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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обедающий

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

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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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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Beans

Miso selections

Beans Rules As we go along each post will present a single concept or idea. But we do request you read these posts, and comment or ask questions! No one knows everything. In fact few people really know anything useful other than the answers to your questions. So ask ! …

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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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Nixtamalized, Sprouted, Popped, and Maillarded Corn Jiang

Corn with A.sojae

First we sprouted some of our favorite popcorn. Not that popcorn makes great edible sprouts, but it starts the process of making the corn more digestible, tasty, and nutritious. The smell and flavor of corn pops! It makes the miso taste like an ear of buttered, grilled corn. With benefits. …

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