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 As soon as Toya and the others were out in the garden, Natsuki and the others moved into the kitchen to start making miso.

"Haruka, do you know what kind of miso is?

What kind of miso, white miso or red miso?

No, I mean rice miso, barley miso and bean miso.

Oh, I've heard of them. The ingredients are different, aren't they? Rice miso is rice and soybeans, barley miso is barley and soybeans, and soybean miso is just ...... soybeans?

Yes, that's basically right.

 In fact, in addition to this, you need koji mold and salt.

"......? Wait a minute. So you could make barley miso and bean miso without rice?

 I'm sure you'll be able to figure out how to do it.

I don't know. I'm not sure if koji mold could be cultivated from wheat or beans. ......

"Oh, that's right. You need koji mold.

We could have done it if we tried, but we had an inspirational source.

 It was not as good as the real thing, but it gave a similar taste.

 If it wasn't for that, Haruka and the others would have made an effort out of their dissatisfaction with the food, but since they were satisfied with the food, they shelved the research on koji, which could have wasted cost and time.

"Right. So you're making rice miso this time?

It could be, but I'm thinking of using our family's miso as the base this time.

Natsuki's place is different?

Yes. We use equal amounts of rice and wheat to make koji. We use half the amount of soybeans as rice and wheat. It's a little less.

"Oh, really? I don't know much about the normal way.

More than half of the koji is used in most cases, right? The taste will vary depending on the amount of koji you put in, so try making several different kinds in small amounts.

How much will you make?

For now, we have 20 kilos of rice and wheat soaked in water. Haruka and Mitya, can you take care of the wheat?


Mary and I will take care of the rice. ...... Please help us.

Yes. I'm sure you'll be able to help me with the rice. ...... I can just steam it in the steamer, right?

 There is no way that four of us can steam 100 kilos each.

 There's no way we can steam it all at once, so we each get a steamer and start steaming as much as we can fit in the pot - about two kilos.

How long does it take to steam, Natsuki?
Natsuki, how long does it take? When you try it, steam it until there is no core.
Okay. That's right, they are different sizes.

 The wheat one is almost the same as the one Natsuki knows, but the rice one is too big as it is, so it is cut into quarters. Past experience does not help much.

 He waited for a while, tasting the rice from time to time.

This should be fine. Please spread them out in this wooden box.

 With that, Natsuki took out from his magic bag a thin wooden box about the size of a large tray.

 More than a hundred of them piled up on the table.

...... When did you get these made, Natsuki?

It was after we returned to Rafan, after we got the rice. I knew I would need it.

 I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one who's a bit surprised.
 It's quite a thorough preparation.

After spreading it out on the wooden box, while the next one is steaming, I'll mix in the koji mold. Normally, I would measure the temperature properly, but with ...... this koji mold, it should be at a temperature you can touch with your hands without any problem. Sprinkle a pinch or so and stir well.

"I'm looking forward to the delicious rice!

 It's a great way to make sure you're getting the most out of your time and money.

"Mee, you have to mix it well. You don't want to waste your precious rice.

It's okay. I'm doing fine!

 But Mitya responded to her sister's complaint with pride.

 I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what's going on.

I'm sure you'll be happy with the results. I'm sure you'll be happy with the results.

"Mmm ......, is that so? But Natsuki and the others are a little too kind. You can scold me more severely if you want.

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I'm not sure if you've heard of it, but I'm sure you've heard of it.
That's right. I've never been troubled by the two of them.

 I've never been bothered by the two of them." Hearing Haruka and the others' words, Mitya snorted, "Hmmm! I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.

That's right! I'm a good girl.
"Hey! Mee! That's what's wrong with you!

 I'm not sure if it's because she's mixing koji with her hands, but Mary's tail twitched and she slapped Mitya on the back as if to scold him.

It's okay, it's okay. You're a good girl, Mitya and Mary.

We think it's okay for them to be a little more selfish. Including Mary.

We've already been treated so well by .......

