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Best Pot Clay Pot for Waterless Cooking

Best Pot is a clay pot that enables waterless cooking, made by combining cast iron and Banko-Yaki, a specialty product from Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture.

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A long-standing company with a history of over 100 years. They utilize their own expertise to develop and produce products in order to preserve the local traditional craft of Mankoyaki pottery in Yokkaichi for future generations.

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Preserving the Cook's Intention in the Preparation
The "Best Pot" was developed with the intention of creating a pot that can cook while preserving not only the taste of the food but also the emotions and intentions of the cook. By combining Banko-Yaki, a specialty product from Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture, with cast iron, we have created a clay pot that allows for waterless cooking.

High Far-Infrared Radiation Emissivity of Banko-Yaki
The Banko-Yaki clay pot has a gentle temperature rise during heating and a high far-infrared radiation emissivity. It not only heats the ingredients thoroughly from the core but also retains heat, allowing for residual heat cooking and thorough flavor infusion. To further enhance the potential of Banko-Yaki clay pots, we developed a glaze by mixing volcanic ash from Mount Aso. By using this glaze on the inner pot, we can achieve a stable and high level of far-infrared radiation. The far-infrared radiation emissivity is an impressive 80% or more, ensuring that heat reaches the core of the food and allows for delicious cooking. The pot's wing-kettle shape ensures even heating throughout, and its double-layered structure promotes convection within the pot. The ingredients cooked slowly and gently from the core will fully bring out their natural flavors.

A survey revealed that among those who compared rice cooked using the same rice and water, the rice cooked with the "Best Pot" was voted as having the "sweetest flavor and aroma" (*The survey was conducted with a total of 84 monitors including employees, cooperative companies, and university students). While individuals have different preferences for rice, such as soft or firm, sticky or fluffy, the rice cooked with the "Best Pot" was mainly chosen for its "sweetness" and "aroma."

Impeccable Construction to Retain Flavor
In waterless cooking, the pot's tightness of air is crucial to prevent the loss of both the flavor and nutrients of the ingredients. To achieve this, we selected a cast iron lid with a certain weight to prevent steam from bubbling up from the inside. Our precision cutting technology, which guarantees an accuracy within a margin of error of 1/1000 mm for processing metal precision parts, was also applied to ceramics, which are inherently hard and fragile. By precisely cutting the lid and pot, we eliminate any opportunities for the flavor to escape from the ingredients (*The thickness of a human hair is about 1/10 mm).

Versatile Cooking Utensil for Various Dishes
The Best Pot is not only suitable for waterless cooking but also for simmering, making soups, and steaming. You can even use it to prepare dishes like chashu (braised pork) and pudding. Waterless cooking with ingredients high in moisture allows you to create dishes with rich flavors.

You can also use it for stir-frying, but please make sure the pot is thoroughly heated before using.

The Journey to the Development of "Best Pot"
We didn't originally envision creating a collaborative product with Banko-Yaki. We had been in discussions with a ceramics manufacturer since around January 2017 to create a pot for waterless cooking using Mino-Yaki from Gifu Prefecture. However, due to its unsuitability as a pot material and the difficulties in reproducing its shape with ceramics, we reluctantly gave up on the idea. At that time, the president of the ceramics company recommended Banko-Yaki, a specialty product from Yokkaichi with a history of nearly 300 years since the Edo period.

Banko-Yaki has a reputation as a "durable clay pot" and has become one of the leading heat-resistant ceramic brands in the country. We immediately approached several manufacturers of Banko-Yaki, but the response we received was always "it's impossible to create such a shape." It seemed that achieving our goal would be difficult... Feeling stuck, our company president, Mr. Yamazoe, suddenly remembered his high school classmate, Mr. Yasuji Mizutani, who is currently primarily involved in making Banko-Yaki clay pots and Japanese tableware at Mizutani Shoten.

Our company values the spirit of challenge, as evidenced by our motto "We can cut anything except air," and Mr. Mizutani has always maintained an attitude of "let's give it a try first" and has told those around him, "If there's something that can't be done elsewhere, bring it to us." The reunion of the two parties, who were moving in the same direction, after more than 20 years was fortunate for our company.

