Happy New Year from Zojirushi!

We hope you all had a wonderful New Year! The New Year marks a fresh start for all of us. It is a chance to trade in old habits for better ones otherwise known as resolutions. It is a path to spring cleaning, healthy eating and mending relationships. What better way to start fresh this year than at the table? If you have been meaning to make more meals at home or use more produce from your local farmers market, then go for it! Clean out the fridge, and stock up with local winter produce. Let the freshest fruits and vegetables guide your daily menu inspiration. Let us help you in the kitchen with our wonderful line of rice cookers and indoor griddles and grills. It is our firm belief that shared food creates shared memories that last a lifetime. With very best wishes for 2013, Happy Cooking!

Panko: A uniquely Japanese item

It’s surprising how many people in the US aren’t familiar with panko.  The light-as-air breadcrumbs are not your all American store-bought breadcrumbs nor are they the homemade variety of your mother’s generation. In a category all its own, panko has a light and delicate quality to it that offers the perfect airy crunch to most proteins. In the Japanese cuisine, you will find most deep-fried food such as tonkatsu, croquette and ebi furai coated with panko; it creates a deliciously crispy coating on the outside. In fact, you have probably seen the gold and flaky meat on white rice showcased in the window of your local Japanese restaurant. While panko is becoming increasingly well known across the states, we are seeking for more creative ways to put a new twist on this old favorite.

These flaky morsels are made with crustless bread making them less likely to absorb oil and grease. They are the perfect breading to achieve a light, non-greasy fry. In the states, we have seen a new wave of panko recipes with items like fried chicken, eggplant parmesan, crab cakes, cobblers and salted caramel panko shortbread. These crunchy flaky breadcrumbs can be used wherever traditional breadcrumbs are called for and more. They will add a uniquely light crunch to any meal that will be sure to impress guests and get the conversation started.

Panko can be found in the international aisle of most grocery stores as well as in your local Japanese market. Sprinkle it on top of a seasonal gratin, fruit cobbler or even as part of a crunchy pie crust. As always, be sure to share your creative use of panko with us on Facebook (facebook.com/zojirsuhiUSA) and Twitter (@ZojirushiUSA). We look forward to seeing your creations!

Japanese Traditions

The art of calligraphy, dating back to the art form introduced by China in the sixth or seventh century, is still an important element in the Japanese culture today. The brush dipped in ink is used to create an art of characters, using various shading of the ink while maintaining accurate composition of each characters.

In January a very special Japanese tradition is celebrated. On the 2nd of the month, the first calligraphy writing of the New Year called Kakizome (書初め) is held. This is when we write words or phrases that symbolize our resolutions or wishes for the year to come.

Product of The Month: Gourmet d’Expert® Electric Skillet EP-PBC10

This multi-functional electric skillet allows you to cook many things, from sautéing to stewing, and grilling as well.  The adjustable temperature setting can keep your dish at a specific temperature, so it is a must have product for parties and get-togethers. It is easy to use and easy to clean with its titanium infused ceramic cooking surface. And it is the ideal tool for a warm at-the-table dining. Let the fun of hotpot cooking begin!

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Visit Zojirushi 101 for delicious recipes and fun tips for hotpots!

The Holiday Season

Winter

December is a time for celebration in many traditions. It is a time to come together with the people you love over big meals, and celebrate life. At Zojirushi, we work hard to help cultivate the magic at the table. If we can make your experience in the kitchen easier and more convenient, then we are doing our job.

Whether you are making something simple, or something complex, what’s important is that you’re making it with love. A meal made at home is a meal worth sharing. No matter how you choose to celebrate this December, we hope you are sharing these moments with the people you love. As always, we would love to hear from you this holiday season with pictures and stories from your home kitchen. To see how you use our products and recipes of your own is why we do what we do. Here’s to a season filled with good meals and love. Happy cooking!

