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ISO a sourdough mom

I live conveniently close to Ken's, I'll look into it and report back. Thanks for the tip!

Nov 30, 2011
jondue in Metro Portland

brown rice koji

Pretty sure I have seen koji at the Alberta Coop and People's Coop.

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You can order starter cultures from this place: http://www.gemcultures.com/soy_cultur...
I have not done this myself, but it's on my list of things to do soon.

Nov 22, 2011
jondue in Metro Portland

ISO a sourdough mom

Heyo

Does anyone in fair Portlandia have a sourdough mother they wouldn't mind sharing about 10-12 oz of? I could get my own started, but I would rather not wait.

Cheers :)

Nov 22, 2011
jondue in Metro Portland

How do I tell if my dried shrimp are spoiled?

Ah yes, AMMONIA! That is the smell for sure. Consider them chucked.

Thanks!

Nov 21, 2011
jondue in General Topics

How do I tell if my dried shrimp are spoiled?

I have never used dried shrimp before.

About a month ago I bought a package of dried shrimp that I found in the refrigerated section of my local Asian grocery. I did not see that it said "keep refrigerated" on the package until a few days ago. Since these are dried shrimp in a sealed package, I figured they would probably be ok. I opened the package today, the shrimp look fine but smell extremely pungent. I assumed there would be a strong fishy smell, but these have a smell that I can only describe as alcoholic; very strong and sharp.

My instincts tell me "do not eat." I am wondering if this is maybe just how they smell. Comparing it to shrimp paste, the smell is similar, but the dried shrimp leave me with much more of a kicked-in-the-face feeling when I smell it.

I suppose I could go buy another package of shrimps, but where's the fun in that :)

Nov 21, 2011
jondue in General Topics