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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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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Making Koji, Malting

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 a specific type …

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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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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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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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