Organic Brown Rice Koji Powder, 2.47 oz
Rice koji, generally called malted rice, breaks down proteins and starch into sugar and amino acids, and because of this, it can extract the sweetness from any ingredient while tenderizing it at the same time. Made with organically grown rice, Marukura’s Organic Brown Rice Koji Powder not only helps you make shio koji (fermented salty rice seasoning) and amazake (a non-alcoholic fermented rice drink), it can also be used directly for marinating meat, fish, and vegetables or even mixed into baked items. Since it’s made of brown rice, it contains more nutrition, such as vitamin E and fiber, when compared to white rice. It also has more active enzymes than the rice koji from other brands because it is made without a boiling pasteurization step. What’s more amazing is that this rice koji comes in powdered form! This allows you to use the product much more easily than regular rice koji. Also, amazake made with this powdered rice koji exhibits a smoother texture without rice chunks. No additives are used.
Made by pulverizing dried rice koji, this powdered type of rice koji is much easier to use than regular rice koji. Not only can you make shio koji and amazake with less cooking time, but it can also be used as a seasoning, as it extracts the sweetness and savoriness of each ingredient by harnessing the power of fermentation. Try marinating meat, fish, and vegetables, or just adding it to soup. If you are a steak lover, season the meat with this rice koji powder and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before grilling it. Since the koji breaks up the proteins a bit, you don’t have to pound the meat to tenderize it! Also, the product is mildly sweet, so you can mix it into batter for cakes, pancakes, and cookies to add natural sweetness.