because summer is coming!) The point of all these …

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Koji Essentials for Busy People

You’ll see demonstrations of how to make miso (味噌) how to make shio-koji (塩糀) how to make takikomi gohan how to make misodama (味噌玉) how to make a refrigerated kimchi base You’ll learn how to prepare things to use with these things – like a hundred zucchini you can’t deal …

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Mushrooms and Koji

#KojiFest2019 is an ongoing series of events hosted by culturesgroup (https://www.instagram.com/culturesgroup/). Expect to learn, ask questions, and taste and enjoy. April 13th at RESOBOX on East 3rd Street in New York City. A multi course tasting event with three wild sages and experienced microbe wranglers. #kojifest2019 #veganevent  Wild Greens Pkhali …

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KojiFest 2019 – Spring

Koji Fest 2019 is an ongoing series of events hosted by culturesgroup (https://www.instagram.com/culturesgroup/). Expect to learn, ask questions, and taste and enjoy. The events focus on methods and examples of how koji and other microbes are used throughout the world in many cuisines to elevate the taste and nutritional benefits …

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Kojifiles

Today’s presentation and kick off of KojiFest 2019 was off the charts.  Yoshiko san’s 9 year old miso was deep. The hatcho miso tasted like chocolate and bourbon and dark maple syrup if it was made from soybean trees (no, soybeans don’t grow on trees). Stunning. Maki san was evangelizing. …

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