How to Make Homemade Koji

Koji is a cereal grain (like rice or barley) that has been inoculated with the mold Aspergillus oryzae. As this mold (whose family members include molds that form on bread …

White (Sweet) Miso

Miso is an umami-rich paste made by mixing beans (historically, soybeans), salt, and koji, a grain (usually rice) which has been inoculated and fermented with a mold, Aspergillus oryzae. The flavor and …

Chiles in Escabeche

Escabeche has a fascinating history. The word originally comes from the Persian al-sikbaj, literally meaning “vinegar food”. After mingling with the Spanish, it eventually became part of the Spanish and …

All About Kombucha

What is kombucha? Kombucha (kahm-BOO-chuh) is a fermented tea drink that probably originated in ancient China over two thousand years ago. The active culture which transforms the tea into kombucha is …

Pickled Carrot Sticks

This may be the easiest fermented veggie recipe. It’s a great way to get kids started on both making and consuming fermented vegetables! It’s simplest to cut the carrots into …

High-Alcohol Water Kefir

Under the right conditions, you can coax the tibicos (aka water kefir grains) to create a high-gravity (higher alcohol than normal) version of water kefir. There are now several commercial …

Red Miso (Akamiso)

Miso is a bean paste made by mixing beans (soybeans traditionally), salt, and koji, a grain (usually rice) which has been inoculated and fermented with a mold, Aspergillus Oryzae. The flavor and …