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The Magic of Miso

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Choosing and storing your miso:

It’s good to try different flavors, colors/brands of miso, as each has its own unique flavor. We most often use Cold Mountain’s “Mellow White Miso” which is created using a mixture of brown rice, organic soybeans and sea salt. It’s delicious, smooth, mild-tasting and an excellent addition to any salad dressing, vegetable sauté, sauce, or soup.

There are a couple of important things to check when picking the perfect miso:

1. No GMO soy. Read the label carefully to make sure you’re getting organic, GMO-free soybeans.
2. The miso should be unpasteurized. If you want the digestive and overall health benefits of the fermentation process, then the miso needs to be unpasteurized.
3. No added preservatives or MSG. Miso is flavorful and salty enough on its own.

Miso is often sold in tightly sealed plastic or glass containers, although some stores sell it in bulk containers as well. After you get your miso home, it’s best to store it in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container. If stored correctly miso can last for up to a year.

Finding the perfect miso for you really depends on what you plan to use it for. I find the subtler and smoother flavors of white miso most appropriate for dressings and light sauces. The darker colored misos can also be used in small amounts in these sauces and add some depth and intensity of flavor. I tend to use the darker misos for hearty vegetables and soups though, where their flavor will not overpower the dish. Whatever miso you choose there are a myriad of uses!

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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4:05PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

I really like that idea of using it to replace your morning coffee or tea. I can remember my mother drinking Bovril in the evening because the caffeine in coffee bothered her. This will be the new Bovril!

1:58PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

1:42PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

I love Miso but even 2 teaspoons a day gives me high blood pressure. It's such a bummer!

4:26AM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

always wondering how to use the various kinds of miso.
oh worth reading ingredients on instant/dried miso packets as they can include MSG nd bonito (fish) flakes.

10:59AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013


3:27PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Thank you Alisa, for Sharing this!

6:17PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Thanks. I've been wanting to try miso for it's health benefits.

5:04PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

Thanks heaps. My sushi shop just down the road sells Miso soup. It is sooooo very good. Hmm, gets up and starts to walk down to the sushi place. I think I'll have Miso soup for lunch. Thank you so very much! :D

11:58AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

i love miso! i was aware of the main kinds but didn't realize there were so many varieties. i found a chickpea miso once and loved it! i agree that miso has health benefits but i hate that it's so high in sodium.

10:29AM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Your article is a good miso guide... thanks.

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