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  • #5624 Reply
    Peggy
    Guest

    Have you considered offering a variety of small soybeans for making natto?

    #5634 Reply
    Sheridan Kennedy
    Keymaster

    Hi Peggy,

    there’s not a great calling for natto in Australia and so we’ve not been asked for small size soybeans. We would need to know there’s a market demand before we got our farmers to grow a crop. Do you know if the soy beans required are a different variety to other soybeans? And why do they have to be small – why can’t you use standard soy beans?

    Sheridan

    #5760 Reply
    Meg
    Guest

    I came to find this topic when I was looking for small soybeans for natto. We can still make natto with regular sized soybeans however small sizes soybeans taste much better and commercial natto is mostly made with small soybeans. I have many friends who have been looking for small soybeans for natto. Please consider to supply them!

    #5762 Reply
    Sheridan Kennedy
    Keymaster

    Hi Meg, thanks for letting us know. I’ll look into the small soybeans in more detail. So far I’ve not been able to work out if they’re a different species. Can you buy Australian grown small soybeans?

    #5764 Reply
    Meg
    Guest

    Hello, Sheridan. Thank you for reply. I have been trying to find one at store but all soybeans I found were bigger size than I wanted. Then I tried to find stockists or supplier who would be able to supply small batch but the only supplier I found was asking for minimum order to be 150kg. I don’t think I can find friends who can consume that much with me…
    I went to search about difference between big soybean and small soybean. Apparently they are same species and harvest times are same, too. They are just big or small (like strawberries). As we should choose right size of soybeans for its use, they get sifted and divided into big size, medium size, small size and very small size (at least in Japan). For natto use, small and very small size are popular.

    #5846 Reply
    Sheridan Kennedy
    Keymaster

    Hi Meg

    that’s very helpful. I will have a chat to the miller about how we grade our soybeans. There’s probably not enough of a demand to product retail packaging (the 500g size) but perhaps we could do larger bulk sizing. It’s worth looking into. Do you know “foodritual” on Instagram? He uses our normal size soy beans for his natto and tells me that the size of the beans doesn’t matter. Also, if you’re on Facebook check out “The Brew Life” facebook group where they discuss fermenting of all things.

    #5887 Reply
    Jerry
    Guest

    It’s interesting that there are people looking for small soybeans, too. I have been using normal size soybeans to make natto. The taste is bad as the taste and smell is too strong. It is good for people who like this smell, but not everyone. This is why the small soybeans are popular for making natto.

    #5912 Reply
    Egbert Halderman
    Guest

    Hi Meg,
    Can you give me the supplier with the minimum order 150kg.
    I have been searching a long time to find a supplier for small soybeans.

    #6596 Reply
    Shane
    Guest

    Yep, interest is growing in Oz with ferment culture. How does demand get started of not available? Catch 22

    #6597 Reply
    Shane
    Guest

    Yep, interest is growing in Oz with ferment culture. How does demand get started if not available? Catch 22 Same with high end rice cookers….

    #7610 Reply
    Lika
    Guest

    So many people are asking for this. Why is this so difficult to find? I can’t even source it from Japan. Even though I can buy the prepared product.The raw bean is very elusive for some reason.

    #7744 Reply
    Sheridan Kennedy
    Keymaster

    Hi Lika & Shane
    that’s interesting that these small beans are difficult to find even in Japan. The problem for us in providing small beans is that we don’t have a way to sort the smaller from the larger bean. I would think it was done by hand and eye traditionally. We use different machinery due to the volume of our product. We start with screenings where smaller sized things fall through the screen but the small beans are not small enough to be drafted off with this method. Then the beans move onto the gravity tables which works on weight and removes small stones and heavy things but even smaller mung beans have similar gravity.
    To invest in the right equipment, we’d want to have a good measure of demand. I suggest that you start asking your favourite retailers (usually the organic specialty shops) and tell others to start asking for it. I have flagged your interest to the product team. It also needs to come from the retailers/ manufacturers.

    #9011 Reply
    Kate
    Guest

    Just putting my hand up as another person in australia looking for small soy beans! I was on a youtube video and an american youtuber “natto dad” referred to them as laura soy beans.

    #9075 Reply
    Sheridan Kennedy
    Keymaster

    Hey Kate, thanks for letting us know they may go by another name. We’re asking those who manufacture with our beans if they would be interested in smaller beans.
    Thanks
    Sheridan

    #9227 Reply
    Daniela
    Guest

    Hi All, I am interested too in smaller size soy beans to make natto. We could easily spolit the 150kg if we get up to 10 people.

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