"A two-layered pot is a shape that has never been seen before in ceramics. It was uncertain whether it could be realized, but I didn't want to say 'it's impossible'," said Mr. Mizutani. "Even if it was challenging, we couldn't compromise on that," added Mr. Yamazoe.

The "Best Pot" was completed through the combination of the technologies developed by both parties and the shared determination to take on challenges. We would be delighted if it could be incorporated into people's lives as a means of conveying their feelings through the food they eat.

How to Use the "Best Pot"
The clay pot has tiny invisible holes. To seal these holes, a starchy substance such as rice starch is used as a substitute adhesive, known as "mendome."

Rinse the clay pot with water, thoroughly wipe it dry (heating it while wet can cause it to crack). Then, make rice porridge, turn off the heat once it's cooked, and let it sit for at least an hour. After the clay pot has cooled sufficiently, remove the rice porridge, rinse the clay pot with water, and the mendome process is complete. *If mendome is not applied, there is a risk of water leakage or cracking when heated.

Also, since the clay pot has excellent heat retention, there is a risk of it cracking if soaked in water while still hot. After use, make sure to let it cool down to room temperature before washing. Storing it in a humid place or while it's still wet can cause mold. It is recommended to thoroughly dry it before storing, without putting it in a box or bag. Heating the pot while the exterior is wet can cause cracks.

The lid is made of cast iron, so the cut parts may develop rust. It is rust from the cast iron, so it does not pose any harm to the human body. However, applying edible oil to the exposed parts of the cast iron will help prevent rust. Also, wiping off moisture and storing it in a low-humidity place will help prevent rust. If rust appears, it can be removed by using a commercially available rust remover.

Preserving Cook's Intentions - Banko-Yaki Clay Pot for Waterless Cooking

High Far-Infrared Emissivity - Banko-Yaki Pot with Volcanic Ash Glaze

Best Pot Survey Results - Voted Sweetest Flavor and Aroma

Impeccable Construction - Tight Seal for Retaining Flavor and Nutrients

Versatile Cooking Utensil - Waterless, Simmering, Steaming, and More

Specifications

Best Pot Mini Shallow
Size: Diameter approximately 13.3cm / Width approximately 14.8cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 4.5cm / Height approximately 8cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 500g, Lid 500g, Total 1kg / Capacity 300ml
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue, Tea Leaf Green, Maroon Red, Ash Grey

Best Pot Mini
Size: Diameter approximately 14.8cm / Width approximately 17.4cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 7cm / Height approximately 11cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 910g, Lid 540g, Total 1.45kg / Capacity 550ml
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue, Tea Leaf Green, Maroon Red, Ash Grey

Best Pot 16cm
Size: Diameter approximately 16cm / Width approximately 21cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 9cm / Height approximately 13.5cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 1.1kg, Lid 1kg, Total 2.1kg / Capacity 1.5 liters
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue, Tea Leaf Green, Maroon Red, Ash Grey

Best Pot 20cm
Size: Diameter approximately 20cm / Width approximately 24cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 10cm / Height approximately 14.5cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 2kg, Lid 1.3kg, Total 3.3kg / Capacity 2.0 liters
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue, Tea Leaf Green, Maroon Red, Ash Grey

Best Pot 25cm Shallow
Size: Diameter approximately 25cm / Width approximately 28.5cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 9cm / Height approximately 14.5cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 2.4kg, Lid 2.1kg, Total 4.5kg / Capacity 2.7 liters
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue

Best Pot 25cm
Size: Diameter approximately 25cm / Width approximately 30cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 14cm / Height approximately 19.5cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 3.5kg, Lid 2.2kg, Total 5.7kg / Capacity 3.4 liters
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue

Best Pot 20cm IH (Induction Heating Compatible)
Size: Diameter approximately 20cm / Width approximately 24cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 10cm / Height approximately 14.5cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 2.7kg, Lid 1.3kg, Total 4kg
Material: Stainless Steel, Carbon, Ceramic, Cast Iron, Enamel
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue


Notes
*The handles and knobs of the pot can become hot, so always use pot holders or similar utensils and avoid touching them with bare hands.

