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10 Easy Pieces: Donabe Clay Pots

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10 Easy Pieces: Donabe Clay Pots

January 25, 2023

The donabe is a fixture of any traditional Japanese kitchen. It’s the original multi-function appliance: a slow cooker, Dutch oven, rice cooker, and steamer in one handmade piece of clay cookware. Here are 10 donabe options, including soup, steamer, and rice cooker versions—some all in one, others for specific functions.

the ippinka japanese clay pot donabe is a traditional banko yaki or banko, a st 9
Above: The Ippinka Japanese Clay Pot Donabe is a traditional Banko-yaki or Banko, a style dating back to 18th century Japan; $128.50 from Handcrafted by Ippinka on Etsy.
the maruri hagama donabe rice cooker is a hagama style, designed specifically f 10
Above: The Maruri Hagama Donabe Rice Cooker is a hagama style, designed specifically for steaming rice rather than making soups; at $110 at KonMari.
the multi purpose donburi size donabe steamer, shown in caramel, is made for a  11
Above: The Multi-Purpose Donburi Size Donabe Steamer, shown in Caramel, is made for a single serving of soup, noodles, hot pot, or rice and includes a steam grate. The lid can be used as a serving bowl for a complete set; $155 at Toiro Kitchen & Supply.
the ginpo white kannyu banko donabe japanese clay pot is a pot made for serving 12
Above: The Ginpo White Kannyu Banko Donabe Japanese Clay Pot is a pot made for serving three. The pot features a cracked glaze surface by way of sumi ink; 19,000 JPY (about $145 US) at Musubi Kiln.
the hagatani en donabe kamadosan is designed for cooking rice to perfection; \$ 13
Above: The Hagatani-En Donabe Kamadosan is designed for cooking rice to perfection; $216 for the three-cup size at Jinen.
the ippinka japanese donabe tsubo cooking pot in grey is a large pot for four t 14
Above: The Ippinka Japanese Donabe Tsubo Cooking Pot in Grey is a large pot for four to five people; $177.75 at Amazon.
the medium nagatani en mushi nabe donabe steamer functions as both earthenware  15
Above: The Medium Nagatani en Mushi Nabe Donabe Steamer functions as both earthenware pot and steamer; $180 at Jinen.
the most modern of the group is the kinto kakomi ih donabe white, a \2.5 liter  16
Above: The most modern of the group is the Kinto Kakomi IH Donabe White, a 2.5-liter pot available in white or black. It comes with a steam plate; $170.70 at Kinto.
the maruri flat donabe is made from clay in a modern, minimalist form; \$\2\20  17
Above: The Maruri Flat Donabe is made from clay in a modern, minimalist form; $220 at KonMari.
the hario japanese clay donabe stovetop hot pot has a heat resistant glass lid  18
Above: The Hario Japanese Clay Donabe Stovetop Hot Pot has a heat-resistant glass lid with silicone lid handle; $70 at Food52.
the snow peak earthen zen pot is a complete set, with a clay cooker and bowls d 19
Above: The Snow Peak Earthen Zen Pot is a complete set, with a clay cooker and bowls designed for cooking donabe outdoors or in; $149.95 at Snow Peak.

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