Hozon & Bonji

what are hozon and bonji?
hozon and bonji are fermented seasonings and sauces similar to miso paste and soy sauce. our process utilizes different grains and legumes from those used in traditional miso and soy sauce manufacture. by using single-origin, single-variety ingredients, we allow the natural characteristics of each grain, bean, seed, or nut to express themselves – developing deep umami notes along with fruity and caramel-like flavors. our hozon and bonji are unpasteurized, unfiltered, and less salty than a store-bought miso or soy sauce, allowing for a far more subtle and nuanced flavor to come forward.

where did the names hozon and bonji originate?
hozon and bonji are derived from words that mean “preserved” and “essence.” out of respect for the long tradition of miso and soy sauce making – and because our products do not contain soybeans – we have chosen a different name for our products.

where do you make hozon and bonji?  where do you source your ingredients?
all our products are made by hand in brooklyn, ny.  we source our grains and legumes from farmers in the northeast: four star farms, maine grains, champlain valley milling, among others.

we make all our products in small batches and we constantly endeavor to find new and exciting flavors for our hozon and bonji. we release limited varieties as they become available. let us know if you are looking for something in particular – we’d love to hear your ideas.

how do i use hozon and bonji?
you may use them as a substitute for miso paste and soy sauce. we’ve found ways of using hozon and bonji both as the focus of a dish and as an accompaniment.

how should i store my hozon and bonji?
our hozon and bonji are unpasteurized products, and they should be stored in a refrigerator.

how long is the hozon and bonji good for? when does it go bad?
hozon and bonji are living and breathing foods with active cultures and enzymes – similar to yogurt. traditionally, some miso and soy sauce are aged for several years and prized for their deeper flavor. unlike yogurt, whether your package is sealed or open, there is no expiration date, in fact, you may find that the flavor of your hozon and bonji develop with time.

are the hozon and bonji soy free?
yes, all of our hozon and bonji are soy free, but they are made in a facility that also handles soybeans, wheat, tree nuts, dairy, and eggs.

is the hozon gluten free?
yes, we do not use any gluten-containing ingredients in our hozon, but it is made in a facility that also handles wheat.

is the bonji gluten free?
our bonji is not gluten free.  bonji is made from single-variety, single-origin hearty grains like farro, freekeh, spelt, and rye local to new york state. much of the gluten in those grains is broken down during fermentation, but some gluten remains.

how may i purchase hozon, bonji, and xo sauce?
at this time, we’re focusing on supplying our restaurant customers. to receive more information about buying hozon and bonji for your restaurant or bar, write to us here.