Everything you ever wanted to know about koji rice! What is koji, you ask? Koji is a mold. The next obvious question: Why make your rice moldy on purpose? Because koji is the first step in making sake, soy sauce, and miso—all kinds of deliciousness.
The common soybean if there is such a thing, considering the number of present varieties needs no introduction. Everyone knows the useful crop, is a milk and meat substitute and yields an oil which is utilized in a wide range of chemical processes.
Via the New England Cheese Making Company's blog comes a fabulous post on using mesophilic culture to inoculate your kimchi. Bonus: A handy tip on making drain tubes to vent gas and circulate liquid in your jars.