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How To Make Kanzake (Hot Sake) At Home; 4 Methods To Heat Up Sake And The Ultimate Guide Of A Sake Decanter

How To Make Kanzake (Hot Sake) At Home; 4 Methods To Heat Up Sake And The Ultimate Guide Of A Sake Decanter Food & Recipes
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The drinking way which warms Japanese sake is called “Kanzake”, and it can be a unique way to enjoy sake.

Japanese sake is a very interesting liquor that changes the delicacy of taste depending on the temperature.

It’s a classic method but it’s the most effective way to taste Sake better. It is said that there are some sakes that are not suitable for cold sake, but there is no sake that is not suitable for Kanzake.

Especially when you don’t like the sake that you bought, try to heat up it before dumping it away.

I’m sure some of you don’t know what to prepare and how to do warm Sake at home.

In this article, I will tell you how to make Kanzake at home with 3 methods includes using a microwave.

How To heat Up Japanese Sake In A Microwave

Needless to say, the easiest way to heat up sake is using a microwave.

Microwave it for 30-90 seconds. (600w)

However, the downsides of heating up sake in a microwave are that it is hard to control the temperature and sake gets rapidly warm in a short time.

Why Is Wrong To Get Sake Warm In A Short Time?

When sake is heated up quickly, the mellow-round taste will be blown away.

It is better to heat up sake slowly for a smooth, mellow, round taste.

However, it is quick, easy, and still, you can enjoy it enough at home on a casual day, when keeping your eyes on controlling temperature.

The Proper Way To Warm Japanese Sake In A Decanter

You can use a microwave-safe Japanese teacup or a coffee mug, but it is better to use a Japanese sake decanter.

The best Japanese sake decanter is a “Katakuchi” which is a traditional vessel with a spout.

Its top has a large caliber so you can enjoy the aroma of sake.

A tokkuri, can be most popular as a sake decanter, also is the ideal idea to warm up sake.

Avoid filling up sake to the neck due to heating up it evenly.

Make sure your tokkuri is microwave-safe.

  1. Fill up Japanese sake
  2. Cover the mouth with a plastic wrap (Not too tight.) Covering a decanter or a cup softly with the wrapping film helps to keep the aroma. If you want to remove the aroma a little, you don’t need a plastic wrap cover.
  3. Additionaly, put a wooden shop stick or maicrowave-safe mixing stick. They are also help heat up sake evenly.
  4. Start heating up sake for 30 seconds in 600w, and then find out your favorite temprature adding the time.
  5. Use a oven mit to take a decanter out.

Heat Up Japanese Sake In Boiling Water

The benefit of heating up sake in the hot water bath is making sake taste rich mellow round since it heats up sake slowly.

Although it takes about 5 to 10 minutes including the time to boil water, it is a better way to enjoy warm/hot sake than using a microwave.

A unique “Chirori” is commonly used for heating up sake in boiling water.

“Chirori” is a metal pitcher with a handle and a spout made of copper, tin, and other materials for warming up sake.

Since it is made of metal, it has high thermal conductivity, and you can quickly warm sake in a water bath. In addition, because the entire sake is heated evenly, sake will be mild, round, and less unpleasant taste.

Chirori is now available in a variety of materials, but tin is especially popular.
Tin has antibacterial and tin ion effects which remove the unpleasant taste in sake make it mellow.

Because it is unique, genuine, luxurious, authentic, the tin “Chirori” can be a suitable gift for sake connoisseurs

The decanter should be a metal chirori or a pottery tokkuri.

When heating up sake with tokkuri in boiling water, it takes longer to warm up more slowly than chirori, resulting in a smoother.

Tin and copper chirori has the effect of enhancing the taste of sake, but it is not cheap, you can wait to purchase until you are into it.

However, chirori can be also used for cold sake, and you can quickly heat up or chill Japanese sake (moreover, makes sake taste better) so it is not a bad idea to own it if you enjoy sake more often.

  1. Allow water to boil at 70-80 C (160-180 F).
  2. Put the decanter in a pot, insert a thermometer, and warm up while checking the temperature. Stir boiling water occasionally to make the temperature evenly.

Use A Japanese Electric Sake Warmer

If you don’t want to think about heating up sake too much, simply, get an electric sake warmer on Amazon.

Even in Japan, Izakaya restaurants use often a commercial electric sake warmer called “Kansuke”. So, it is not a crazy idea.

TWINBIRD Japanese Electric Sake Warmer

TWINBIRD sake warmer is unique and convenient which is nice for those who need a sake warmer at home. You can make easily sake at your favorite temperature.

The negative points are the instructions and labels are all in Japanese, taking arrival time since it will be delivered from Japan, and the electric power is 100V. 100v shouldn’t be a matter with 110-120V in the US, but, it is better to use a converter if concerned about it.

What Are The Label Said In Japanese On TWINBIRD Sake Warmer

Only you reading this article, (thank you very much!) I can translate the labels on the sake warmer.

From the left to right,

  • A power indicator light (通電ランプ)
  • Hitohadakan (人肌燗)…the temprature at 35 C/ 95 F
  • Jokan (上燗)…the temprature at 45 C/ 113 F
  • Atsukan (熱燗)…the temprature at 50 C/ 122 F
  • Tobikirikan (飛切燗)…the temprature at 55 C/ 131 F

Free Instruction For TWINBIRD Sake Warmer

Use A Sous Vide

Well, it’s much familiar to you to use a sous vide precision cooker. Just set the temperature at 70-80 C (160-180 F), and heat up sake till your favorite temperature.

It is a convenient way to heat up more than one kind of sake for a home party!

The Bottom Line

In this post, I told you the basic knowledge of Kanzake that you can easily try at home.

Japanese sake is so deep once you dive into it. Speaking of Kanzake, some restaurants in Japan have a sake keeper called “Okanban”.

The day may be getting close that You will be into the world of Japanese Kanzake more and more, and you will learn the technique to make it even more delicious.

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