Culturing in a Small Town

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Living near a city means I have the ability to pop in to any number of natural food stores. Within 20 minutes of my house I have Trader Joes, Whole Foods, 2 very large Asian markets, 2 large natural grocery stores and a handful of smaller natural food stores. I also have two farmer’s markets that continue all year and countless summer farmers markets. Obviously, obtaining a variety of organic, or even biodynamic, whole foods is no trouble.  Small towns on the other hand can be an entirely different story…. 

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Sarah

Sarah

I live in Oregon with my 4 kids. I hop between my kitchen and sewing room. As the daughter of a ranch-girl turned County Extension Agent, I really believe that with enough ingenuity and know-how, anything can be made. I try to keep some cultured vegetables and condiments on hand, as well as a robust supply of yogurt. What really excites me though is finding old ways of culturing foods from around the world and making it work in my life. “I wonder” is a phrase I utter a lot, and can make my kids nervous! I love to learn and share what I’ve discovered.

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Chickpea Miso

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One of my favorite condiments is miso. It’s creamy, salty, nutty and has that rich umami that is so satisfying. It’s also incredibly versatile The process for making miso is fairly simple. It’s waiting to taste it that is hard! Here is a simple, no-soy version that anyone can make at home.

Obtain a bag of rice koji , your favorite beans, some seaweed and salt. You’ll also need some fresh, raw miso from the store or a previous batch. And of course, a recipe!… 

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Sarah

Sarah

I live in Oregon with my 4 kids. I hop between my kitchen and sewing room. As the daughter of a ranch-girl turned County Extension Agent, I really believe that with enough ingenuity and know-how, anything can be made. I try to keep some cultured vegetables and condiments on hand, as well as a robust supply of yogurt. What really excites me though is finding old ways of culturing foods from around the world and making it work in my life. “I wonder” is a phrase I utter a lot, and can make my kids nervous! I love to learn and share what I’ve discovered.

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Amazake

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When the winter cold sets in, I start to crave something warm, creamy and sweet. Amazake makes me feel cozy and festive, and it’s cultured! It also couldn’t be easier to make.

You will need Koji rice, some uncooked rice, and a warm incubation spot. I used my dehydrator, but many of the methods for incubating tempeh will also work if you turn up the heat a bit more…. 

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Sarah

Sarah

I live in Oregon with my 4 kids. I hop between my kitchen and sewing room. As the daughter of a ranch-girl turned County Extension Agent, I really believe that with enough ingenuity and know-how, anything can be made. I try to keep some cultured vegetables and condiments on hand, as well as a robust supply of yogurt. What really excites me though is finding old ways of culturing foods from around the world and making it work in my life. “I wonder” is a phrase I utter a lot, and can make my kids nervous! I love to learn and share what I’ve discovered.

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Using a Seedling Mat for Tempeh and Natto

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Temperature is important for any ferment. Soy ferments are no different. Tempeh needs to be kept warm, but common fermenting appliances available in the US don’t work well. Yogurt makers are far too hot. A cube dehydrator or folding proofer work very well. However, beginners may not want to invest in a new piece of equipment.

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Sarah

Sarah

I live in Oregon with my 4 kids. I hop between my kitchen and sewing room. As the daughter of a ranch-girl turned County Extension Agent, I really believe that with enough ingenuity and know-how, anything can be made. I try to keep some cultured vegetables and condiments on hand, as well as a robust supply of yogurt. What really excites me though is finding old ways of culturing foods from around the world and making it work in my life. “I wonder” is a phrase I utter a lot, and can make my kids nervous! I love to learn and share what I’ve discovered.

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