December 2019

Wood fire cooking at South River Miso. Photo by Danielle Norris-Gardner

Holiday Greetings from South River Miso

It's holiday season - a time to gather with friends and family to celebrate, to visit, and - to eat! Find a balance with all of the abundant sweet and rich treats of the season by making some dishes with healthy, hearty South River Miso.

An ancient food, miso is packed with enzymes and naturally occurring probiotics which may aid in good digestion and overall well-being. It is great for marinating fish and meat, flavoring soups and stews, salad dressings and more. Our miso is always 100% organic and non-GMO. We also have several gluten-free varieties. Head over to our website to see all of our recipes.

South River Miso makes a healthy holiday gift for yourself or others. We offer a sampler pack which contains four popular varieties plus our own recipe booklet. Visit our store to order your favorite varieties.

All of us at South River wish all of you a healthy and joyous holiday season!

Recipe: Miso Beef Stew

This is the first beef recipe we have shared in over three decades! If you want, you can substitute chicken or a vegetarian option like tofu or tempeh for the beef in the stew.

Grass-fed beef contains high amounts of protein, B vitamins, iron and beneficial fatty acids including omega-3. If available, organic grass-fed beef is even better.

The browning, then the pressure cooking of the beef brings out the rich, savory umami flavors which over time season the entire stew.

Enjoy this classic comfort food on a chilly winter night!

Serves four


1 pound cubed stew beef (organic grass-fed preferred)
¼ cup of our Chickpea Barley Miso
¼ cup olive or sesame oil
1 large white onion chopped
4 cloves garlic chopped small
2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
3 medium carrots chopped
¾ cup frozen peas


1. Pound cubes of beef with a meat tenderizer (or use a jar to pound).

2. Cut stew beef with sharp knife across the grain into smaller bite-size pieces.

3. Marinate beef in tamari or miso for minimum of 15 minutes up to two hours refrigerated. After marinating, pat cubes of beef dry with a paper towel.

4. Heat one tbsp of oil in a heavy bottom pan. Sear the beef cubes on all sides turning as needed. Pressure cook the beef cubes for 15 to 20 minutes and set aside.

5. In a heavy pot, sauté the garlic and onions in 1 tbsp of oil for 1 to 2 minutes.

6. Add the potatoes and 2 cups of water or broth. Cook 8-10 minutes.

7. Add carrots and beef. Add water to cover. Cook 10-12 minutes or until carrots and potatoes are soft.

8. Add peas. Cook for 1 minute stirring gently.

9. Dilute 2 to 4 tbsp South River Miso in water and stir in. Season to taste with more miso or salt. Turn off heat and let sit 1 minute.

Garnish with parsley and serve with your favorite bread. Enjoy!

Love Letters

Over the years we've received so many wonderful letters of gratitude - here are a few we'd like to share!

I’m a very pleased customer. I have been eating miso for 30 years or more and I just have stumbled upon yours and it’s far and away the best around. Just great. As good as any and better than most, even what I had in Japan. …I just want to particularly thank you for this extraordinary product. I’ve mentioned it to many of my friends now, and no one’s disappointed.

- Dr. Larry R., Cambridge, MA

I continue to be so grateful for the effort put forth to produce this incredible miso. I have been eating South River Miso since the early 80's and now my grandchildren are enjoying it. Honestly I can't imagine our lives without it. We are so spoiled. Please thank everyone involved from [our] family…

- Marylin H., Santa Cruz, CA.

Visit Our Website

Enjoy our pictures, slideshows and videos by exploring the links below.


- Shop at our online store.
- Try more of our great recipes.
- Watch videos of rice growing at South River.
- View a slide show of the miso making process.
- Watch a Cooking Channel video about South River Miso.
- See a slide show of our location at South River Farm.
- Read "Love Letters" from our customers.

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South River Miso Company
888 Shelburne Falls Road
Conway, MA 01341
PH: 413.369.4057
FX: 413.369.4299

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