In this article, I will explain What Is Miso And How To Use It! If you like Japanese food, you will need miso in your life!
Miso tastes salty, sweet, and has an umami flavor. This umami flavor forms the base of a lot of everyday Japanese cooking
Soy products are widely produced from genetically modified (GM) soybeans. Make sure you buy only organic miso. The label will also indicate if the miso is gluten-free.
So, What Is Miso?
It’s a fermented Japanese soy food made using the special koji fermentation culture and different types of grains.
Miso means ‘fermented beans’ in Japanese. In Japan, people begin their day with a bowl of miso soup, believed to stimulate digestion and energize the body. A traditional ingredient in Japanese and Chinese diets, miso paste is made from fermented soybeans and grains and contains millions of beneficial bacteria. There are hundreds of different types of miso and different versions are linked with regional cuisines, identities, and flavors.
How Do You Use It?
You have probably eaten/heard of miso soup. That’s the most popular way of using miso.
I like to use miso in a lot of my recipes.
Note – miso is quite salty, so when I use miso, I do not add additional salt to my dishes. Basically, miso can also act as a seasoning to your food.
I like to use miso in my:
I found that miso pairs really well with tahini, also, when you are making vegan cheese, it works really well in providing the saltiness in your vegan cheese.
Miso is also used in ice creams! You might think it’s weird, but it actually works, especially if you are an adventurous foodie!
Health Benefits Of Miso
Miso is rich in essential minerals and a good source of various B vitamins, vitamins E, K, and folic acid. As a fermented food, miso provides the gut with beneficial bacteria. Good gut health is known to be linked to our overall mental and physical wellness.
Miso acts like a digestive tonic, and once established in the intestine, the acid-loving bacteria found in abundance in unpasteurized miso promote health and stamina.
Beneficial bacteria found in the small intestine are also effective in fighting conditions such as constipation, yeast infections (candidiasis), and lactose intolerance. New research is also beginning to suggest that some friendly bacteria strains may combat more serious diseases such as coronary heart disease and cancer.
Miso is a nourishing, high-energy whole food that can help maintain health and vitality. Centuries of Japanese folklore and recent scientific studies have both shown that miso is a powerful health food and a concentrated source of essential nutrients.
Different Types Of Miso
1. Saikyo – a white miso
2.Awasemiso – is a blend of white and red miso
3.Shiromiso – is a light yellow or brown miso
4.Shinshu – is yellow miso, is saltier than any other varieties
5.Akamiso – is red miso, and it has quite a strong flavor
6.Mugimiso – is brown miso with sweet notes
7.Genmai – another brown miso, similar to Mugimiso
8.Hatchomiso – is dark brown miso. It’s made purely with soybeans. it has a smoky flavor.
So, this was my guide to miso, I hope I have convinced you to try miso.
I use it regularly in my kitchen, and I absolutely love its taste and health benefits. I recommend you get some miso now!
If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to drop a comment below!