The Characteristic of Tofu Box (100% Tofu Box Type from Hinoki Cypress, Mie Prefecture
This tofu box made by natural Hinoki Cypress (or Japanese Cypress) from Kishu City. Each item has different color and wood grain because they are handmade with the natural tree.
Please look at the left picture below. It is the parts of the tofu box. From left: bottom plate; body; the lid. The sanding process is done with care so that there are no wood scratch at all. You also can use it at ease because this kind of wood will not rust.
This tofu box are also included with 100% cotton thread cloth and sash bag. Please use it for making a fine and smooth handmade tofu.
Because the parts can be take off and attach easily, this tofu box is easy to wash. The material is also easy to dry, so you don't have to worry about mold. The Hinoki Cypress has a very good resistant in water and pressure so they can even be used in the bathtub. Also, this tree is hard to deform and not easy to be damaged.
The Kumano City at Mie Prefecture (East Kishu) has a forest with Hinoki Cypress since the Edo period. There, the Kishu Clan encourage the foresty and use shipping to carry the wood to Edo. From that time, Hinoki Cypress is known as an excellent quality wood.
This box is a handcrafted product made by craftsmen. It has a unique refreshing scent from the Hinoki Cypress.
When washing this box, please wash it gently using a soft sponge. When drying, please do not use a dryer, etc. Please dry this box with natural air as much as possible in a well-ventilated place. Keep it in the cupboard after drying. Please avoid leaving the box in the wet and damp situation because it will cause mold and others.
This type of wood will not become rot, crack, and loose. Because it is made 100% by Hinoki Cypress.Therefore, this tofu box is not only hardened the tofu but also brings out the sweetness and umami of the soybean to its full extent.
The "Toyomasari" soybean are the organic soybeans raised carefully by Mr. Yuu Hirawake. He has been raising and cultivating these soybeans organically in Makubetsu-cho, Hokkaido for over 30 years.
Being harvested when they are completely ripe, these soybeans are rich in nutrients and have fine quality of taste and flavor.
This soybean is organic, raised without pesticide, non-chemical cultivation, and dried with natural drying (using the sun). If you boil the soybean, you can enjoy the sweetness of plump beans.
The wood box in the soybean picture will not be included. We will deliver this soybean in vacuum pack of a transparent bag.
What is Oshima's Seawater Nigari
An ideal nigari (brine, a byproduct of extracting salt from sea water)for making tofu that contains rich natural minerals in every package. This nigari was made by the manufacturing process of natural sea salt. A high-quality nigari which also used in well-known tofu stores. If you use this nigari in tofu making, you can make authentic tofu with tender and rich taste at home.
Nigari purely made by seawater, contains abundant content of natural mineral. You can use 200ml of nigari for 20 blocks of tofu servings.
The production area is in a remote island surrounded by beautiful nature, Izu Oshima. This nigari's raw material is 100% pure sea water carried by Kuroshio (Japan Current, a north-flowing ocean current on the west side of the North Pacific Ocean.) We don't use any other nigari or coangulant. product.
The manufacturing process includes concentrating the seawater with the salt-field type of net, which collects salt and the mother liquid from the collected salt. The contents of this nigari are not only magnesium chloride, but also contains a small amount of trace elements in seawater abundantly.
The taste is not only bitter but also has a slightly salty taste, a subtle flavor, and richness of the seawater. Therefore, this nigari is not only solidifies the tofu but also brings out the sweetness and umami of the soybean to its full extent. You can make tofu with sweet, delicious, yet nostalgic taste at home.
What is Cloth and Sash Bag
The cloths included in this Handmade Tofu Kit is a set of product produced by Yoshida textile specialty shop for food in Tsubame-shi, Niigata Prefecture. Kawashimaya made the order to the manufactures to create fine-grained and smooth handmade tofu.
This bag is very suitable for the filtration process. The function is similar to the paper used in Nell Coffee Drip coffee making method. But when making tofu, we need to use a cloth material, not paper. The manufactures are not using chlorine-based bleaching power in the bleaching process. In addition, this cloth has a soft texture that makes it difficult to make any scratch to the food.
The size for both bags: 33cm wide x 40cm long. This is the sash bag.
This is is cloth.
Handmade tofu is very attractive with the original rich flavor and sweetness of the soybeans. Once you eat the handmade tofu, you probably won't get satisfied with the commercial tofu. Please try and enjoy making handmade tofu with your own preference!
I ate it in a flash because it was delicious!
The freshly made tofu was very delicious which makes me complete eating it in a flash. I have plenty of nigiri, so I would like to make handmade tofu again in the future.
This handmade tofu cannot be compared with the commercial tofu..
I was surprised to be able to make delicious authentic tofu so easily at home. This handmade tofu cannot be compared with commercial tofu sell in stores. When I tried making tofu at home, I become to love eating tofu again.
I'm enjoying the taste.
I have been making handmade tofu for several times, and I am relieved that the taste is always delicious.
I enjoy the natural taste of organic soybean and distilled water processed into tofu without adding anything unnecessary.
I was able to make well-done handmade tofu for the first time!
The taste of handmade tofu is wonderful, the same goes to Okara as well. I am looking forward to make it again in the future.
The process of transforming it into tofu is very fun!
I use the product to make tofu as soon as the item arrived. I enjoy making handmade tofu because I can see the soybean gradually transforming into tofu. I am very satisfied with making cotton tofu (momen tofu). Thank you for selling this!
The fragrance of the tree is very good.
Every parts of the box are made securely. The cloths are also fine. I am satisfied with making delicious handmade tofu.