Sake Gumi

Carrot Shochu Pickles

By Steven Sharafian I spend a fair amount of time making tsukemono (pickles). I focus mostly on quick-pickles that only take a couple of minutes to prep and have a short curing period. This seemed to flow into the idea of pairing carrots with...

MOTOism

MOTOism: Gari (Pickled Ginger)

At Japanese restaurants, sushi is usually served alongside with gari (pickled ginger). Why? It's a nice way to cleanse your palate so that you can enjoy each piece of fish, without mixing the flavors in your mouth. These pickled gingers are widely...

The Ume Project: Umeboshi Finale

PREFACE The Ume Project: Foraging The Ume Project: Pickling for Umeboshi The Ume Project: Umeshu (Plum Liqueur) The Ume Project: The Aka-Shiso Edition Since July, Yoko and I have been working on umeboshi (pickled plums) with Sylvan of Peko Peko, a Japanese...

The Ume Project: The Aka-Shiso Edition

This post is rather late, for which I apologize. Er, about a month late. SORRY! Where has all the time gone? How is it already mid-September? I look outside and the leaves are turning color. The light gives off a deeper glow. It is dark...

ReCPY

Battle ReCPY: The NYC Umeboshi Project

After seeing the Ume Project on the west coast, I was intrigued. I like umeboshi (pickled plums) and every time I go home to Japan, I bring back my mother's homemade ones. After all, I am from Wakayama, where Japan's best umeboshi is made....

The Ume Project: Pickling for Umeboshi

After our Berkeley backyard ume foraging adventure, Yoko, Sylvan (of Peko Peko) and I met up six days later to start pickling our umeboshi (pickled plum). Hooray! Umeboshi is the rice accompaniment of choice in Japan--the image of the sour little...

Traditional Japanese Pickling (Nuka-Zuke)

Traditionally every Japanese household pickled vegetables in Nuka (rice bran). The translation doesn't cut it too well. Rice Bran is too pretty. It's should be called rice shells in powder form. Nowadays, you can buy nuka pickled vegetables at grocery stores, so more and more people have stopped pickling their...