Onigiri, a common Japanese food

Heard of sushi? Sashimi? What about onigiri? Most people in the states may have not. Onigiri is simply white rice formed into a triangular or oval shape and filled with anything from fish to pickles and wrapped in seaweed. Sound delicious? While this standard Japanese food closely resembles sushi, it is not a form of sushi. The rice used for onigiri is plain rice or sometimes lightly salted, while rice used for sushi is seasoned with vinegar, sugar and salt. This simple treat, sometimes called rice balls, is found in convenience stores across Japan and other parts of Asia. If there is a Japanese supermarket nearby, you may even find it there too!

These rice balls are rich with Japanese history. Dating back to the 11th century, Lady Murasaki, a Japanese novelist and a poet, wrote of people eating tonjiki, the original name of onigiri, in her well known diary Murasaki Shikibu Nikki. And as rice balls made rice portable, samurai were known to pack them in a bamboo sheath and take them as their meal during battles. It wasn’t until the 1980s however, that these snacks were mass produced by machines and became widely available in stores.

A simple item made of seaweed, rice and a salty something in the middle might not sound too appealing to the standard American palate. Some folks might find it boring, unfamiliar or just plain too heavy for an afternoon pick-me-up. In Japan, however, that is exactly what it is — a little sustenance on the way back to the train station.

To understand onigiri, is to begin to understand Japanese cuisine. How? With a few basic ingredients, you can find depth that spans centuries. Next time you are in your local Japanese supermarket, keep an eye out for the onigiri shelf. Pick out few different fillings, take them home and experiment. You might be surprised by what you find. You can also always make your own onigiri at home. With a Zojirushi rice cooker, you are more than halfway there!

Product of the Month: Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer NP-NVC10/18

Our December Product of the Month is the most innovative rice cooker from Zojirushi, the Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer NP-NVC10/18.  It uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) that allows the rice cooker to actually learn from your cooking history and adjust its cooking cycle for perfect results.  It also cooks rice with the same consistency so that you’ll have tasty rice in summer or winter.  The inner pan is coated with platinum infused nonstick coating which alkalizes the water when poured into the inner cooking pan.  Alkaline water breaks down the protein on the surface of the rice grain and water is able to penetrate the rice grain more easily, making it taste sweeter.  In addition, this machine has 3 pressure settings and multiple menu settings for the best cooking results.

The NP-NVC is by far the most complete and exclusive rice cooker we have offered. This product undoubtedly advances the latest technology and engineering capabilities to provide you with the best rice cooker experience.

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November is here!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already November. October has flown by leaving us in a barren wonderland of brown and orange. School is in full swing and holiday season is just around the corner. At Zojirushi that means one thing— more cooking!

Between the crisp weather, the short days and the holiday season, there is plenty of reason to get together over good food. And, why not make this year different from the rest? Who says Thanksgiving dinner needs to be the same old turkey, string beans and mashed potatoes? Step away from the norms of yesteryear, and make this season your own. Surprise your friends with something completely unexpected this time.  Whether that means a meal made entirely from local ingredients, or turkey enchiladas with rice and beans, we ask you to use your creativity this holiday season.  And as always, Zojirushi will be here to help you along the way.

We look forward to hearing from the most important people in our company: You! We want to see all the individual ways that you create thoughtful and innovative meals this November.  Please share your, stories, pictures and recipes with us on our Facebook and Twitter page. We really look forward to seeing what you create. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Okonomiyaki

How do you like your pancakes? Do you take them with butter, maple syrup, chocolate chips or blueberries? How about pork? What about with bonito flakes and mayonnaise on top? Sounds good? To most Americans, probably not.

Okonomiyaki, or Japanese pancakes, are savory  treats enjoyed for lunch and snack across Japan.  Often filled with things like seafood, bacon, cabbage or green onion, these pancakes are significantly more substantial than their American counterparts.  Okonomi literally means, “what you like” and Yaki means, “grilled” making these sizzling delicacies, quite literally, a mixture of whatever you want.

