Osechi Ryori 5: Kuromame (Black Beans)/御節(おせち)料理5:黒豆

Japanese Food

I also made kuromame (black beans).

Usually, it takes 2-3 hours to simmer kuromame. I simmered mine in an easy way, using a thermos bottle.

250 g (approx. 2 cups = 400 ml) kuromame
1,200 ml water
300 g sugar
Small amount of salt
2 tbsp soy sauce

Rinse kuromame, put them in a thermos bottle. Boil water and add to the thermos bottle, add sugar, salt, and soy sauce. Let stand for 12 hours. Transfer to a pot and simmer on low heat for 30 min.


黒豆 250 g(約2カップ=400 ml)
水 1,200 ml
砂糖 300 g
塩 少量
しょう油 大さじ2


12 hours later, I checked the beans, and found they were still rather tough. So, I decided to boil the liquid and “simmer” in the thermos bottle for more time.

Eight hours later, the beans were still rather tough. I gave up the thermos bottle method, and simmered in a pot for 30 min.

Much less sweet than the store-bought kind. I personally liked them.

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