Grilling, sautéing, or oven-baking, Iga-yaki Toban (donabe skillet) Plate is a unique handy cookware. This Toban has a modern-Japanese design and the handy size can work perfect for making quick small dish for your everyday meal.
Toban (literally translates into “ceramic skillet”), is one of traditional-style Japanese cookware which can work as skillet or shallow pot. Once the ingredients are cooked in Toban, you can serve it directly at the table. With the remarkable heat retention ability, Toban lets the hot food stay hot longer at the table.
True “Terroir” of Iga
Iga region, where this donabe is made, used to be the bed of Lake Biwa about 4 million years ago. The clay from this region is naturally highly heat-resistant and has been used for open-flame cooking for many hundreds of years. This clay consists of a high level of pre-historic fossilized microorganisms that leave the clay porous when fired. The porous body gives the donabe remarkable heat-retention ability.
Authentic Iga-yaki pottery by Nagatani-en
Iga-yaki (Iga-style) pottery is one of Japan’s most highly-regarded traditional ceramics and is said to have originated in Iga, Mie-Prefecture in late 7th Century. This donabe is made by Nagatani-en, a leading producer of authentic Iga-yaki pottery since 1832. At Nagatani-en, each donabe is made by hand with care and it takes about 2 weeks to produce an individual donabe. Nagatani-en’s Iga-yaki products have been loved by both professionals and home cooks in Japan.
Your donabe develops its character as it ages
As you use your donabe over and over, it develops character and that’s something to be welcomed.
The very thin cracks could appear on the surface (glaze) of the donabe. It’s called “kannyu” in Japanese and the cracks run like veins. They are the naturally developed cracks on the glaze and won’t affect the function of the donabe.
Once you start using the donabe, the bottom part starts to change its color and black spots (like burned spots) could appear. It’s also the part of developing the character and the donabe is safe to use. However, if the bottom part seems to get too black too quickly, the heat you use might be too high. In this case, we suggest that you use the donabe over lower heat level.
All the donabe and Iga-yaki products made by Nagatani-en are hand-crafted with care, so every piece is unique and no two pieces are identical. There are slight variations within the color/ shade, shape/ curve, and patterns, among pieces, and that makes each piece so special. Also under different lighting and angle, the actual color shade and nuance may also appear slightly different from the photos in the product page.
Size: 10” x 7.5” x 1.4” high (25.5 cm x 19 cm x 3.5 cm high)
Weight: 1.75 lb (0.8 kg)
Size: 8.25” x 6.3” x 1.4” high (21 cm x 16 cm x 3.5 cm high)
Weight: 1.3 lb (0.6 kg)
Material: Clay Producer: Nagatani-en Origin: Iga, Japan Included in the package: Toban Oval Plate and English instruction sheet.
Usage and Care
Ideal for gas stove top use. This donabe is also suitable for microwave.
This donabe can be heated while it’s empty.
Oven-safe (up to 500℉/ 250℃).
Hand wash only.
Seasoning is not necessary before the first use of this donabe.
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