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Traditional Kuromame for Japan new year

This way is more traditional version. It takes 4-7 days and difficult. There is an another easy way to cook.

Ingredients

  • Kuromame: about 200g
  • Sugar: about 350g
  • Rusty iron nail or Reducing agent

Directions

<1st day>

Soak soy been with water for one day. (on 12/20)

<2nd day>

Simmer soy been until they become soft. I simmered for 6 hours with small lid directly, I use a kitchen paper, sometime add water, then let it cool down over night. (on 12/21 9:00-15:00)Kuromame2017-1

Simmer: on the high heat until boiling, then on the law heat.Kuromame2017-2

<3rd day>(all day on 12/22)

Soak 2 in the water for 3 hours, in this step, pour water little by little from top of the kitchen paper. Then simmer again more one hours and cool down pouring water again.Kuromame2017-3

Simmer: on the high heat until boilin, then on the law heat. (same 2nd day)

Make a syrup. Put water (600cc) and sugar (250g) into a sauce pan, simmer on the law heat until sugar melt, then cool it down too.

Once both become cool, drain off the water from Kuromame, and soak it in syrup.

<4th day>

Drain off the syrup, and simmer syrup adding more 50g sugar for several minutes, then cool it down. And soak Kuromame in this syrup. (on 12/23)Kuromame2017-4

<5th day>

Repeat 4th day step. Add more 50g sugar and soak. (on 12/24)

<6th day>

Complete! Best before 1-2weeks with cold storage. Keep it with syrup.Kuromame2017-5

Postscript

Skin of Kuromame is very soft ans breakeable. So it is very difficult to simmer for a long time. I failed this time, I forget to add the water when simmering for 6 hours. Rusty nail or reducing agent are used for more black. So if you cannot ready those items, please don’t mind. I can get a reducing agent form a drugstore, but I used rusty iron nails (exactly iron hinges). These nails or hinges can get more cheap from a DIY store. If you use these items, wash well, and soak a little salt water for 1-2 days, “rusty” is important.Rusty nail

 

 

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