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Happy New Year from Zojirushi! This year we want to share more ideas and new recipes that you can try. Plus, more ins and outs on how our products can help you in the kitchen and make your cooking life easier! Some of our most innovative appliances are from our Gourmet line—they’re versatile, safe and easy to use, and ideal for parties and family gatherings. Here are some new recipes that really make use of our griddles and skillets—read on and discover ways to use them that you may not have known before. Stay toasty this January by bringing the warmth to your dining table!
Our Gourmet products can cook in ways that you may not have known. When you maximize their versatility, it’s like owning 2 or 3 appliances in one!
Tender beef stew is best cooked by a slow cooker. Don’t have one? Fear not, if you have a Zojirushi Gourmet Skillet. Let our skillet function as a safe slow cooker, and try this juicy stew; flavored with exquisite red wine.
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TABLETOP COOKING: Hot pots are all the rage right now, especially during the cold winter months. Ours uses layers of vegetables and pork slices to create a flavorful dish that you can share with everyone at the dinner table. Tell your guests to get their phones ready and post this beauty!
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TABLETOP COOKING: Dak-galbi is a spicy chicken stir-fry that is meant to be eaten communally at the dinner table. Our griddle makes it easy to cook this Korean favorite, made even better with melty, bubbly cheese that will balance out the chili pepper zing.
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Many international dishes are prepared and cooked in ways that are very different from our traditional ways of grilling, frying, baking or boiling. Some of these not-so-ordinary methods haven’t changed in centuries, even today—could it be that maybe that’s the best way to begin with? Check these out:
This Hawaiian dish is traditionally cooked in an underground pit called an imu. An entire pig is baked whole this way, placed on hot stones and vegetation that have been layered on a fire in the pit. The selection of dry stones is important, so that any stones containing moisture will not explode from the high heat. The hot stones are also placed inside the pig so it will cook from the inside. Banana leaves are then used to wrap and protect the pig from the soil as it is buried underground to cook for a whole day.

You can see this amazing, almost ritualistic cooking ceremony at most Hawaiian luaus, as they bring out the entire pig from out of the ground and serve this smoky, tender pork dish to all of the guests. Many Hawaiian families still cook Kalua Pork this way in their own backyard pits, so rest assured it’s not just for tourists.

Like the music of chirping cicadas during the summer, there is nothing like the call of the sweet potato vendors during the winter in Japan. These days the chanting of “yaki-imo, ishi-yaki-imo” is probably going to be heard from a recording over loudspeakers, than a street vendor’s singing; but it’s still a welcome song anyway when it’s cold outside. Japanese sweet potatoes, known as satsuma imo, usually have a purplish skin and white flesh—which turns bright yellow when baked.

The “ishi” in “ishi-yaki-imo” refers to the stones that are used to slow cook the potatoes as they bake over the rocks, which the street vendors use in special ovens in their carts. If they sell it to you in the traditional style, you’ll get them wrapped in newspaper—the potato skin is easy to peel off, and the sweet taste will be like the most satisfying dessert you’ve ever had.

Pronounced “yeeros”, this is a popular Greek dish made traditionally with pork or chicken, although you can find it made with beef, veal or lamb outside of the country. The way it is usually cooked is what makes a gyro unique—on a vertical rotisserie grill that slowly turns as it cooks from the heating elements along the sides. The idea behind it being vertical is so that the juices from the top of the slab of meat can continually baste the rest of it below, producing a juicy delicacy that never dries out. The meat is in the shape of a cone as well, so the juices can flow down naturally.

Once it’s done, the meat is sliced thinly by shaving strips of it right off the rotisserie spit with a knife. Gyros are often served with pita bread in a wrap with fresh tomato, onion and tzatziki—a seasoned yogurt sauce.

Zojirushi Gourmet products offer a variety of electric grills, griddles and roasters that can take care of virtually any kind of cooking—easily, safely, quickly and some of them, right on your tabletop. From broiling fish to braising chicken, these specialized appliances were made to expand your cooking skills and increase your repertoire.
The first portable fish roaster becomes widely popular as a safe way to broil fish right at the table or kitchen countertop. With fish being an important ingredient in Japanese cuisine, the ability to roast fish without the worry of excess smoke and odor is indispensable.   Westerners were first introduced to this type of grilling with the Hibachi, a small charcoal grill that was portable. Grilling is a very popular cooking method in Japan, and when Zojirushi came out with an electric version, barbecue could be enjoyed inside the home.   Zojirushi introduces their first electrical hot plate to the Japanese home. This type of flat griddle cooking, or teppanyaki, got started after WWII as street vendors would cook on scrap sheet metal. Many dishes can be cooked this way, including okonomiyaki (Japanese style savory pancakes) and yakisoba (pan fried noodles).   With its deep inner pan and ability to cook stews and hot pots, this tabletop appliance comes from irori cooking style, the sunken hearth common in ancient Japanese homes. The hot pot was, and still is, a communal cooking style where everyone shares from the same pot. Zojirushi simply made it safer and more convenient.
Zojirushi Gourmet products offer a variety of electric grills, griddles and roasters that can take care of virtually any kind of cooking—easily, safely, quickly and some of them, right on your tabletop. From broiling fish to braising chicken, these specialized appliances were made to expand your cooking skills and increase your repertoire.
  BBQ (Barbecue):
A typical Japanese barbecue is all about yakiniku and yakitori. While Americans grill hamburgers and hotdogs in the backyard, most Japanese families grill bite sized pieces of marinated meat or chicken kabobs on bamboo skewers indoors; and on the family dining table. This type of cooking is done on a gridiron, unlike teppanyaki, which is done on a skillet.
In the U.S., the teppanyaki is most known for the chefs who flip shrimps onto your plate and juggle the pepper shakers. But in Japan, there are many other kinds such as okonomiyaki, monja-yaki and yakisoba. At home, the teppan grill is brought to the center of the table, and bite sized portions of meat, fish and fresh vegetables are grilled as you eat. The dipping sauce which accompanies this dish is the key to this meal.
The Japanese hot pot style has been around for generations, where the meal is centered around a boiling pot of ingredients like meat, fish, tofu or vegetables. Popular hot pot dishes such as sukiyaki, shabu-shabu and chanko-nabe are easy to make; so easy that they can be cooked right at the dinner table as you enjoy the company of friends.
Safety features below are included for you to enjoy tabletop cooking without worries.
Body Guard:   Safety Mechanism:   Cool Touch Handles:   Magnetic Power Cord:
<EA-BDC10, EA-DCC10, EP-RAC50 (Flat Plate Only)>
A heat resistant housing surrounds the cooking pan or plate to protect from accidental contact with the hot surface.
  <EA-BDC10, EA-DCC10, EB-DLC10, EB-CC15>
Unique safety mechanism ensures that the plate does not heat unless installed correctly.
  <All Models>
Stay cool, easy grip handles are designed for safe balance and transport of the unit from place to place. Moving the appliance while in operation or when filled with food is not recommended.
  <EP-RAC50, EP-PBC10>
A detachable power cord is included—easily attached magnetically, but quick to detach in the event of an accidental pull or yank. This prevents the unit from being pulled off the kitchen counter or table during operation.
Our Gourmet products are more versatile than you think. Take a look at some of our recipes and we'll show you how to use them for a variety of dishes.
Next month is Valentine’s Day! Look out for some sweetheart recipes from Zojirushi!