Mochi Maker

Mochi is a Japanese desert that consists of glutinous rice that is turned into paste form and shaped into a rice cake. There is a mochi ceremony that occurs in Japan which is often referred to as mochitsuki. It is also consumed as a general desert all throughout the year. The desert is also available as a traditional food in grocery stores and it is considered a very popular snack in Taiwan, Thailand, and Hawaii.

A mochi maker can perform various tasks that are required to make mochi cake. This includes mixing, pounding, and steaming. Many mochi makers can even be used for other food preparation tasks such as processing the dough that is used to make udon noodles. If you wish to avoid purchasing a special appliance to make mochi then you could just use a bread maker. You will be able to make mochi with the device and you can still make bread with it as well. However, a mochi maker would be more effective if you plan on making mochi on a regular basis.

Characteristics of a Mochi Maker
The specifications of a mochi maker will vary by model. Usually the capacity of the unit will be around ten cups. They often feature an easy to use design that also offers convenient clean up features such as a non-stick pan. A mochi maker can cost anywhere from $100 to $500 or more depending on the specific model. For $200 to $300 you should be able to get a solid unit for home use. The unit will weigh roughly 20lbs and it is about the same size as a bread maker.

Buying a Mochi Maker
When buying a mochi maker you may want to look for a model that was made in Japan. As it is a Japanese desert it would make sense that the products used to make it from that area would be higher quality. Keep in mind that without all the right equipment you will not be able to make perfect mochi. If this is a dish that you frequently enjoy then you will want to make sure that you buy the right equipment.

If you want to get the best machine possible then you will want to look for a heavy duty mochi maker. Unless you live in Japan you will likely not find this at a local store. For most people the next best thing would be a bread maker but this would not match the results of a mochi maker. You may want to look online for a mochi maker as there are many more models to choose from. There will be something within your budget that has all the necessary features and can produce high quality mochi.

How the Mochi Maker Works

Mochi makers are designed to eliminate the need to do anything by hand. If you want to make mochi then you could do so in an oven, microwave oven, bread maker, and more. However, none of these options will be fully effective at eliminating the need for manually preparing the dish. A mochi maker does everything for you though. At first the machine will go through the stages of steaming and pounding the glutinous rice. This will take just a little under an hour but the time frame will vary by machine. The machine will do all the work; you just have to prep it to do so. The end result with the right equipment and preparation would be perfect mochi.

Final Thoughts
Mochi is a very popular desert that can be used in combination with various dishes to create an even better taste. Most people prefer to purchase the mochi cakes with ice cream inside of them. If you use pure mochi then you could place it on top of the ice cream instead. If you wish to do so, you can add food coloring to the mochi to make it a different color. This means that you could have pink or yellow mochi or any color that you can find food coloring for.

Mochi is one of the most desired snacks and deserts from Japan and it can be made from home as well. There are many different treats that are made with mochi so having a mochi maker can increase your possibilities when making deserts. If you do not plan on making mochi regularly then you may not need a mochi maker. Instead you may want to make it by other means such as by using a bread maker or a standard kitchen oven.

There are many different brands and models of mochi makers available so you will want to do some research before choosing a specific model. You should be able to find a decent unit within your set budget as a high quality mochi maker is relatively inexpensive.

This Mochi Maker Review is Written/Updated on Aug 6th, 2010 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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