If you ever have the chance to travel through Japan, be sure to sample okonomiyaki whenever and wherever you can. There are many versions of these pancakes depending on the region. However, you don’t need to cross the pacific to try okonomiyaki. These pancakes are fun and easy to make at home. A simple Google search and a trip to your local Japanese market are all you need to explore new flavors in your own kitchen. And the best way to make okonomiyaki at home? A Zojirushi Gourmet Sizzler® Electric Griddle!

So, next time you’re stumped on what to make for Sunday lunch, why not try something completely new and different? Surprise your family with something they’ve never heard of and never could have imagined.  Happy cooking!

Product of The Month: Home Bakery Virtuoso® Breadmaker BB-PAC20

This month we would like to highlight the Home Bakery Virtuoso® Breadmaker (BB-PAC20).  From our great line of bread machines, this is the newest edition.  If we could sum up the true value of this product it would be versatility.  The technology behind the Virtuoso Breadmaker is amazing.  It is as easy as adding all of the ingredients in the baking pan, closing the lid, and pressing the start button.  With automated settings the Virtuoso knows the correct baking time and temperature to deliver perfect breads every time.  With multiple menu settings, you can bake a variety of breads from white to gluten free to sourdough and even make jam and cake! This product makes baking easy and fun for novice to experts.  The Home Bakery Virtuoso® Breadmaker will make the perfect gift this holiday season!

http://www.zojirushi.com/products/bbpac

At Zojirushi we’ve taken the time to test tons of incredible recipes.  Go to our website to check out all the delicious recipes you can start making in your new breadmaker. http://www.zojirushi.com/user/scripts/user/prod_recipe_list.php?prod_category_id=3

Moving Into Fall

Happy Halloween!

The end of October marks a favorite holiday in the US, Halloween! For many, Halloween means costumes, trick-or-treating and parties. For us, the holiday is a great time to get together with family and friends, and enjoy good times over food and drinks. At Zojirushi, we bring you products that help you entertain effortlessly so that you may focus on the things that really matter.

This season, we’d love to see you get creative with your cooking. Scour your local markets for the freshest and most beautiful ingredients, take cues from our collection of recipes and just have fun with it! From rice cookers to breadmakers to skillets, we’ve got plenty of tools to help you make a great feast.

Don’t forget to share pictures of your creations with us on Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to see how you make Zojirushi your own!

Kawaii Bento

There is an expression often used in Japan to describe the cutest of the cute: “CHO KAWAII”" SUPA KAWAII” meaning “Super Cute”. For as convenient and functional as most things are in Japan, they are often just as cute. We are a culture that has perfected the idea of cute from nail art, to vacuum bottles to home appliances. And, our food is no exception.

Ever heard of a bento box? Bento is a boxed lunch of Japanese cuisine.  It’s a single-portion meal often consisting of rice, fish or meat, as well as cooked and pickled vegetables. You can find bento boxes everywhere in Japan, from a local convenient store to a fancy restaurant. But most people still make their own at home.

Bentos can be traced all the way back to the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), and continues evolving through the times. Although the traditional Hiromaru bento with just rice and a single pickled plum can still be found, the bento has developed into much much more. There is kyaraben, or “character bento” modeled after popular anime characters, and oekakiben or “picture bento” modeled after people, animals, buildings and plants. Yep, that’s right, cute boxed lunches! All you need to do is search “Bento Decorations” to find endless pictures, tips and tools for bento making and designing.  You will find everything from cat shaped rice balls to flower shaped carrots, anime character molds and animal shaped bread.

Preparing a bento is a fun and creative way to get your kids involved in the kitchen. It might take a little bit more time to prepare than your usual peanut butter and jelly, but it’s so much fun! There are so many resources online; you will be making your own edible creations in no time! Don’t forget to share your work with us on Facebook and Twitter. Happy cooking!

