December 29, 2011

My Nukadoko on December 29/私のぬか床、12月29日

On December 29, my nukadoko looks like this:
Daikon leaves are nowhere to be found, cucumbers are very expensive these days, so I decided to freeze it tonight.

I transferred the nukadoko to one I-Wrap bag.
I then put the I-Wrap bag in another, and put it in the freezer.

Today, I did a major house cleaning (oo souji in Japanese). It's customary in Japan to do a major house cleaning around this time of year, just before the end of the year, to get ready for the New Year.

Tomorrow, I will start making some osechi ryori! To be more precise, I have already started to make simmered kuromame (black beans) in a thermos bottle tonight.


Fräulein Trude said...

I dropped the Nukadoko already: same reason - there are not enough interesting vegetables available during winter season. I will start a new one in spring. Freezing was no opportunity because there was no space left in the freezer. We will have a chinese hot pot the 31th, light some firework (bought today) at midnight and visit friends for a New Years BBQ later on (lucky it will be rather warm and cosy outside the first of January but is nice too if there is snow and open fire and lots of hot mullet wine).

Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: You mean you threw away all of your nukadoko?! Didn't you store some of it in the freezer to use it as a starter for the next pickling season?

Chinese hot pot, firework, BBQ, mullet (mulled?) wine,... I hope to learn how Germans celebrate the New Year!

muskratbyte said...

I'm still using my nukadoko, and pickling turnips and radishes. YUM!

Hiroyuki said...

muskratbyte: Are you? I hope to see your nukadoko in your blog some day!

Unknown said...

This is a very old thread so I apologize, but I really wanted to know what an I-wrap bag is. I found them on Amazon, but would I be able to find them in Canada? Could you describe what they are? Thanks Hiroyuki!

Hiroyuki said...

Judy Naito: They are just plastic bags shown in the photo. If you can't find them, why not simply use a Ziploc bag instead?

As I said somewhere, my first suggestion in making nukadoko is to start small.