My friend and fellow fermentation enthusiast Eleana Hsu just uploaded the first video to the Shared Cultures YouTube channel! I’ve embedded the video at the bottom of this post. It’s a recorded live presentation in which she shows how easy it is to prepare dried mushrooms (that she foraged herself, no less) to create an amino sauce with koji, and provides a lot of tips about how other ingredients can work as well.

Shared Cultures is a company that works with local food producers in and around San Francisco to give new life to produce that might otherwise contribute to problem of food waste. This is a really admirable mission, and it gets back to why we started fermenting in the first place: excess and food otherwise destined for waste can still be nutritious and preserved for future use.

Check out the website above and follow them @sharedcultures on Instagram to see what they’re up to!