KARE RICE

Most Americans associate Japanese food with sushi, some may think of ramen. But do you think about Japanese curry? Believe it or not, curry is one of the most popular menu item in Japanese cuisine. Dating back to the Meiji era (1868-1912), curry has a rich history in Japanese culture. Originally introduced by the British during their occupation of India, curry has since been widely accepted by Japan and is now considered their national dish.

Although it was inspired by Indian curry, Japanese curry has its own flavor and style. Ranging from deep reds to mustard yellows, it’s often served with rice, bread, or udon noodle. A typical Japanese curry sauce has chopped vegetables with chicken, pork or beef. Sometimes it is topped with tonkatsu, breaded deep fried pork cutlet, or a hamburger patty.  Most Japanese homes make curry using instant curry roux. Pre-made, ready-to-eat curry is also widely available in most Japanese supermarkets.

The next time you find yourself in a Japanese market, keep an eye out for the curry section. Japanese curry rice is one of many delicious Japanese comfort food.  Try something new next time because you never know what you might discover. Food is a passageway to new cultures and fascinating histories, so dive in!

Product of the Month: Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-TSC10/18

The Zojirushi Product of the Month for October is the Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-TSC10/18. This is a multi cooker that blends simple functionality with complex technology. It is equipped with a computer chip that automatically adjusts cooking length and temperature accordingly to cook flawless rice. It even has a “Harder Rice” setting that would cook the rice firmer, perfect for pouring curry sauce over! It doubles as a steamer with its Steam menu setting and a steamer basket and it comes with a cake menu setting that lets you bake a cake in your rice cooker! Not to mention, it is attractive with the now so popular brushed stainless steel finish that will definitely go with any kitchen.

http://zojirushi.com/products/nstsc

September Welcomes A New Season

Fall Back Into School

September means one thing for most people—back to school.  And, whether you’re sending your child back for another year, or heading off to college, we have products to make the return to school more exciting. Our Stainless Lunch Jars make the perfect accessory for lunch and snack time. The stackable inner bowls that go inside an insulated container make it easier than ever to have fresh, home-cooked food away from home. Our line of conventional rice cookers and water boilers make simple food that much simpler for the busy and budget conscious college students. Whatever your back to school needs are, we’re confident we have the product to meet them. Wishing you and yours a great school year full of fun and learning.

Eating Seasonably All Year Round

As summer tapers into fall and the days shorten, our local markets fill with new and different produce. We slowly see the end of fresh summer stone fruit and heirloom tomatoes, and welcome a wide variety of squash, cabbage and beans. Our light cravings from long warm days transform into a need for heavier fare to warm us through the colder months. As with summer, all things must come to an end. But with one end, comes a new beginning–fall. At Zojirushi, we welcome this change and look forward to cooking a brand new collection of recipes with seasonal fall produce.

The month of September holds two very interesting celebrations in Japan.  The first is Keiro-No-Hi, Respect For The Elderly Day that is on September 17th.  It is similar to Grandparent’s Day celebrated in America except in Japan all elderly people are recognized and respected on this day.  The second celebration is Jyuugo-ya where we recognize the harvest season and decorate our homes to witness and enjoy the full moon.  Traditionally, people enjoy tsukimi dango, or “moon-viewing rice dumplings” and use seasonal fruits and vegetables as decorations and bring a table outside to gaze at the beauty the full moon brings.

September Is National Rice Month!

In 1991 the Federal Government in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture appointed September to be National Rice Month.  The goal is to promote rice use and consumption.  This month you will find displays and information about rice facts supplied by the USA Rice Federation throughout retail stores. 

