- All traditionally fermented Japanese miso is prepared by cooking the finest organically grown ingredients (whole soya beans and cereal grains) and combining them with a koji culture (grains or soya beans inoculated with Aspergillus oryzae mould spores) sea salt and water
- Then naturally aged in cedarwood kegs over many months at ambient temperature the enzymes from the koji, along with naturally occurring yeasts and bacteria, gradually break down the complex grains and beans into readily digestible amino acids, fatty acids and simple sugars
- How salty is miso?
Salt plays an integral part in many fermented and pickled foods
- The resulting miso has rich and complex flavours and an abundance of digestive enzymes, an excellent food for strengthening digestion
- Miso contains enough salt to successfully control the fermentation, with the actual amount varying from 5% for lighter varieties up to 12% for stronger, darker varieties.??Miso is a concentrated seasoning with considerable flavouring ability, so there is no need to use a lot of it
- However, other health and nutritional properties, as well as the flavour of miso, are left unaltered by cooking, and some recipes suggest cooking miso to develop the flavour of other ingredients in the dish
- What is miso?
Miso is a traditional fermented Japanese staple food and seasoning made from different types of grains but mainly soya and a unique koji fermentation culture.
During the 18 years Clearspring's founder Christopher Dawson lived in Japan he became an expert on miso quality, and the Clearspring range is his selection of the finest traditionally made Japanese miso
- When substituting miso for salt, add approximately one to two teaspoons of miso for one quarter of a teaspoon of salt
- How should miso be stored?
Generally, the best way to store miso to maintain its freshness, its health properties and quality is in a cool cupboard or refrigerator
- However, it really depends on climatic conditions and personal preference
- This way salt intake can be lowered and full benefit gained from the flavour and nutrition of miso.??Are Clearspring soya foods non GM?
Organic certification does not allow genetic modification, so all Clearspring organic foods are therefore certified non GM.??With its non-organic foods, Clearspring is careful to only trade products where there is a declaration from the supplier that all the ingredients are non GM.
What are the different varieties of miso?
Like with French wine or Belgian beers, miso comes in numerous varieties, each with its own unique taste, colour and texture, and each reflecting the local culture, crops and growing conditions of different regions of Japan.??While sweet miso with lower soya content, less salt and more koji is popular in the south of Japan while darker miso, often call aka or red miso, contains more soya and less grain koji, and traditionally comes from the northern part of Japan.??Clearspring range of miso includes the best of each type of miso, both dark and light, as well as pure soya bean and grain based varieties:
Should miso be cooked?
Unpasteurised miso contains an abundance of live enzymes that can be destroyed through prolonged cooking
- ??High temperatures will encourage further fermentation, which although not harmful, will darken the colour and alter the flavour of the miso as well as possibly leading to a build-up of pressure within the packaging
- It acts as a check to the fermentation process, creating foods with optimum nutrition but preventing them from spoiling
- To maximise the enzymatic benefits of miso, choose an unpasteurised variety (or freeze-dried miso soup) and select recipes where miso is added towards the end of cooking.
Freeze-dried miso (whole soya beans, rice, sea salt) (89%), dried green onion, wakame sea vegetable (4%)
Clearspring Brand Promise:
Organic/premium quality Japanese and European foods skillfully prepared by artisan and professional producers.
Prepared according to authentic, traditional recipes and our own original recipes developed for present day market needs.
100% vegetarian/vegan foods and ingredients.
Wholesome, easy-to-prepare, great tasting daily foods for optimum nutrition.
No artificial additives, MSG, colourings, preservatives or refined sugars.
Ethically sourced foods which support producer communities.
Made using environmentally sustainable and non-GM ingredients.
Good foods to be enjoyed globally.
The Clearspring goal is to get organic food back on the dining table, so that you can enjoy the same quality of foods as your grandparents did. By developing the demand for organic foods and encouraging the cultivation of organic crops by farmers today, we can ensure that your grandchildren, too, can enjoy the great taste of good food.?
You will find that each of our food products has a distinct flavour and quality that comes from using the finest quality ingredients and respecting local food traditions.