Yaki Yaki San Smokeless Grill
Yaki Yaki San Smokeless Grill
Smokeless Grill: Collaboration of Earth, Water, and Fire
This uniquely designed Iga-yaki earthenware grill promotes the Far Infrared Rays (FIR– the same effect as how the glowing charcoal cook ingredients without direct flame) when the grill is heated with the flame of the stove. With this effect, the heat built in the grill reaches to the core of each ingredient fast and cooks like the charcoal grill. Because the earthenware grill is made of the naturally porous clay from Iga, Japan, the grill tends to retain the same heat level even right after ingredients are placed on the grill.
The grill body is designed to work as a hearth, which also helps the heat to build slowly and prevents the grill from becoming too hot. By filling the outer reservoir with the water, it works as a drip pan, where the excess fat from the cooking can drain through the gaps of the slightly inclined grate. This system not only helps the healthier cooking, but also keeps the grease from draining directly over the flame. With the combination of FIR, heat-retention ability, and the work of outer reservoir, this earthenware grill can cook the ingredients to the desirable doneness while keeping the smoke release minimum.
Maker: Nagatani-en; Origin: Iga, Japan
Size: 32 cm diameter x 10.5 cm high; Weight: 4.2 kg
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.
Basic Grilling Instructions for the Iga-yaki Grill, Yaki Yaki San
Set the grill body (bottom part) over the gas stove top. Fill the outer reservoir with water about 80%. Set the top grill on the grill body.
Heat the grill for about 5 minutes over high heat. Turn the heat down to medium. The grill is ready to cook ingredients. Brush the grill top with oil to prevent certain ingredients from sticking if necessary.
When the water level of the reservoir becomes too low, fill with more water.
*In order to keep the grill top from burning with the residual marinade, etc., we suggest you wipe it with the wet paper towel as necessary.
Usage and Care
Ideal for gas stove top use. This product is not suitable for electric or induction cooktop.
Hand wash only.