*When using metal cooking utensils, there is a possibility that the color of the metal may transfer to the pot upon contact.

*When washing, please rinse with water just like you would with an earthenware pot. Earthenware pots have countless invisible holes, and there is a possibility that detergent may seep into them. If dirt remains, try soaking the pot in water with baking soda.

*Avoid using a dishwasher as there is a risk of the pot breaking.

*If the inside of the pot has stubborn burnt stains, fill the pot with water (avoid using hot water) and add about 2 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Heat the pot on the stove. Boiling and leaving it for a day will make it easier to remove the burnt stains.

Nakamura Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a long-established company with a history of over 100 years and is also known as the "Real Downtown Rocket." For a long time, it operated as a subcontractor, manufacturing precision machinery parts. However, after the Lehman Shock, its sales decreased by 90%. Nevertheless, they never gave up and under the guiding principle of the previous generation's words, "We will cut anything except air," they embarked on new initiatives such as the development of their own products.

As a result, their efforts bore fruit in 2015 with the release of the titanium-made seal called "SAMURA-IN," showcasing their exceptional cutting-edge technology. By creating products recognized by society, they significantly improved their main business performance. Now they are involved in the manufacturing of state-of-the-art machine parts, including components for space rockets, industrial robots, and electric vehicle motors.

In recent years, they have also incorporated their technical expertise to preserve the local traditional craft of Mankoyaki pottery in Yokkaichi. One of their distinctive features is their proactive approach to enter declining and defunct industries, utilizing their own technologies to prevent the loss of valuable skills and craftsmanship.

As part of their efforts to preserve Mankoyaki pottery for future generations, they have created the "Best Pot." Mobilizing their accumulated expertise, they achieved the realization of a unique shape of earthen pot that was once considered impossible. They have successfully completed a pottery that combines high heat retention and heat resistance.

Their goal is to continue creating products that bring smiles to as many households and individuals as possible.

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  • eriko2182
    218 days ago

    Since I'm local, I applied because I wanted to use one.

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    (地元なので一つは使ってみたいと思い申し込みました。)

  • 株式会社MOLATURA

    Thank you eriko2182. I will do my best to contribute to the local community.

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    (eriko2182様ありがとうございます。地域に貢献できるよう頑張ります。)

  • No-name
    218 days ago

    I live in Mie prefecture. It was introduced in the Chunichi Shimbun and decided to purchase it.
    I am from Iga, so I am interested in pottery. This pot has a gentle shape, and it seems that the food will be delicious and gentle. I look forward to receiving it. We will continue to support the development of new products.

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    (三重県在住です。中日新聞で紹介されていて、購入を決めました。
    私は伊賀の出身ですので、焼き物には興味があります。このお鍋は形も優しくてなんだかお料理も美味しく優しい味になりそうです。届くのを楽しみにしています。これからも、新しい商品の開発を応援しています。)

  • 株式会社MOLATURA

    Hiroko Mizutani. Thank you for your purchase. It is an earthenware pot that challenges the shape that has never existed before! Fun to watch! Eat and enjoy! I hope you will become one. We will continue to develop new products, so please support us.

    Google Translated Comment Show Original Comments

    (水谷弘子様。ご購入ありがとうございます。今までにない形状に挑戦した土鍋です!みて楽しく!食べて美味しく!なっていただければと思います。今後も新しい商品を開発していくので応援お願い致します。)

  • 紫ちん
    218 days ago

    When I saw the Chunichi Shimbun, I really wanted it. When it arrives, I would like to make a lot of anhydrous dishes.

    Google Translated Comment Show Original Comments

    (中日新聞を見て是非欲しいと思いました。届きましたら、沢山の無水料理を作ってみたいと思います。)

  • 株式会社MOLATURA

    Thank you Mr. Violet. Please try it with various dishes! !

