Large Black Steamer - Donabe
Unlock the world of healthy, oil-free cooking with this versatile steamer donabe. Its removable secondary inner-lid allows you to steam vegetables and proteins quickly, preserving their flavor and essential nutrients. Excess fats are cleverly directed through the holes, dripping into the boiling water beneath, ensuring a leaner meal. For a change of culinary adventures, simply remove the inner-lid and transform the steamer into a vessel for hot pot meals, shabu shabu, or easily adapt it for stewing and braising. With its generous size, it's perfect for preparing family-sized meals, and its elegant design makes it an excellent choice for serving dishes directly at the table.
Crafted meticulously by skilled artisans, every donabe is a labor of love, requiring approximately two weeks for production. Because each pot is lovingly handmade and crafted from organic materials, you can expect a touch of individuality in every piece, enhancing their inherent beauty. With each use, you'll notice subtle staining and gradual changes in appearance – a natural and captivating aging process that further enriches the pot's charm.
This exquisite donabe is meticulously crafted by Nagatani-en, a distinguished manufacturer of authentic Iga-yaki pottery since 1832. Rooted in tradition, Iga-yaki pottery traces its origins to Iga, Mie Prefecture, dating back to the late 7th century. It relies on a porous prehistoric clay sourced from Japan's largest and oldest lake, Lake Biwa. Within this clay lie thousands of microscopic prehistoric fossils, which become fused with the clay during the firing process inside the kiln. This unique feature creates minuscule pores within the clay pot, serving as heat-retaining pockets, surpassing the heat retention capabilities of other cooking vessels.
12.2'' D x 8'' H
Holds 3 qt
Ideal for 3-5 people (or 2 - with leftovers!)
Hand-wash only. Seasoning by making a rice porridge is required before first use. Gas stove required as it does not work on electric or induction stove. Oven-safe (up to 500℉/ 250℃), but not microwave safe. Donabe pots are hand-wash only, and should be dried thoroughly right after use with an absorbant cloth. Do not store wet or even damp or it may cause molding and cracks. Cooking while the bottom or sides are wet will cause the pot to crack. Do not soak or leave liquid inside for long periods of time.
Returns must be made within 2 weeks in original, unused condition with all packaging for either 1. Store credit for the full amount or 2. Refund - minus a 20% restocking fee. Tortoise does not cover the cost of return shipping or the cost of re-shipping an exchange, and the cost of shipping for returns and exchanges is the responsibility of the customer.