Donabe rice cooker, Kamado-san, Nagatani-en

Donabe rice cooker Kamado-san from Nagatani-en

Donabe rice cooker Kamado-san makes shiny rice

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Can’t back to other rice cookers anymore! Donabe rice cooker is the best!

As you know, rice is a staple diet for Japanese people. Every Japanese people likes delicious white rice.
Have you ever smelled the flavor of rice while it is cooked with earthenware pot? The flavor stimulates our appetite.
However, it is difficult to cook delicious rice with earthenware pot. Usually, you need to care about heat control seriously.

However, the donabe rice cooker Kamado-san enables you to cook delicious rice easily! You can cook and eat shiny rice with donabe rice cooker every day. Rice changes its taste by water, heat, and way of cooking. Once you eat the rice cooked with donabe rice cooker, you cannot back to the other rice cookers anymore.

A woman is scooping rice from donabe rice cooker

Easy donabe rice cooker? Kamado-san of Nagatani-en

“Hajime choro choro Naka papa, Akago naitemo Futa toruna.”
This explains the way of cooking rice with donabe rice cooker. “Hajime choro choro” means cook over a low heat at first to warm the whole pot. Then, “Naka pappa” means cook over a high heat to boil, and turn it to moderate medium heat to avoid burning. At last., “Akago naitemo Futa toruna” means you cannot open the lid immediately after heating, but let cooked rice sit for a while.

As you can see, it is very troublesome. You need to control heat all the time until the rice is cooked.

“It seems to be too difficult to cook rice with donabe rice cooker…”
We understand your feeling. However, you do not have to worry about the of donabe heat control rice cooker “Kamado-san” of Nagatani-en.

Very simple! How to cook rice with donabe-rice cooker Kamado-san

  1. Wash rice and soak the rice in water

    After washing, soak rice in water for 20 minutes.

    A woman is having the handles of donabe rice cooker
  2. Set inner lid and outer lid

    Donabe rice cooker Kamado-san has inner lid. This inner lid is the secret of good taste and convenience.

    A woman is setting the inner and outer lid of donabe rice cooker
  3. Cook (Medium high heat → stop heating) * about 12 minutes

    Put the pot over open medium high heat. After a while, the steam rise from the hall of outer lid. When the steam rises in a continuous stream, stay for 1-2 minutes, and stop heating.

    Heating donabe rice cooker Kamado-san
  4. Let rice sit * 20 minutes

    After stop heating the donabe rice cooker, stay the pot for 20 minutes.

That’s all!
Once you start to heat donabe rice cooker Kamado-san, just wait for about 12 minutes. Then, stop heating and let it stay. You do not have to care about heat control.

Our staff tried to cook rice with donabe rice cooker Kamado-san!

The other day, our staff decided to check the power of Kamado-san.
You can know the detail instruction and tips of cooking rice with Kamado-san.
Please check it!

Energetic pursuit of donabe rice cooker by Nagatani-en

Why can Kamado-san cook delicious rice so easily?
The secret is an energetic pursuit of Nagatani-en.

Nagatani-en is in Iga city of Mie prefecture. It opened its kiln in 1832. Nagatani-en has inherited the traditional skill of Iga pottery, and continue to produce next potteries to fit modern lifestyle. Their ideology is “dinner table is a forum of playing.” Nagatani-en wishes that a dinner table can be a forum to make happy bond with family members or friends. With this wish, Nagatani-en tells Japanese food culture through Iga pottery.

Nagatani-en took 3 and half years to invent this donabe rice cooker Kamado-san. The trial items are 3000 pots!
Kamado-san is a thick donabe rice cooker compared to other donabe. In fact, the thickness is uneven to enable everyone to cook delicious rice easily.
Under the spirit of “Craftsmen should be the true users!” a miracle donabe rice cooker Kamado-san was born.

“No heat control.”
“No boil over.”
“No effort.”

Donabe rice cooker Kamado-san on the ceramic pot mat

4 secrets of Kamado-san why it can cook delicious rice

  1. Special glaze to cook delicious rice

    Glaze is an enamel which craftsmen put it before baking ceramics. After baking, glaze turned to be vitreous. The glaze of donabe rice cooker Kamado-san is a special one. The glaze has high far-infrared rays effect. Far-infrared rays can warm a thing thoroughly. This glaze enables the pot to heat every grain of rice. The rice becomes fluffy and springy.

  2. Thick form to heat thoroughly

    The bottom of donabe rice cooker Kamado-san is especially thick. This thick form keeps the heat and warm inside thoroughly. So, at first, the donabe rice cooker does not burn rice with medium high heat. After stop heating, Kamado-san keeps the heat and let rice sit.

    The bottom of donabe rice cooker
  3. “Breathing clay” has high thermal storage

    Donabe rice cooker Kamado-san is made of Iga pottery. The pottery clay of Iga pottery is produced from a stratum called “Kobiwako-sou.” Kobiwako-sou includes a lot of corpses of plants or living creatures. If the clay is burned, the corpses are burnt away and become porous. Porous clay of Iga pottery is called “breathing clay.” This breathing clay has high far-infrared effect. So, it is best for donabe!