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    (紫ちん様 ありがとうございます。是非いろんな料理で試してみてください!!)

  • No-name
    218 days ago

    Since the color of the lid changes, I decided to purchase only the 16cm one first and then consider the 20cm one in the future.

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    (蓋の色が変わるということでまずは16cmのみを購入してから、今後20cmを検討することにしました。)

  • 株式会社MOLATURA

    Dear Ange912, I am sorry that the color of the lid has changed. We are considering to support other colors in the future, so please contact us again at that time.

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    (Ange912様
    蓋の色が変わってしまい申し訳ございません。今後他の色でも対応出来るように検討中ですのでその時はまたよろしくお願い致します。)

  • N.MAE
    218 days ago

    It's a very stylish design!
    I bought this because I thought it would be perfect for a Mother's Day gift.
    I was born and raised in the same Yokkaichi, and I support them.
    Please do your best!

    Google Translated Comment Show Original Comments

    (とってもオシャレなデザインです!
    母の日のプレゼントにぴったりだと思い、購入しました。
    私も同じ四日市で生まれ育ち、応援しています。
    ぜひ頑張ってください!)

  • 株式会社MOLATURA

    Thank you N.MAE! I was also particular about the shape of the pot, so I would be happy if you said so! I would like to liven up Yokkaichi, so please support me!

    Google Translated Comment Show Original Comments

    (N.MAE様
    ありがとうございます!鍋の形にもこだわったのでそういって頂けると嬉しいです!四日市を盛り上げていきたいと思いますので
    応援よろしくお願い致します!)

  • isabele970
    218 days ago

    I'm looking forward to it ♪ Good luck! !

    Google Translated Comment Show Original Comments

    (楽しみにしています♪頑張れ!!)

  • 株式会社MOLATURA

    Thank you isabele970! I will do my best to meet your expectations!

    Google Translated Comment Show Original Comments

    (isabele970様
    ありがとうございます!期待に応えれるよう頑張ります!)

MOLATURA

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A long-standing company with a history of over 100 years. They utilize their own expertise to develop and produce products in order to preserve the local traditional craft of Mankoyaki pottery in Yokkaichi for future generations.

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Size: Diameter approximately 13.3cm / Width approximately 14.8cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 4.5cm / Height approximately 8cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 500g, Lid 500g, Total 1kg / Capacity 300ml
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue, Tea Leaf Green, Maroon Red, Ash Grey

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Size: Diameter approximately 20cm / Width approximately 24cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 10cm / Height approximately 14.5cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 2kg, Lid 1.3kg, Total 3.3kg / Capacity 2.0 liters
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue, Tea Leaf Green, Maroon Red, Ash Grey

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Size: Diameter approximately 14.8cm / Width approximately 17.4cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 7cm / Height approximately 11cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 910g, Lid 540g, Total 1.45kg / Capacity 550ml
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue, Tea Leaf Green, Maroon Red, Ash Grey

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Size: Diameter approximately 25cm / Width approximately 28.5cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 9cm / Height approximately 14.5cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 2.4kg, Lid 2.1kg, Total 4.5kg / Capacity 2.7 liters
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue

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Size: Diameter approximately 25cm / Width approximately 30cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 14cm / Height approximately 19.5cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 3.5kg, Lid 2.2kg, Total 5.7kg / Capacity 3.4 liters
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue

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Best Pot 20cm IH (Induction Heating Compatible)

Size: Diameter approximately 20cm / Width approximately 24cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 10cm / Height approximately 14.5cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 2.7kg, Lid 1.3kg, Total 4kg
Material: Stainless Steel, Carbon, Ceramic, Cast Iron, Enamel
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue

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Size: Diameter approximately 16cm / Width approximately 21cm (including handles) / Depth approximately 9cm / Height approximately 13.5cm (including lid) / Weight: Pot 1.1kg, Lid 1kg, Total 2.1kg / Capacity 1.5 liters
Colors: Black, White, Indigo Blue, Tea Leaf Green, Maroon Red, Ash Grey

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