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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Third, Make Corn Miso

This miso is a very special miso for us. We use it not only with fresh seafood, especially shellfish and grilled vegetables, but also for several dishes we grew up on. These include gachas with rabbit or fresh bacon, polenta cakes fried in thick green olive oil and cloves of …

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Second, Mark the Steps

Making miso is like planning out the steps (choreography) for a performance. The steps don’t have to be elaborate. You just have to make sure that all the participants are ready and capable of doing them – and that some show hog like the ever present bacteria Bacillus subtilis doesn’t …

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Douchi and Hamma Natto

Most people know them as little, raisin looking salty and pungent black beans or fermented beans. They are also called douchi or taucho. They are typically made from soybeans, often black soybeans. You can also use the yellow soybeans but they will eventually turn black anyway. There are also different …

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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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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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Miso Power

The beginnings of a miso. Through a choreographed interaction between yeasts, bacteria and fungus – typically referred to as fermentation – this mash up of koji and the hearts of hemp seeds becomes an all purpose probiotic rich seasoning agent. Some claim miso has therapeutic effects, so they never add …

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Koji Fest 2019

February is very special for two reasons, besides the fact there are two exciting Meetups you have to attend, one in Long Island City at Fifth Hammer Brewing of the group NYCferments, the other our first collaborative event with http://www.apexart.com in Manhattan. It’s the first of a series called Koji …

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