Tajima's Red Vinegar (Akazu)

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Prefecture: Hyogo
Producer: Tajima Brewery

Ingredients:Sake lees (junmai lees, from Japan) 
Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free
Storage: Store at room temperature after opening.

This international award-winning red vinegar reproduces the taste of the Edo period in a delicious vinegar with a deep umami flavor and mild acidity. It's made exclusively from pure domestic junmai sake lees (also known as sakekasu), which is the fine paste that remains after the liquid has been removed to make sake. The sake lees has a complex flavor with a slightly fruity taste, providing a touch of sweetness to the natural sour taste of vinegar.

In particular, junmai (meaning "pure rice") sake is brewed using only rice, water, yeast, and koji (a traditional Japanese fermenting microorganism) — there are no other additives such as sugar or alcohol, which results in a cleaner, crisp taste. 

Established in 2008, Tajima Brewing was created in a closed elementary school with the vision of rebuilding the local community. They use natural methods to create their fermented products, using rice grown in harmony with the local environment.

Suggested uses:Use in place of vinegar in dressings or sauces. To make a salad dressing, mix 50ml of red vinegar with 2 tsp of sesame oil, 1 tbsp of soy sauce and ½ tbsp of citrus juice.

To make a marinade for meat, combine the red vinegar with soy sauce in a 1:1 ratio.

Can also be used to lightly pickle fresh vegetables such as thinly sliced cucumber or to make kohaku namasu (a traditional New Year's side dish of pickled daikon and carrots). Simply shred and mix ¼ daikon (Japanese radish) and ⅓ carrot with ½ tsp salt. Let sit for 10 mins, then squeeze out as much water as possible. Mix with 2 tbsp of sugar and 3 tbsp of red vinegar.

Can also be used to make sushi riceor chirashizushi (recipe below). 

Sushi Rice
Japanese Red Vinegar Chirashizushi (Sushi Rice Bowl)
Japanese Red Vinegar Garlic Shrimp


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.

Customer Reviews

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Great condiment!

I keep this on my dining table as a condiment. This along with my Marunaka Soy Sauce and Ishigaki Chilli Oil make a great Dumpling dipping sauce! I love Kokoro Products!!!

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