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Ingredients:Hon-mirin (glutinous rice, rice koji, shochu) (Aichi Prefecture)
Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free
Storage: Refrigerate after opening. If you notice some white lees in the mirin, please place the package in a bowl of boiled water until the white lees disappears.
Mirin is a type of Japanese rice wine with a sweet, umami flavor that acts as a complement to saltier ingredients such as soy sauce and miso. It’s an essential seasoning in any Japanese pantry and is used both daily and for special occasions. The quality can range from hon-mirin (lit. “true” mirin) to mirin-like seasonings. One reason for this range is that hon-mirin is brewed from shochu resulting in a product that has about 14% alcohol content.
This mirin, however, has been boiled down to evaporate the alcohol. Known as nikiri mirin, it contains no alcohol yet preserves its complex, deep flavors. It’s made from domestic glutinous rice which is steamed for almost an hour before being cooled and mixed with rice koji and Kankyo Shuzo’s own kasutori shochu (a rare, traditional type of distilled spirit). It’s then naturally fermented for about 2 months before being boiled and filtered. The resulting mirin is sweet with a strong flavor and clean aftertaste (in fact, the company’s name originates from “Make mirin with a strong sweetness and taste!”).
Kankyo Shuzu’s history dates back to 1862 with some of their buildings now being recognized as tangible cultural properties. Using old-fashioned techniques, they produce a variety of fermented foods such as mirin, sake and amazake.
Suggested uses: Extremely versatile, mirin adds sweetness and shine to Japanese dishes. Use as an alternative to sugar or honey in sauces or when cooking (it has half the sweetness of regular sugar). Pour on apples, ice cream, yogurt or pancakes, simmer with 1 apple with 150g of Nikiri Mirin to make apple compote, use it in salad dressings or to make pickles using the recipe below.
Mirin Pickling Juice
DISCLAIMER: We provide ingredients and common allergens based on the packaging as a reference only. Please consume with caution based on your own individual health concerns as we cannot guarantee the presence or lack of certain ingredients, allergens and/or animal products.