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Caring for Handmade Japanese Tableware

Caring for Handmade Japanese Tableware: A Guide to Pre-Seasoning and Safe Usage

Japanese tableware, known for its handmade charm and unique features, blends artistry and tradition.

Each handcrafted piece has its own unique aspects - uneven surfaces, slight colour differences, and purposeful design elements like intentional cracks. These are not flaws but signs of traditional craftsmanship, carefully checked by artisans before sale.

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Understanding the Uniqueness of Handmade Tableware

When you buy Japanese tableware, you might see small differences in colour or design, even in items of the same colour. This is because of the traditional kiln methods used, giving each piece a unique effect and hue. These differences make each item special.

Note that the materials in handmade tableware can react to acidic foods and mineral-rich water, possibly leading to stains or colour changes over time. This is normal and adds uniqueness to your tableware over time.

Optional: Pre-Seasoning Your Japanese Tableware

Pre-seasoning can help protect your tableware from stains and colour changes. However, this step is optional, as colour change can be part of the uniqueness of your tableware.

If you choose to pre-season, here is a simple guide:

  • Prepare a Large Pot: Find a pot big enough for your tableware.
  • Add Rice: Put the tableware in the pot with 2 cups of rice and enough water to cover the tableware.
  • Low Heat Cooking: Cook on low heat for 20 minutes. Avoid high or medium heat to prevent damage.
  • Cooling and Soaking: After 20 minutes, turn off the heat. Let the tableware cool and soak for at least half a day.
  • Thorough Cleaning: After soaking, wash and dry the tableware well.

If you do not have rice, you can use 1 to 2 spoons of potato starch in water instead.

Microwave and Oven Use

Japanese tableware is usually safe for microwaves, but be careful with temperature changes. If the tableware is cold from the fridge, let it warm to room temperature before microwaving to avoid cracking.

The same goes for oven use. Slow temperature changes are important to keep your tableware in good shape.My Cookware Australia

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