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The first experimental miso this season is lupine miso. With the the skin still on, 4 hours of boiling and cooling overnight, they turned out pretty dark.

I used the standard recipe with rice koji, and now it will get a 2 year fermentation.

Friends have given me bean samples to test for making miso.

On the left is culinary lupines from France (I believe) from a tempeh maker in west Sweden, and on the right are small black beans and large ‘soy’ beans from a japanese friend. Last year I tried field beans, which is still fermenting.

This year I’m starting with a half a kilo of lupines soaking.

Students from Uppsala University were here for a field trip yesterday, from the CEMUS program for sustainable development.

The weather was very cold this year, so they had to work hard to keep warm, spreading compost on one of the crop circles.

They were 20 this time, and it was hard work for me to keep them busy. We had a very good time tho.

Yet another batch of barley miso. I’m making more than ever, because it already seems like I don’t have enough for this year. I should have made more 2 years ago.

I’m using the standard recipe, but the korn koji is a little different this time. I made it with some tane koji starter that was at least 30 years old. It seemed to grow fine but not as profusely as usual. I expect it will make a good miso tho.

The small jar is also an experiment. My wife was making some sourdough bread using caraway and fennel seeds for flavor, and I got the bright idea of adding some to the small amount of mix that was left. Lo and behold – caraway miso!

Or we will see 2 years from now.

It’s that time of year!

The two old apple trees get a good trimming.

The plum, cherry and others either don’t need it or get a trimming later.

As I’ve said before, I’m into eclectic pruning – anything goes as long as it looks good and opens the tree up to the wind and sunshine.

That goes for gardening also – anything goes as long as it looks good and is ecological.

Eclectic gardening or pragmaculture.

We’re back again this year to see stuff, buy plants and seeds and meet people. My favorite this year is this rolling green house.

I figure I’ll be needing bigger and more batches of ‘sweet’ miso for the near future.

Based on 1 kilo of soybeans, I’ve calculated that I’ll need 1.1 kilo rice koji and only 200 grams seasalt for a larger amount of 1 year miso.

After washing, soaking, cooking (4 hours), cooling and grinding the soybeans, then mixing in the koji, grinding some more, mixing in the salt and putting it into tight jars, it’s ready for a 1 year ferment.

It should be done in time for next years Uppsala Fermentation Day if we have one at the same time as this year. However, Kent, the grandmaster this year, is already talking about doing it again this fall in October. I’ll have plenty of miso, I’m sure, but I’ll have to make a big batch of 6 month miso for that event too.

After the overwhelming fermentation day in Uppsala, things are getting back to normal. One thing I learned was that i will need to make more koji and miso

Rice koji growing well.

More rice miso to ferment.

Some of our best competition!

Bergslagens Gronsaksforadling

There was a very good article (in swedish) in the local newspaper Uppsala Nya Tidning about the fermentation day;

https://mobil.unt.se/nyheter/uppsala/bakterier-hett-i-uppsala-just-nu-5231494.aspx

Good text and more pictures.