How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Green Tea with Zojirushi

If you’re a tea lover like us, you’ll know that brewing tea is a true art form. From white, green, black, herbal, and more, there are many different types of teas that have their own unique characteristics. Today, we’ll be diving into all the ways you can brew green tea, and yes there is more than one!

Green Tea 101

Green teas are by far one of the most popular types of tea that are consumed in Japan, and across the world. Originally from China, the main differentiator between green tea and others is that green tea is not oxidized (exposed to air). Tea leaves are either pan-fired or steamed to stop the oxidation process, resulting in either toasted and nutty notes, or clean, vegetal flavors. Because of this, green tea leaves are typically more delicate and require lower water temperatures to avoid burning the leaves.

Zojirushi water boilers are equipped to warm water to different temperatures, starting at 160°F, which is the recommended water temperature for green teas. The exception to this is matcha green tea, which is a powdered green tea that requires thorough whisking before consumption. We recommend preparing matcha with water that is around 175°F.

Water boilers like our Zojirushi VE Hybrid Water Boiler & Warmer CV-JAC40/50 have this temperature as a preset option, so you can easily swap between temperatures at the click of a button.

How to Prepare Different Types of Green Tea

Now, let’s talk about how to brew tea so that it comes out perfectly balanced. Brew for a moment too long, and you’ll end up with a drink that’s overly bitter. Use the wrong temperature, and your tea may taste “burnt”. Here are a couple of factors that will make a difference when brewing tea:

  • Water: Use clean, filtered water, or spring water if available and use the proper water temperature for the type of tea you are brewing. If you do not have a Zojirushi water boiler, boil your water in a separate vessel and wait a few minutes for it to cool. Never brew your tea with boiling water.
  • Timing: Gently, add your green tea sachet or loose leaf tea in a tea strainer to your water and let it steep the appropriate amount of time. Most green tea need about 1 to 2 minutes to develop the flavors. Remove tea completely and enjoy! If you want to enjoy your tea all day remember, use your Zojirushi insulated mugs to keep your beverages hot for hours.

Sencha: Is a Japanese green tea that is popular in Japan. The leaves are harvested only from the tops of the tea bushes which receive the most sunlight. Set your Zojirushi water boiler at 175°F  when brewing sencha and let it steep for 1-2 minutes. A cup of perfectly brewed sencha will be light yellowing green and will have a fresh herbal flavor.  

Gyokuro: This high-quality green tea is full bodied with a rich aroma and a touch of sweetness which is achieved by growing this tea under a shade about 3 weeks before harvesting. Brew at 160°F and let it steep for a 1-1/2 to 2 minutes to enjoy and don’t forget that the leaves can be used up to 3 times!

Matcha: The key to preparing the best cup of matcha is to use water at 175°F and to whisk it rapidly in a zig zag motion. Once you see a thick foam then it’s ready to be enjoyed! Visit our recipe page for more instructions on preparing this and other teas with your Zojirushi water boiler.

Make it Personal

Now that you know the basic guidelines on how to brew your tea, remember that tea is a very personal experience that you can and should change to your liking. Try different steeping times. Maybe you only need to steep for a minute, or maybe you like to let it steep longer. Try different types of tea and notice how they may have different aromas, flavor profiles, and textures.

Do you have your own special way of brewing tea? Let us know by tagging Zojirushi on your photos with #zojirushi on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

Product of the Month: Zojirushi Fresh Brew Vacuum Insulated Stainless French Press SK-XAE10

Hi Zo Fans! Are you ready to meet our product of the month? The Zojirushi Fresh Brew Vacuum Insulated Stainless French Press SK-XAE10 is the first French Press to join our Zojirushi Coffee Maker lineup, with many unique features and capabilities that we’re excited to tell you about. Made with our famous vacuum insulating technology, this sleek and easy-to-clean French Press is the perfect way to enjoy your daily coffee at home or at the office. Let’s get to it!

Why Should I Use a French Press?

If you’re wondering why you might want to use a French Press coffee maker as opposed to a drip coffee maker, here are a few of our top reasons:

  • Flavor: Since there is no paper filter being used, more of the oils from the coffee beans can make it into the French Press brew, giving your coffee a richer and more complex taste.
  • Control: When you use a French Press, you are able to have more control over the taste of your coffee by determining how hot you want your water to be, how long you want to steep your coffee grinds, and how much coffee you like to use. All of these factors will change the outcome of your coffee. You can get experimental to find out how you like your coffee best!
  • Easy and Convenient: Lastly, we love our French Press because it is a low-maintenance that you can use it anywhere, anytime. As long as you have coffee grinds and hot water, you can make delicious coffee wherever you are! Take it with you to the office, your next vacation spot, or your next camping trip!

Zojirushi French Press SK-XAE10 Specifications

Now, let’s dive into what makes our Zojirushi French Press unique. We put a lot of thought into its design to make sure that you can make delicious coffee every single time. Here’s why:

On the outside, the Zojirushi French Press features an elegant and sleek design that is BPA-free, like all Zojirushi products. You won’t have to worry about burning yourself while serving your coffee with our easy-grip, cool-touch handle, and the dribble-reducing spout will prevent spillage while serving. Our design also features a high-quality double-wall stainless steel vacuum insulated construction that can maintain heat of 162°F (72°C) for up to 2 hours, so you can sip and enjoy your coffee at your own pace.