Rice has always been an important part of the Japanese diet, and the US has seen a rapid growth in rice consumption in the past few years.  There are two reasons for this growth.  One is the expansion of certain ethnic groups which have always had rice as a part of their daily diet.  The second is the increased exposure Americans get to new foods and cultures.
http://www.usarice.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=114&Itemid=122

In honor of National Rice Month, we are posting one rice recipe a day on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to “Like” or “Follow” us!
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Product of The Month: Stainless Mug (SM-KHE 36/48)

In September, Zojirushi would like to spotlight the Stainless Mug SM-KHE36/48.  This is a very ingenious beverage container.  Designed to keep the contents warm or cold for hours, it also has many features that make this easy to use and amazingly durable.  If you list all the things you’d want in a portable mug you would find those elements in this Zojirushi Stainless Mug: a flip open lid with safety lock that prevents the lid from opening accidently, a stopper that disassembles easily for thorough cleaning, and a Slick Steel™ finish interior that prevents stains and corrosion.  Quite simply, the Zojirushi Stainless Mug is the next evolution in travel mug design and function.

http://www.zojirushi.com/products/smkhe

August Is The Bookend To Summer

It’s hard to believe that August is already here. Summer has flown by in a flurry of farmer’s markets, BBQs and long walks on the beach. The long warm days of summer will slowly shorten as we make our way back to school and into fall. As we enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation, we may also enjoy produce at the height of its harvest: berries, citrus, spinach and summer corn are abundant in markets, and we can’t seem to get enough of those sweet summer melons.

With so much good food at our fingertips, we can’t help but celebrate with loved ones. In a season of such great abundance, it’s only right to share. At Zojirushi, we work hard to create quality products so that you may focus on the shared times–moments, memories and meals. We hope that you have plenty of time to share this month, and that our products make life that much easier in the process.

Katsuobushi, an Unlikely Ingredient in the US.

Ever heard of Katsuobushi? Better known as dried bonito flakes, Katsuobushi is often misunderstood and goes unrecognized by Americans in the kitchen. However, this delicate, featherweight substance might be just the thing you’re looking for to add a unique depth and smokiness to your next dish.

Dating back to the middle of the Edo Period (1603-1868), the production of dried fish is an ancient and traditional process in Japan. Bonito fillets are boiled for 60 to 80 hours and then smoked up to 15 times within a month. After that, the fish is dried in the sun, and finally left in a closed room to ferment for up to two weeks. By the end of this process, the fish is as hard as wood and less than 20% of its original weight. Once the fish is thinly shaved, they are called Katsuobushi.

Katsuobushi is the backbone of many Japanese stocks and sauces as well as the seasoning/decoration on top of many Japanese dishes. With a smoky depth and earthiness, Katsuobushi adds an extra layer of deliciousness to many different meals. In fact, dried bonito was presented by Professor Shintaro Kodama in 1913 as one of the foods containing the umami substance, ribonucleotide IMP. (Umami, to refresh your memory, is considered the 5th flavor. See last month’s blog post for more details on Umami.) Katsuobushi is considered to be one of the most delicious ingredients in Japan, and can be compared to Parmesan cheese in Italian cooking.

Because it is essentially “dried fish flakes”, westerners tend to shy away from this mysterious ingredient, thinking it could be too “fishy” for their palates. In reality, Katsuobushi has a bold savory taste, closer to a cured ham such as prosciutto than a fishy fish. Try using it in soup stocks, sauces and on top of anything from grilled veggies to fresh salads. You might be surprised.

Product of The Month: Neuro Fuzzy® Rice Cooker & Warmer (NS-ZCC10/18)

For August, we would like to spotlight one of our most popular rice cookers from the Micom line, the Neuro Fuzzy® Rice Cooker & Warmer (NS-ZCC10/18). It features our advanced Neuro Fuzzy® logic technology which fine tunes temperature and cooking time according to the thermal sensor’s calculations. Also, the delayed timer allows you to get your rice prepared when it is convenient to you. It comes in two different sizes, the 5.5 cup and the 10 cup, and is a great fit for your culinary needs. If you’re thinking to upgrade from a conventional electric rice cooker, or if you’re looking to buy your first one, this is the product for you!

http://zojirushi.com/products/nszcc

Summer Is In Full Swing

Of all the summer months, July just might be the best. Summer break is in full swing, and fresh produce is at the height of the season. In July, the market is overflowing with sweet corn, delicious melons, and berries so sweet they taste like candy. The rainy months of winter and budding months of spring hit full bloom by July. We are rewarded with the freshest and most delicious produce of the year. The days are long and late afternoon BBQs seem to taper off into magical evenings with friends and family. It’s a time for relaxation, celebration, good food, and shared memories.