Oh, yeah. You're a good girl, you shouldn't be selfish. When you take it for granted and forget to be grateful, you're a scum!


 It's not wrong, but it's quite radical.

...... "Uh, Mee? Where do you learn to do that?
My dad told me.
Dad .......

 I'm sure you've heard of it.

I'm sure you'll be able to understand why.

I'm sure you're not the only one who has a problem with this, but I think you should choose your words a little more carefully.

No, no, I didn't ask, so maybe your father didn't expect Mitya to remember. ......

I'm not sure if this is the first time I've heard of this.

 I'm not sure what to make of this.

 In the event that you've got a good memory, you'll be able to remember these words very well.

 Fortunately, she didn't say anything that crazy.

Children remember more about their childhood than their parents think, you know.

Do you think so?

Yeah. I can remember some things from when I was about two years old. Not in chronological order, but in terms of events.

I can only remember ...... about three years old. But ...... yes, even babies have to be careful not to say strange things in front of children.

Oh, Haruka. What are your plans?

 I'm not sure what to say, but I'm sure you'll understand.

No, but... But maybe. Yeah, I'm fine, okay?

 I'm not sure if it's a good idea, but I'm sure it's a good idea.

I'm sure you'll be fine. I'm sure you'll be happy with the results.

I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that. --That's not what I meant. I'm sure you've got enough koji bacteria mixed in already.

"Hmm. Yeah, right. All that's left to do is to put it in the accelerator. The koji mold I know would take a day or two to brew, but common sense doesn't apply to this one. ....... In addition, we have an accelerator, so we have to keep an eye on it.

 The same process was repeated five times by Natsuki and his team.

 And after finishing the last task, Natsuki took out the koji that was first put in the accelerator. .......

I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one.
"It's kind of ...... amazing, isn't it?
It's all moldy .......

 If you didn't know, it would look like a completely moldy food.
 If you don't know what it looks like, it's just moldy food. It's no wonder Mary and the others look a little nervous.

Are you sure this is what you want?
"Yes, I think it's pretty much like this.

 The whole thing was covered with a light yellow cotton-like substance, and the rice was stuck together, forming a brittle mass.

 Natsuki unraveled it with her hands, checking its hardness, smell, and taste, and nodded.

There seems to be no problem. Let's make it into miso right away.

"Let's see, ...... are you going to boil the beans?

Yes. Yes, you need to mash the boiled beans. Cook them until they are softer than normal beans and can be squashed with your fingers.

 Seemingly having already made preparations, Natsuki took out some soaked beans from the storage.

 These were the beans that Natsuki and his friends had searched for at the market to make sure they were as close to soybeans as possible, and they looked almost identical to soybeans except for a slightly darker color. As for the taste, Natsuki and his friends tasted it and said, "It's just a different variety. It tasted very similar to soybeans.

 We transferred them to a large pot, and when they had softened, the mincer appeared.

You can do it by hand, but I'm going to use this because it's so convenient. I'll pour it in from the top, and you can catch what comes out.

 Unlike the ones used by butchers, Haruka's mincer is fully automatic.
 All you have to do is pour it in from the top, and it will automatically grind up and come out.

I don't know, this thing that comes out of the mincer...

"Whoa, don't go any further, Mitya.

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It's strange that this could be good food.

"That's what I think, too.

You too, Haruka?

Yes. But don't worry. But don't worry. Natsuki will make sure it's delicious.

No, I'm a little nervous too, because the ingredients are different. ....... I'll try to make it in different proportions.

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 They are about two liters in size.
 These, as well as the bath tub, were all made by Yuki and Nao with magic.
 Next to them is a pile of salt.
 Miso requires about ten percent of the ingredients, so there is a lot of salt here.

I'll measure it out, so Mary and Mitya, mix it well and fill the jar to the brim. Halka, write down the amount on the jar and give it to Mary and the others.

 The Natsuki had made dozens of different kinds of miso, but that was only half the story.

 The same process was followed to prepare the same amount of soy sauce, and the day's work was finally over.