Donabe Steamer Mushi Nabe – Black
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This award-winning Donabe, Mushi Nabe, is naturally handcrafted from clay by local artisans in Iga, Japan and therefore every piece different and unique. A Donabe steamer is designed to cook the ingredients with the fast steam. This technique maintains the natural flavors, crispy textures and nutrients of each ingredient inside. The Donabe can be used in different ways. It is mostly use to steam, but it can also work as a perfect pot for stews or soup or to serve cold dishes. As this traditional Donabe is made out of clay only, it offers a completely natural way to cook. The Donabe only works with Gas stoves.
Iga-yaki (Iga-style) pottery is one of Japan’s most highly-regarded traditional ceramics and is said to have originated in Iga, Mie-Prefecture in the late 7th Century. This donabe is made by Nagatani-en, a leading producer of authentic Iga-yaki pottery since 1832. At Nagatani-en, each donabe is made by hand with care and it takes about 2 weeks to produce an individual donabe. Nagatani-en’s Iga-yaki products have been loved by both professionals and home cooks in Japan.
Iga region, where this donabe is made, used to be the bed of Lake Biwa about 4 million years ago. The clay from this region is naturally highly heat-resistant and has been used for open-flame cooking for many hundreds of years.
Sourced and traditionally handcrafted by Nagatani-en in Iga, Japan.
HOW TO USE
◦ Use the Donabe as a steamer
◦ Use the Donabe as a pot for soups, stews or other dishes
◦ Use the Donabe to serve cold dishes
To place it on a table we recommend to use the natural Rush Trivet from Japan.
Ideal for 3-5 people
H: 20cm (including lid)
◦ Ideal for gas stove top use. This donabe is not suitable for electric or induction cooktop.
◦ Oven-safe (up to 250℃). This donabe is not suitable for microwave.
◦ Hand wash only with mild, natural soap and lukewarm water.
◦ Before the first use, this donabe must be seasoned (Instructions: Link)
◦ Only set the Donabe over heat when the bottom is completely dry.
Your donabe develops its character as it ages. As you use your donabe over and over, it develops character and that’s something to be welcomed as Wabi-Sabi.
END OF LIFE
This Donabe does not have an end of life. If the Donabe has aged and gained some Wabi-Sabi character, please give it to a friend who could also enjoy this beautiful way of cooking.
THOUGHTS BEHIND THE PRODUCT
The description already reveals many secrets of this incredible product from Japan. We were doing research on mindful eating, thus on mindful cooking, and found out, that often we prepare, store and eat food in objects that are produced large scale with many machines and toxins involved, but with only few people, wisdom and love. It takes two weeks to create one of this unique Donabes and it probably takes many years of gaining this ancient knowledge and training in pottery beforehand. The Donabe serves many different purposes of cooking and baking and can replace different pans. Food naturally cooked in it is delicious and just touching / seeing it enriches the soul. We hope that you will share our feelings towards this product. If you have any questions, please let us know.