We’ve worked hard to create recipes that match the quality of our products. We hope that you make the most of your Zojirushi products this summer, and use our recipes as a guidebook to help you along the way. With an abundance of fresh ingredients this time of year, there’s no doubt you’ll have plenty of inspiration. Zojirushi is so much more than rice and tea, we make it a point to always think outside the box, and hope that you do too. Here’s to a wonderful and healthy July full of great times and culinary creativity!

Miso and the Umami Factor

Umami might be the biggest idea to enter the food world in decades. It’s a word everybody loves to use, an “adjective” sprinkled on menus across the country, but does anyone actually know what it means? Umami is a taste, like salty, sour, or sweet. Most of us in the US are familiar with the four basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter and salty. These are the taste margins that most Americans have grown up within and the structure that’s shaped the American palate. That was, of course, until umami entered the zeitgeist, and changed the game.

Umami is now considered to be one of the five most basic tastes together with salty, bitter, sour and sweet. In Japanese, it’s a noun that comes from the adjective umai “delicious” and the noun mi “taste” that translates, quite literally, as “deliciousness”. How do we pinpoint this flavor profile? Something so new and foreign yet so widely accepted and commonly described, a great place to start is with miso.

Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning \that is made by fermenting soybeans, rice and sometimes barley with salt and fungus. It is used in all types of Japanese cooking from sauces and soups, to spreads and meats. It comes in different colors and variations and can be described as salty, sweet, sour and earthy. It is a complex and intense item with a distinct and unusual flavor profile.

Today Miso is used in all kinds of cooking from savory to sweet. It’s a great way to add depth to meat, veggies, salad dressings and even desserts! And, the best part is, it won’t break the bank. If you’re looking to try something new this month, pick up a few different kinds of Miso, and have fun with it. You might be surprised with what you create!

Product of the Month: Mr. Bento® Stainless Lunch Jar (SL-JAE14)

The weather is one of the great perks of July. Food tastes better, days are longer and the magic of summer is everywhere. There’s plenty to do in all parts of the country during July whether it’s a picnic in a field, dinner at the beach, or a snack in the middle of a long afternoon hike. Wherever you are and whomever you’re with, our Mr. Bento® Stainless Lunch Jar will be the perfect accessory for all your summer fun. Four microwavable inner bowls, a forked spoon and a carrying bag will allow you to take the best from your kitchen with you. And the best part? It will keep your food hot or cold without using a microwave or refrigerator. It’s a great weekender item and also perfect for work, school and summer camp. This is a versatile product and a must for adventurers and food lovers alike!

http://www.zojirushi.com/products/sljae

Welcome Back Summer!

June is the time when all of America sees the start of summer. The days become longer. The breezes are brisk and warm. Gardens begin to bloom and some will even reap an early harvest at the end of the month.

Perhaps you enjoy your own personal garden at home. Or if you are a city dweller maybe you’ve discovered a local green space. Community gardens in urban areas are not just trendy but sustainable. It utilizes abandoned green space and allows a community to come together, creating a sense of a greater belonging. The obvious benefits are the fresh fruits and vegetables you will take part in cultivating.

With the abundance of fresh fruits and produce you can liven up your meals. Incorporate your harvests into your meals as much as possible. Flavor them lightly so you can enjoy the flavor of the produce itself. Or use your herbs generously to enjoy its fragrance and texture.

