Kuromame (Sweetened Black Beans)
Kuromame (meaning "black beans" in Japanese) are tasty, sweetened black soybeans that are usually eaten as part of the Japanese New Year's celebration!
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Pour 10 cups of water into a large pot and add the sugar, soy sauce, and salt.
Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Remove from the heat and add the black soybeans (kuromame). Put a lid on and leave for 7-8 hours or overnight.
Take the lid off and bring the soaked beans to boil over high heat.
When scum starts to form on the top, turn the heat to low and remove the scum from the top with a ladle.
After removing all the scum, turn the heat to high, add a half cup of water and bring to boil.
Turn the heat down to low and remove the scum again from the top.
Cut out a circle of aluminium foil and cut a small hole in the centre of it.
Place the aluminium foil on top of the beans and simmer over low heat for 6-7 hours.
Occasionally check under the aluminium foil to make sure the water is covering the beans. If not, add more water.
After 6-7 hours, check if the beans are soft, and if they are then remove from heat and serve!
The black beans must be soaked in hot liquid (the sugar, soy sauce, salt liquid) so that the beans become soft without becoming wrinkled.
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