Archive for February, 2013

Chicken Soup

Making chicken soup is very easy and is a good way to make use of the bones from deboning chicken wings, drumettes, thighs or legs. All you need is some celery and carrots and some basil, oregano and salt. This recipe calls for about a lb. of chicken bones – from approximately 5 lbs of chicken thighs or drumettes. The amount of bones you will get will vary and you can adjust the amounts of bones and vegetables more or less, but this recipe will give you a general idea.

Expect the cooking time to be around 3 to 4 hours. You can tell when it’s done when the meat has fallen off the bones. Use a pair of tongs to remove the bones from the soup before serving. ... Read More

Homemade Natto

Natto is a Japanese fermented soy dish that can be made very easily from cooked soybeans. In order to make natto at home you will need a couple of things. First, you will have to obtain some cultured natto bacillus (Natto Kin) to add to some cooked soybeans. Simply obtain some frozen natto from an Asian market. The frozen natto will contain the live culture that you can use to innoculate your batch.

The second thing you will need is a thermostatically controlled device like a warming drawer or crock pot which can be set to 104°F – 105°F and will maintain a steady temperature for 24 hours to allow the live culture grow and reproduce so the natto will ferment properly.

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