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  • It’s a 2 year rice miso, standard recipe (1 kilo each of soybeans and rice koji and 460 grams seasalt), in a 5 liter fermentation jar with plenty of room at the top for expansion.
  • ‘I should have made more 2 years ago.’ I’ve said that so many times. Now I’ve sold so much miso that it looks like I won’t have enough for this summers markets. And we are already planning for a new Fermentation Day in october. I am making more koji and miso now, but it won’t be ready in time, so I’ll have to make a couple more batches of 6 month miso to supplement the supply.

    I’ll also make a 6 month miso with barley koji in june for the december markets.

    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.

    Tofu is great in miso soup. Almost a must. You can also make a tofu pickle. Just put tofu pieces in a jar of miso.

    A day or two is good enough. Then wipe or rinse off and eat.

    I put in some radish halves too.

    This week – another batch of 2 year rice miso.

    Another sign of autumn.

    Rice miso. The first batch of miso this season.

    My last batch of rice koji started to go gooey, so I spread it out in the wooden trays instead of the terracotta forms in order to air it out and dry it more. I don’t know why it went wrong, but I believe it’s because I mixed kinds of rice from 2 different sources and of differing quality. I noticed already after steaming that it looked off.

    I succeeded it seems. After 2 days the smell and the taste were fine, and altho it didn’t look like it should, I put it out to dry and will use it later for a batch of miso.

    Actually it’s 100% miso, of course.

    But I only had 800 grams rice koji left from last years production, so that’s 80% from my standard recipe for 2 year miso, which is:

    • 1 kilo soybeans
    • 1 kilo koji
    • 460 grams seasalt

    So this time it was 800 grams each of beans and koji, 370 grams salt and put into a 4 liter jar.

    I got some broad beans from a fermentation friend last fall to try out for making miso, so for the first miso of this year I’ll make some.

    They came peeled and dryed.

    The cooking time is much shorter than for soybeans, and I cooked them a little too long and managed to turn it into a slurry.

    No problem! I mix in the standard amount of rice koji and salt…

    grind it a bit, put it into jars, let it ferment 2 years, and hope the flavors develop satisfactorily.

    The broad bean (or fava bean, or åkerböna) has a high protein content, almost as good as in soybean. The most important factor is that it is very easy to grow in this northern climate, while the soybean is almost imposible. Now if the flavor is good that’s great, but I will undoubtedly continue to make traditional soybean miso.

    Many years ago I successfully made pea miso using local peas, but the flavor was not good enough, so I don’t make it any more. I still make good chickpea miso, but the chickpeas are imported, and I would like to make a miso with local ingredients as far as possible.

    It appears that I will be needing more miso for 2 years from now. I have quite a lot of rice koji left, so amid the digging and the holiday rush, I had better make a couple more batches. 


    As you may notice, I couldn’t get any swedish grown soybeans this time. The grower has been having trouble with the soybean crop a couple of years now. So, organic beans from China will have to do. 

    The miso will be just as good.