HANDMADE AMAZAKE and SHIO-KOJI
About 甘酒 AMAZAKE
A sweet drink made from fermented rice. Amazake literally means “SWEET SAKE,” however it does not contain any alcohol or sweeteners. It is a natural beverage. Made from rice, water and koji(rice mold).
Amazake can be used as a dessert, snack, natural sweeting agent, dressing or smoothie.
I have used it in all of my handmade sweets for my little boy since he was 6 months old. He is almost 4 years old, but I think he still doesn't know the taste of white, processed sugar.
Amazake is very nutritious. It contains Vitamin B1, B2, B6, Folic acid, Dietary fiber, Oligosaccharide, Cysteine, Arginine and Glutamine. When you feel cold, tired, or can't sleep well it helps you to keep up. It is also great for helping breast feeding mothers nurse. It is also quite useful if you have a hangover.
Serve it hot or leave it in the fridge to cool and serve cold. I really like warm more than cold. It feels sweeter when it is warm than cold. I sometimes add a little bit grated ginger on top which is also very good, too.
About 塩麴 SHIO-KOJI
Japanese fermented liquid salt made from rice-malt - rice, koji(rice mold), sea salt.
Shio koji works wonders in any style of cooking.
It is a live food that is rich in enzymes and brings out the umami in foods. It can be used in place of salt in any dish or as an ingredient in sauces. The saltiness is mild and sweet. Using shio koji instead of salt will lower the overall salt content in your food. With shio koji you get the same salty flavor with less than 50% of the salt content.
I suggest to start by using it simply:
Dress raw vegetables with it for a quick pickle.
Pan-roasted chicken breasts that have been marinated with 1-2 teaspoons with shio koji overnight (least 3 hours before cooking), and it is umami-tastic. This is the best chicken I've ever had – it's delicious.
Oven-roasted fish that has been marinated with shio koji 3 hours before roasting.
Fried vegetables with shio koji and garlic is also one of my favorite dishes.
This week I had 12 orders, using local koji, organic rice and Japanese sea salt.
Once or twice in a month, I am making them, if you are interested, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amazake 500ml C$12 , Shio-koji 250ml C$10