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Miso is fermented. It is nothing like any bean concoction, purée, or hummus I've ever had. I believe a whole lot of transformation must occur during the year-long fermentation process. My thoughts: if salt and soy sauce are added to a bean purée it will taste like a salty or soy sauce-y bean thing and not miso.

It's hard for me to imagine that miso can't be found where you live. Hmm... Asian restaurants usually have miso soups. Big chain supermarkets usually have miso but apparently they don't where you live. Sigh.

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10/7/15 12:51 A

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I'm not sure if bean paste would be a good substitute. Miso mostly tastes salty, so probably more soy sauce would help get the flavour you want (they're both fermented soy bean, after all). Most bean pastes I'm aware of are spicy, which miso is definitely not.

Granted, you could make something spicy if you wanted. Recipes are mostly suggestions, imo.

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Do you think bean paste would be a good substitute for miso? I made a recipe for carrot pate that kind of fell flat on taste. I assume it was because I can't get miso. I added garlic and soy sauce but no one would eat it but me because it was so bland.

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10/1/15 2:29 P

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BROCCOLI SALAD WITH MISO SESAME DRESSING:

OMG! This was delicious! I added brown rice and edamame to make it an entree. Also added pieces of rotisserie chicken for my non-vegetarian family. We will be eating this again really soon.


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10/1/15 11:36 A

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I love miso, too! It is my only comfort food. I would love to make it myself. The one year fermentation time seems insurmountable. I have only seen it sold in the refrigerated section of markets. Although salt is a necessity to make miso, some manufacturers use way more than others. Also, the organic and GMO status of the soybeans is something else to look out for. There are many varieties of miso. For me, my mood determines what sounds good. Something always does.

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I love miso! I drink it and use it just as I use chicken stock. My favorite way is to just have a cup of hot miso (1 cup of hot water and 1 tsp or so of miso). I find it very satisfying between meals!

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emoticon this is what I use my miso for. I usually use brown rice and whatever veggies we have on hand.

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What do you use it for? I have a tub of mellow white miso in my fridge but no idea what to do with it.

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9/27/15 9:50 P

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In principle, miso doesn't have to be refrigerated until it's open so sometimes it's kept on the shelf in an ethnic food section (usually near nori, wakame, wasabi and other Japanese ingredients). Asian grocery stores are also a pretty safe bet usually (unless it's a strictly Chinese store).

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I have seen in a grocery store...where there is a health food section in the refrigerator

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9/22/15 4:28 P

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Thank you all for your replies!
I guess I'll have to check out Whole Foods again. I went there for the first time last year and the prices scared me, so I haven't been back. I think there is an Asian (Chinese) store in a nearby town, so I'm going to go there soon. At least I can get some better buys on tofu and tamari sauce there.

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My Asian grocery does not carry miso but I get great buys on dried mushrooms, limes and onions. The onions are a dollar cheaper a pound than any of the other stores.

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They are right! Asian Grocers will have it for the best price. Asian grocers have lots of things for better prices than your regular grocery store. Dried beans, dried mushrooms, soy sauce, lots of sauces, rice noodles, etc. So it is to your advantage to try to find one in your general area. White miso is what most people buy. It is the most mild. I keep red in my fridge too. It doesn't go bad so no need to worry.

Oh. They have sea weeds too.. Much cheaper!!! Kombu (kelp) for cooking with beans to prevent flatulance, wakame, just to put in miso soup, (just a pinch.. It expands when hydrated.) Nori sheets for veggie sushi rolls.

There are Asian Chinese Grocers and Asian Indian Grocers.. Both are wealths of good inexpensive spices, beans, and specialty items!!! Shop these stores..

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Miso paste... can check in the refrigerated section near the tofu (miso paste may be in a little "tub"). Also at "health" food stores.

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Whole Foods has it near the meat alternatives (near the produce, not the frozen ones). I've had no luck finding it in regular grocery stores. Asian specialty markets will probably have it too.

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Where in the grocery store can I find miso? There are so many recipes I want to try that call for miso, but all I have found is miso soup in my local stores.

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