    Also, Iga pottery clay has high thermal storage, so it heats the inside thoroughly. In addition, the breathing clay keeps rice away from too humid. With this special clay, the special donabe rice cooker Kamado-san was born. Kamado-san can keep the warmth and extract tastes of foods.

  4. Double lid

    Donabe rice cooker Kamado-san has double lid, inner lid and outer lid. This double lid plays a role of pressure cooker. Two lids prevent the boiling over and gives adequate pressure. The pressure makes delicious rice.

    Inner and outer lid of donabe rice cooker

“Scorched rice” is easy to make!

Donabe rice cooker Kamado-san can cook more than just white rice. Brown rice, takikomi rice (Japanese mixed rice) and more! Each person likes each rice. You can make your favorite rice with donabe rice cooker Kamado-san.

A woman is mixing rice cooked by Kamado-san

By the way, do you know “Okoge?” Okoge means scorched rice. When you cook takikomi rice, you can enjoy appetizing Okoge. If you would like to make Okoge, please wait for 3 minutes after the steam starts to rise from the hall.

Let’s cook! Okoge recipe with donabe rice cooker Kamado-san

With some oil, you can make delicious Okoge easily.
We would like to introduce a recipe with Kamado-san 3 rice-cup size.

“Chicken soboro and coriander rice”

Chicken soboro and coriander rice cooked by donabe rice cooker

・ White rice 2 cups
・ Water 400 ml
・ 【A】Chicken bouillon powder 1 teaspoon
・ 【A】Sesame oil 2 teaspoons
・ Chicken minced meat 200 g
・ Coriander about 30 g (cut into chunky pieces)
・ Ginger 1 tablespoon (cut into tiny pieces)
・ 【B】Soy sauce 3 teaspoons
・ 【B】Sugar 1 teaspoon
・ Oil

1.Drain washed rice, and soak it in water in Kamado-san for 20 minutes. Add 【A】to the rice and stir them well. Set inner and outer lids. Cook over high heat for about 12 minutes (2 minutes after the steam comes in a continuous stream). Stop heating, and let the rice sit for 20 minutes.

Add ingredients of takikomi rice into Kamado-san

2.Oil the frypan and fry ginger over medium heat. And fry chicken minced meat into soboro. When the meat turns its color, add【B】and stir well. After the meat absorbs the juice, add coriander and stir-fry lightly.
3.Add “2” into the cooked rice and stir them well.

Scorched rice cooked by donabe rice cooker

That’s all!
A recipe book for the donabe rice cooker Kamado-san is attached to the item. In addition to rice, you can cook stewed food. Please try various menu with this wooden rice cooker.

Introduction sheet attached to the Kamado-san set

In addition to the recipe book, ceramic pot mat and rice scoop are set to the donabe rice cooker. The rice scoop is made of Japanese natural wood, “Miyajima Shakushi.” This rice scoop has special brand of Nagatani-en. Miyajima Shakushi is famous for special product of Miyajima, Hiroshima. People wish luck at winning with Miyajima Shakushi. Kamado-san set makes your life happier.

Miyajima Shakushi attached to the Kamado-san set

Why rice cooked by donabe rice cooker is delicious?

Sweet, fluffy, and sticky rice.
Most Japanese people know “rice cooked by donabe rice cooker is delicious.”

Beautiful rice cooked by donabe rice cooker

But why rice become so delicious with donabe? The secret is the thickness of donabe.

Rice is gelatinized rice grain by heat and water. It is very simple food. So, the taste of rice is determined by the way of thermal conductivity. Way of cook changes the taste of rice even with same rice grain.

The important point is the beginning of heating. The sweet taste of rice will be extracted by slow boiling. The best time is 10 minutes to come to a boil.
If you boil rice soon over high heat, the rice will become hard and not sweet. On the contrary, if you take too long time to come to a boil, the rice becomes too soft.

From this point, donabe rice cooker can conduct heat thoroughly by the thickness of clay. In addition, you do not have to care about heat control by Kamado-san. The thickness of Kamado-san is calculatedly produced.

Donabe can rise the heat temperature slowly. Therefore, Kamado-san can extract the good taste of food, not only rice!
Moreover, the thickness of two lids work to make rice delicious. The weight of lids rise the pressure, and it makes rice delicious.
Kamado-san of Nagatani-en has inner and outer lids. These two lids make adequate pressure inside.

The rice cooked by this donabe rice cooker is delicious even it becomes cool. Best rice for bento! Surprisingly, frozen rice is more delicious than usual rice cooked with other rice cookers!

Cooking rice with donabe rice cooker Kamado-san. It’s boiling and producing foams

Easy to use, and cute donabe rice cooker

Kamado-san of Nagatani-en has a cute rounded form. The handles are like ears of donabe! You cannot feel the soothing touch of ceramics with electric appliances. Just putting the donabe rice cooker at your kitchen. It is very stylish and cute. The handle of the lid has grooves to put rice scoop on.

