DanielleD's comments

"Oh thanks for the reply! I think I just didn’t dry them enough but they’re okay now. I didn’t have to throw them away. I dried them longer and when they were dried enough, left them to sit on a wire rack over hay. They’re looking much better. The black mould kind of died off as it dried more and the hay really helped develop the white mould better. The only thing is that the colour of the blocks is darker than the ones in the pictures but I think it should still be ok. They’re fermenting in the box with the hay and blanket now and I’ll hang them up again in a week or so. I’m hoping all goes well the rest of the way~!"
in Fermented soybean paste (Doenjang) — Apr/21

"Thank you for the reply! Yes, I started in winter where I live which starts late November usually. My attempts were in late November and December. I also used some soup bags on each but I should have put them on as soon as the blocks were not too sticky. ㅠㅠ My third attempt was in early February. I used the soup bags again but this time the mould is different. It's like a fluffy grey, brown, green, and some white dots. I think I should garbage it again. ㅠㅠ Attached is the worst of the 3. Only this one has the dots but the other 2 have the fluffy grey and brown mould with a little bit of green mould. It's still a cold these days so maybe I can try one more time before the weather becomes warmer again. Anyway, thank you for the recipe~ Even if it didn't work out for me, it looks like a lot of people made some lovely 된장. c:"
in Fermented soybean paste (Doenjang) — Feb/21

"I've tried to make it twice and both times flies lay eggs in my meju. ㅠㅠ The first time in Nov I didn't wrap them for the first couple weeks because the recipe didn't call for it. Then I wrapped the three in 1 net that ended up tearing and had a whole in it so all the meju were invaded by flies. The second time in Dec, I gave each a soup bag as they hung. But apparently as they were drying before hanging, the flies laid their eggs. ㅠㅠ So 2/3 were unusable because of the eggs. Attached is a picture of one of them that was cracked open by some squirrels. I had hung it outside to try to salvage some part of it but it's a lost cause. ㅎㅎ It looks like a bee hive of eggs. Does anyone have some advice about how to dry them well while protecting them from the flies? They are fragile when they are freshly formed and they need to be turned over too. When they were hanging, the smell was so nice so I really want to make nice 된장. ㅠㅠ"
in Fermented soybean paste (Doenjang) — Feb/21

"Hello! My meju has been hanging for one week and has lots of white and green fungi growing. But I noticed after day two, some fruit flies were around so I put it by an open window on a cold day to force the flies out and then covered it in cheesecloth and folded and clipped the ends with bulldog clips so the flies can’t enter. But the last two times I opened the cheesecloth to check the blocks, a fly flew out. ㅠㅠ I guess they hid very well. ㅠㅠ Should I just toss it and start over? I’m worried they’re laying eggs and pooping in my meju. ㅠㅠ Thank you for your time!"
in Fermented soybean paste (Doenjang) — Nov/20