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Basic Tips for Using Donabe


Donabe Pot


Photo (c) Setsuko Yoshizuka
Donabe are clay pots which are often used for cooking various nabe (hot pot dishes). To keep a donabe in good condition for a long time, please follow the care instructions come with your donabe. If there aren't any instructions come with it, below are some basic tips to follow.
  • Before using a newly bought donabe, fill the pot with water about three-quarters full and add about a cup of leftover steamed rice or about 1/4 cup of rice. Then, simmer rice porridge on low heat for about 30-60 minutes. Stop the heat and let it cool. Discard the rice and rinse the donabe. Dry it with a clean cloth and air dry well before storing.

  • Whenever you use a donabe, please make sure the bottom surface is dry.

  • It's important not to put on high heat at first. It's best to start with low heat. Also, empty donabe shouldn't be heated.

  • After using a donabe, let it cool before washing. Please do not soak it in water when it's hot. When it cooled down, gently wash it with water. Donabe shouldn't be soaked in soap for a long time. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth. It's important to air dry well before storing.
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