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This whole week has been a time of preparation to get ready for the big Christmas market at Wik Castle. It’s our first time this year, so it will be interesting to find out how good it is compared to our usual Fyris Market. At Wik we will be indoors, so that will be an improvement.

We are making small pumpkin pies.

Apple cakes with saffron,

My latest invention – pumpkin pie spiced with saffron.

Along with a big load of miso, fermented vegetables and pumpkins, we have plenty of stuff to sell.

This time I cooked a kilo of chickpeas for 4 hours.

And made this along with rice koji and salt.

And here’s some I made 2 years ago. Ready for the market.

This week – another batch of 2 year rice miso.

The weather is cold again, so I picked all the decent cabbage and made a big batch of sauerkraut.

This week – a bunch of rye miso.

Standard recipe, 2 year fermentaion.

When you have herb miso.

Just take slice of bread – any bread will do – here it’s rye crisp or hard tack. Spread a little butter or such on it ever so lightly. Then top it with a wee portion of herb miso.

Crunch – you have a mouthful of tasty umame!

My contribution to the world of miso (I presume). I’ve never heard of a miso with herbs added before fermentation.

I use my standard recipe for rice miso, then add a deciliter each of thyme, oregano, basil and 5 or 6 cloves of garlic.

One of the jars of chunky style kimchi broke. We weren’t home when it happened, so we don’t know if it was an explosion, pop or just broke due to pressure building up.

When we got home, the kitchen floor was all wet and there was a bit of a mess to clean up. 4 liters of kimchi gone. It didn’t look like an explosion. It must have been a flaw in the glass jar that broke under pressure.

Some people have heard about or maybe experienced explosions and asked me about this problem. I’ve never had an explosion, but two times jars have broken under pressure. My recommendation is to be carefull handling the jars so that they don’t bang or click together. Another thing I heard is to slightly open the lid of the jars to let the pressure gases out and not let air in once a day during the first week.

Good luck!

A few weeks ago we made some kimchi where the ingredients were finely shredded and packed like sauerkraut. This time we made it chunky style with coarsely chopped vegetables.

And this time packed into jars (not pounded) and covered with a 3% brine.

I think I’ll need some sweet white miso for a possible fermentation festival in march in Uppsala next year. So I made some.

1 kilo soybeans (China eco), 1,2 kilos rice koji and 200 grams seasalt.

That’s less salt and more koji making the fermentation go much faster.

Usually I leave it to ferment for 6 months, but 5 will be fine too.

It’s tasty and sweeter, but you need more to get a good saltiness and umame strength. It doesn’t hold as long either.