Rice scoop on the handle of lid of Kamado-san

Since the donabe rice cooker is thick, it seems very heavy. However, it is lighter than cast iron pot. The reason is porous clay. You may be surprised to open lighter lid than you expected.
Please note that thick and porous pottery will break off by strong impact.
Gentle texture of pottery fit your room.

The more you use Kamado-san, the more you love it. If you plan to buy new rice cooker, or if you are interested in donabe, how about this donabe rice cooker Kamado-san? Also, if you have electrical rice cooker, we recommend to use it in the busy morning and use donabe rice cooker in slow dinner.

Rice cooked by donabe rice cooker and miso soup

Kamado-san is designated as “IGAMONO”

Now, many Japanese media introduces this donabe rice cooker Kamado-san.
In fact, Kamado-san is designated as “IGAMONO” and “Mie-Brand.”
“IGAMONO” is a brand name. The products made in Iga, or produced by the skill and wisdom of craftsmen in Iga are designated as IGAMONO.

“Mie-Brand” is also given to the products with traditions or nature of Mie prefecture. Donabe rice cooker Kamado-san is designated for both brand. We can see the features of Iga and Mie, or the pursuit of craftsmen.

Cute donabe rice cooker Kamado-san as gift

Donabe rice cooker Kamado-san is a suitable item for gift. For wedding gifts or housewarming gifts, donabe rice cooker will make the gift recipients happy. From young to old, rice lovers cannot miss it!
Donabe rice cooker Kamado-san will help to make a happy dinner time.

A set of Kamado-san. From the top left to right, donabe rice cooker, inner lid, introduction. Form the bottom left to right, ceramic pot mat, outer lid, and Miyajima Shakushi.

Kamado-san is heavy, so get it at an online shop

Japan Design Store sends our items all over the world.
Donabe rice cooker Kamado-San is very heavy. To make it a thermal storage pot, craftsmen produce a thick pot.

2 rice cup size is 3 kg, 3 rice cup size is 3.6 kg, and 5 rice cup size is 5 kg. In addition, each donabe is set with ceramic pot mat, recipe book, and rice scoop. In total, a Kamado-san set has about 1 kg weight + each pot weight.
It is not so easy to bring it.

Therefore, for your own use, or send the donabe rice cooker as gift, please leave it to Japan Design Store.

[About paper bags]
Donabe rice cooker Kamado-san has weight of 3~7 kg (depend on the size.) if you would like to send Kamado-san as gift, we recommend sending the donabe directly to the recipients.
We can prepare paper bags for Kamado-san. However, we do not take responsibility for the durability of the paper bags. The bags may not enough strong against big and heavy donabe pot.
Please note that we do not take any responsibility for the injury or incidents when you carry Kamado-san. We ask you to take responsibility for using paper bags for the donabe rice cooker.
If you bring Kamado-san to the recipients, we recommend you use strong cloth bags or bring it by your hands.

Customer’s voice

  • Defrosted rice is delicious!

    I’m happy to eat sweet and delicious rice every day. The most surprising gift is the taste of frozen rice! When I warmed and ate it, it was so delicious! It is heavier than I expected. But now I don’t care. I become attached to Kamado-san while I use it.

  • Takikomi rice with 3 rice cup size

    The attached instructions book makes it easier to care. It is true that I cooked delicious rice without heat control. I chose 3 rice cup size to cook takikomi rice. I’m satisfied with this set since it has recipe book, too!

  • Keep time, no mistake

    Sometimes, it is difficult to cook depend on the kind of rice. However, big mistake will never happen if I keep the time mentioned at instruction book. Enough time to let rice sit avoid sticking to the pot. It’s easy to clean donabe.

  • Make Okoge easily

    I make Okoge on purpose according to the mood of the moment. I really like the design of this donabe rice cooker! I always put it on my kitchen counter.

  • Beautiful gloss of rice!

    The gloss of rice is totally different from the rice before. My family member is happy to eat delicious rice. I cooked takikomi rice with sweet potatoes and Japanese chestnuts. It was amazing!

Japan Design Store offers other donabe, too!

How about petit nabe from Nagatani-en? You can use the petit nabe over open flame, in microwave oven, oven, or toaster. You can make small stew to dessert with it! Mini cocotte is popular for presents.

Also, if you look for stylish donabe, “do-nabe” from ceramic japan is the best! Lid or the pot is flat and smart. Very stylish donabe. You can use it over open flame, microwave oven, or oven. Your cooking will be broadened by donabe!

Caring tips

  • * You cannot use IH cooking heater and dishwasher to Kamado-san. Please use Kamado-san with gas flame.
  • * You cannot make deep-fried food with Kamado-san.
  • * Microwave oven, oven, and open flame safe.
  • * When you put donabe over open fire, make sure the bottom of donabe is not wet.
  • * Please do not cool hot donabe rapidly or soak it into water.
  • * If you soak donabe in water for a long time, it easily become clogged.
  • * All the products are handmade by traditional craftsmen. Please enjoy different perspective of each product.

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