For most, June starts the busy season of the year. Festivals for music, food, and the arts drive many people together. Schools go into summer break and theme parks and pools become packed with families and tourists. The last thing you want is for things to load you down. Zojirushi has an array of magnificent products that lets you spend more time doing the things you enjoy while still cooking your specialty dishes right at home!

We also celebrate a very important holiday on the third Sunday of this month. Father’s Day lands on June 17th this year. Don’t bore dad with another tie or some car wax. Take a look at all of the gadgets that Zojirushi has to offer. Surprise him with an amazing product from Zojirushi and you will definitely make it a Father’s Day that your dad will never forget!

Product of the Month: Indoor Electric Grill (EB-DLC10)

In June we’d like to highlight our new Zojirushi Indoor Electric Grill (EB-DLC10) as the product of the month. It features a large grilling surface that channels oils away from food for healthy grilling, and its titanium enhanced nonstick coated grilling surface makes cleaning easy after every use!

May Means Fun in the Sun!

With longer days and farm fresh produce, May brings with it the earliest signs of summer.  The sun seems to shine just a little brighter, birds chirp a little louder and everything is in full bloom. After a long winter and nearly nonexistent spring, we are overjoyed to see things beaming and full of life.

May also is a special time in Japan as it marks the end of Golden Week.  It usually starts on April 29, marked by Showa Day, and ends on Children’s Day on May 5th. With two other major holidays in between (and weekends), it turns into a 7-10 day long holiday when businesses close, and the Japanese travel.  If you’ve been having trouble reaching someone in Japan, this may be why!

In May we celebrate: fresh shrimp, sweet strawberries, asparagus and the last cauliflower of the season.  We’ve had so much fun using seasonal ingredients in our recipe tests and are excited to share them with you.  We hope that cooking and sharing our recipes will help you create moments to cherish forever.

Product of the Month: Home Bakery Supreme® Breadmaker (BB-CEC20)

The product of the month for May is our Home Bakery Supreme® Breadmaker (BB-CEC20).  Our quality line of home appliance products extends to a successful line of bread making machines. It bakes a traditional rectangular shaped bread, featuring dual kneading blades, easy to read LCD control panel, a large viewing window so you can watch the progress of your bread as it bakes, and more.  The Home Bakery Supreme® Breadmaker is a unique product.  Not only can you make an array of great artisan breads but you can also make delicious fresh fruit jams to go along with your fresh baked bread! 

http://www.zojirushi.com/products/bbcec

Happy April from Zojirushi

At Zojirushi, we are overjoyed to celebrate the beginning of spring.  To us, spring means new beginnings, great weather, cherry blossoms, and most importantly, the beginning of fresh fruits and vegetables.  The weather is finally getting warmer, and as we peruse our local markets, we begin to see an abundance of new produce that is scarce in winter months.  We love incorporating seasonal produce into our recipes whenever possible and always suggest that you do the same.  Each month brings its own colors, flavors, and magic.  It’s been a winter full of warmth, happiness, tea and rice!  However, as we move into spring and soon summer, we look forward to all that it will bring.

April is a very special month in Japan because it is the time when the cherry blossom trees bloom.  A beautiful canopy of pink and white is set above our streets, and the wind blows petals all around us like snow.  The cherry blossom season is beautiful and fleeting, so it is important to enjoy them while they last.  A common pastime in Japan is to get together with friends and family, and share a meal beneath the shade of a tree.  At Zojirushi, we always encourage you to share special moments with friends and family, and hope that our products can help to enrich those moments.

Product of The Month: Tuff Mug (SM-JA36/48)

The product of the month for April is our Tuff Mug (SM-JA36/48) because the soft pink color of the mug reminds us of the cherry blossoms.  Fill it up with your favorite drink, and the mug will keep it hot or cold for hours; perfect for a picnic under the blue sky, isn’t it?

http://www.zojirushi.com/products/smja