Ame-Yu All-Purpose Donabe

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Ame-Yu All-Purpose Donabe

115.00

This is a very classic-style donabe which you can use for a wide variety of dishes. In Japan, almost every household has at least one classic-style donabe and most commonly use it to cook hot pot (“nabe”) dishes including shabu shabu and yosenabe on tabletop to enjoy with family and friends. The classic-style donabe is also ideal for stewing or braising. You can use it over gas stove top or in the oven. Iga-yaki donabe is known for its durability and perfect for everyday cooking.

The name Ame-Yu refers to a kind of glaze and has a shiny deep amber color. It’s also one of the most historic types of glaze in Japan and gives beautiful texture to pottery. Ame-Yu donabe has been a long seller among Nagatani-en’s donabe collection.

Material: Clay

Maker: Nagatani-en; Origin: Iga, Japan

Size: 30.5 cm diameter x 17.5 cm high – including lid

Capacity: 3L; Weight: 3.5 kg

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True “Terroir” of Iga

Iga region, where this donabe is made, used to be the bed of Lake Biwa about 4 million years ago. The clay from this region is naturally highly heat-resistant and has been used for open-flame cooking for many hundreds of years. This clay consists of a high level of pre-historic fossilized microorganisms that leave the clay porous when fired. The porous body gives the donabe remarkable heat-retention ability. The donabe gradually builds the heat when it’s heated, then it cools down very slowly after the heat is turned off. This, along with the glaze that promotes the far infrared rays (FIR – the same effect as how the glowing charcoal cook ingredients without direct flame) when it’s heated, allow the donabe to produce a gentle, steady heat that penetrates to the core of each ingredient. The effect is ingredients are cooked evenly with all the flavors sealed inside.

Your Donabe Develops its Character as it Ages

As you use your donabe over and over, it will develop character. Its color and texture could change slightly over time. These are all the welcoming characteristics of Iga-yaki's historic wabi-sabi beauty and would make your donabe more personal and special.

Usage and Care:

  • Ideal for gas stove top use. This donabe is not suitable for electric or induction cooktop.

  • Oven-safe (up to 250℃). This donabe is not suitable for microwave.

  • Hand wash only.

  • Before the first use, this donabe must be seasoned. (please refer to Donabe Cookbook or contact us for more information)