The inside of the Zojirushi French Press coffee maker features an exclusive Taste Shield Plunger that protects coffee from becoming over-extracted and chalky, and the Half-Blocked Filter Plate and Grit Block Disk keep any over-extracted coffee and sediment from flowing out. You’ll also see a clearly marked maximum water level line, which makes filling the French Press with the right amount of water convenient and easy. 

Effortless to maintain, the Zojirushi French Press SK-XAE10’s 1 liter capacity allows you to brew up to four cups of coffee at a time and includes a coffee scoop that takes the guesswork out when brewing the perfect cup of coffee your French Press. The French Press features a lid that can be completely disassembled and its wide opening makes cleaning easy and simple.

What do you think of our new French Press? Are you a French Press fan or a Drip Coffee fan? Share your thoughts with us on social by tagging your photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram! #Zojirushi

Meet Zojirushi’s Product of the Month: Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-TSC10A/18A

Have you met the newest Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-TSC10A/18A? This beauty comes packed with healthy features that will make it so much easier for you to plan nutritious and healthy meals. From quinoa to steel cut oatmeal, this truly versatile rice cooker will cook grains perfectly effortlessly.



Features

This rice cooker comes in two sizes, a 5.5 cups capacity for smaller households and a 10 cups capacity for larger families. Whatever size you choose, each Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-TSC10A/18A comes with a beautiful stainless gray exterior and a microcomputer with our signature Fuzzy logic technology, which adjusts cooking times and temperatures to ensure perfect results time after time.


Like all of our products, this Zojirushi rice cooker was designed with both style and functionality in mind, with a retractable cord for easy storage, a clear-coated stainless steel exterior, an LCD control panel with Clock and Timer functions, and a convenient detachable inner lid for effortless cleaning. Accessories include a steaming basket, rice measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula, and spatula holder.




Settings

These Zojirushi rice cookers can cook rice, healthy grains like quinoa or brown rice, steel cut oatmeal, and steam veggies all at the touch of a button. Simply choose your desired setting and let the Micom Rice Cooker do the rest for you. Use the steaming basket and select the “steam” menu setting to steam your favorite vegetables, fish, or dumplings. For those busy mornings when you don’t have time prepare breakfast, set up the timer the night before and have delicious steel cut oatmeal ready the next morning ready for everyone to enjoy while you get a few more minutes to sleep.

If you’re cooking rice, select which type of rice you will be cooking, and come back when you hear the machine’s cheerful melody or beep signal that lets you know your rice is ready. There is an automatic “keep warm” setting that will keep your rice hot and fresh for you and a delay timer that allows you to choose at which exact time you want the rice cooker to have your rice perfectly cooked.



Rice menu settings include

  • White/sushi
  • Mixed
  • Porridge
  • Sweet
  • Brown
  • Cake
  • Steam
  • Quick-cooking

To see the Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer in action, watch our product video on YouTube. Looking for rice or other recipe ideas to use with your rice cooker? Visit Zojirushi.com to discover our library of dishes that you can easily make with the help of your Zojirushi appliances.

Now that you’ve been introduced to the Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-TSC10A/18A, which feature do you look most forward to using? Will it be rice, dumplings, or quinoa? Be sure to share your dishes with us on social by tagging your photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram! #Zojirushi #ZoFan

Everything You Need to Know about Rice Flour

Rice is by far one of the most versatile foods on the planet, feeding over half of the world every day. But did you know that when it’s ground into a fine powder, rice is a gluten-free, silky smooth, and nutrient-rich flour alternative for home bakers? It’s easy to make, easy to use, and easy to incorporate into your favorite Zojirushi breadmaker recipes. Let us show you why.

What is Rice Flour?

Simply put, rice flour is a fine flour made by grinding rice grains of all types. You can buy pre-ground rice flour at the store but grinding rice flour at home gives you more room to experiment with different rice varieties and to find the taste and texture you love most.

Different types of rice flour include:

  • Glutinous rice flour
  • Brown rice flour
  • Black rice flour
  • White rice flour
  • Wet-milled rice flour: You can also differentiate your rice flour by determining how it was milled. Rice flour can be made from dry rice grains, or alternatively, wet rice grains that were soaked in water prior to milling. Wet-milled rice is a traditional Korean milling technique and a more expensive process for making rice flour which is almost always stored frozen. Some people prefer wet-milled rice flour for making moist foods, like Korean tteok or Korean rice cakes.

You can easily make rice flour at home in a grain mill, blender, coffee grinder, or even food processor. If you plan on making your own rice flour, make sure to start with small amounts so that the rice can blend into a finer powder consistency. Adding too much rice at once can result in large chunks or an uneven consistency. The finer your rice flour, the better it will be for baking.

Brown rice vs. white rice: Different types of rice will result in different flavors, which adds to the beauty of baking with rice flours. White rice tends to be the most neutral tasting, but brown rice flour will have a more earthy taste. Brown rice also has a higher source of fiber, so it can be easier to digest.

