equipment and supplies
A handy video from a top rice cooker maker shows how to take care of your rice cooker.
Where I ponder the question: Why do American cooks do things with cups, not weight?
(This is the web elf. This article is one of the articles Maki instructed to post while she’s on the disabled list.)
If there’s a kitchen appliance that needs a serious image makeover, it’s the pressure cooker. Old myths abound about how dangerous and scary it is to use. Horror tales linger from the olden days of exploding lids and contents getting stuck on the ceiling. I’m not even sure if those stories are acrophyal, but I do admit that I sort of believed them too.
But then I inherited a 20 plus year old pressure cooker a couple of years ago. It belonged to Martha, Max’s mom, and she used it all the time until she wasn’t able to cook any more. It seems that pressure cookers are as ubiquitous in Swiss kitchens as rice cookers are in Japanese ones. (Incidentally, pressure cookers are getting more and more popular in Japan too.) Martha used to use hers for everything from soups to cooking potatoes. After my initial fears, I’ve grown to absolutely love the cooker.
General notes on Germany: The biggest Japanese expat community is in the Düsseldorf area.
Japanese grocery stores and Asian stores that carry Japanese products in France.
Listings for the UK and Ireland.
This page lists stores in New York, North New Jersey and Connecticut - the NYC Tristate area, plus upstate New York. South NJ area stores are listed on the main page.
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Family Market 29-15 Broadway, Astoria Tel: 718-956-7925 10:00am〜1:00am (7 Days)
JAS Mart 35 St. Marks Pl. (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.) Tel: 212-420-6370 11:00am〜11:00pm (Sun - Thu)
General notes on California: Due to the large Asian-American population and sizeable expat communities, Japanese grocery stores are quite plentiful, especially in the Los Angeles area, but throughout the state generally, and there are even more Asian groceries.
I’ve tried to organize the listings by general area, but if I put a town in the totally wrong location let me know!
Merchants that ship worldwide, plus shipping services.
Please limit your suggestions to stores and places that are food-related: edibles, supplies, equipment, etc.