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Homemade Gochujang vs. Store Bought Gochujang

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Final stage of fermenting homemade hot pepper paste

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Homemade gochujang (left) Store-bought gochujang (right)

Can you tell the difference in the photo? It’s interesting to note that homemade tastes SO much better than store-bought. It tastes less processed, you know what’s in the ingredients, and you appreciate it more because you “babied” it for two months! You know what I mean!

I ended up using coarse red pepper flakes because that’s what I bought; however, the next batch to come will be made with fine red pepper powder. The end result is totally FANTASTIC! Yes, it’s worth all that so I will definitely be making gochujang (고추장) again! :D

The recipe is here.

4 Comments:

  1. Kasnojo Poland My profile page joined 4/13
    Posted August 8th, 2013 at 6:06 am | # |

    In Poland we can’t do it at home and I am very sad about it but fortunately we can buy it:)
    gochujang

    • oksipak California My profile page joined 1/11
      Posted August 8th, 2013 at 10:13 pm | # |

      Hey Kasnojo,

      I still have some home-made Gochujang left – I have to tell you it tastes better as it ages and I’ll be very sad when it runs out, but thank goodness for Korean grocery stores! :D

      • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
        Posted August 9th, 2013 at 11:23 am | # |

        Make it again before it runs out. Whenever I take some of my homemade gochujang to add to my dish, I always taste it first and keep saying to myself, “umm, good umm, good” : ) Amazing thing is that I found that gochujang can be well fermented in an apartment. I put my gochujang hangari (earthenware jar) right near the window.

  2. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted March 25th, 2013 at 9:46 pm | # |

    I’m so excited to see your gochujang photos! You babied it for a few months, so it should be delicious. Thank you for showing the comparison between store-bought gochujang and your homemade gochujang. Yes, the texture and flavor are very different. Homemade gochujang has deeper flavor and better aftertaste.


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