After you’ve made your homemade rice flour, make sure to label and date it and store in in the fridge or freezer for up to a year.

What are the benefits of Rice Flour?

You might be wondering, is rice flour healthy? The short answer is yes! Rice flour made from white or brown rice is naturally gluten-free and a great alternative for anyone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. It’s also low in sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat, and because it is enriched with vitamins and minerals, it gives you more nutritional bang for your buck. Because rice has high amounts of fiber, it’s easy on the stomach as well. Lastly, rice is also affordable and has a long shelf life, so you don’t have to worry about your rice flour going bad anytime soon.

Our Favorite Zojirushi Rice Flour Recipes

Now that you’ve learned all you need to know about rice flour, are you ready to start baking? Here are some of our top rice flour recipe recommendations that you can make in your Zojirushi breadmaker for a sweet or savory snack the whole family will enjoy.

You can make any of these below recipes using the “gluten free course” on your Zojirushi Breadmaker or using the Home Made feature on the Home Bakery Supreme® Breadmaker BB-CEC20. For our friends with the Home Bakery Mini BB-HAC10, find gluten free recipes in the instruction manual or try the Butter Mochi recipe below.

Gluten Free Brown Rice Bread: In this recipe, we mix brown rice flour with eggs to add flavor, protein, and moisture to the bread. Potato starch and xanthan gum are used to replace the gluten. Perfect for sandwiches, toast, or your favorite jams and butters.

 

Butter Mochi: A savory dessert that uses sweet rice flour for a soft and chewy cake. You may see these around Hawaii, where it’s a local gluten-free favorite.

 

Gluten & Guilt Free Donuts: Fluffy and delicious, you won’t notice the difference with regular donuts. These sweet treats are best enjoyed with a cup of coffee and sharing with friends and family.

 

 

For more rice flour or gluten-free bread recipes, visit our breadmaker recipe page on our website.

Do you have any special rice flour recipes or tips to share with us? Let us know on social media by tagging your photos on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! #Zojirushi #ZoFan

Meet Zojirushi’s Full Breadmaker Lineup: Choosing the Right Breadmaker for You

As you know, at Zojirushi we draw inspiration from daily life. And with that in mind, there are few items as relevant to everyday life as bread and bread products. We launched our very first breadmaker, the Home Bakery Breadmaker, in 1988 (over 30 years ago!) and haven’t looked back since. Today, we offer four different breadmakers, each with a wide range of capabilities that allow them to bake different types of breads and some even make jam, pizza dough, meatloaf, and bake gluten-free bread. With all these different features, we thought that it would be a good idea to introduce you to each breadmaker to help you choose the right machine for you. Are you ready to meet the breadmaker members of our family?

Zojirushi Breadmaker Models

Our four breadmakers are as follows (pictured left to right):

The “Supreme” and “Virtuoso” are the bigger capacity breadmakers, while the “Mini” and “Maestro” are the smaller breadmakers. An easy way to distinguish between the breadmakers sizes is by looking at the numbers at the end of each product ID. If it ends in a “10,” it’s smaller. If it ends in a “20,” it’s larger.

We make a breadmaker that fits every household, each packed with settings for different types of breads to fit your own preferences and dietary needs. There are two different sizes of bremakers that make two types of bread shapes: vertical and horizontal.

Models Home Bakery Maestro® Breadmaker BB-SSC10 and Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker BB-HAC10 bake a 1-lb. mini loaf in a vertical shape. This small loaf is large enough to make about 5 sandwiches. If you like baking your own pizza at home, the dough made in the 1-lb. breadmakers is enough to make an 11” pizza.

Models Home Bakery Virtuoso® Plus Breadmaker BB-PDC20 and Home Bakery Supreme® Breadmaker BB-CEC20 bake a 1.5-2lb. loaf in a traditional horizontal shape. When the loaf can yield up to 16 slices of bread and if you’re interested in pizza dough you can make enough for two 12” pizzas.

Zojirushi Breadmaker Features and Specifications
After choosing the best size breadmaker that fits your needs, let’s dive into some of the different functions each breadmaker offers. If you’re looking to make specific types of breads, like multi-grain, vegan, or gluten free make sure to take a close look at the preset courses in this chart:

To learn more about Zojirushi breadmaker Course Settings, visit this link.

All Zojirushi breadmakers include:

  • Full color recipe booklet
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon
  • Instructional video

Closing Thoughts and Tips on How to Make Bread

Though our breadmakers may look different and have different course settings and customization options, it’s essential to follow the same guidelines for all Zojirushi breadmakers to ensure that you bake a perfect loaf every time. Here is a snapshot of the basics about bread you need to know when you start baking!

  1. Use fresh ingredients and measure accurately
  2. Attach blade(s) to the baking pan
  3. Add ingredients in the correct order
  4. Select the course and hit START! Happy baking!

Now that you’ve met all of our breadmakers, which exciting feature are you looking forward to using for your next baking adventure? Did you learn anything new about bread and how to make bread? Be sure to share your dishes with us on social by tagging your photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram! #Zojirushi #ZoFan