How To Take Care of Your Donabe?
Use lukewarm water and mild dish soap to wash the donabe. The bottom of the pot should be dried by placing it upside down to prevent mildew from growing on it while it is being stored. Make sure the bottom of your donabe is completely dry before placing it on the stovetop. The porous base may crack if it is wet at the bottom because moisture expands when heated.
- The donabe should not be left unattended overnight with any leftovers. Keep the rest in a new container if you have any leftovers.
- A small crack or leak in the donabe's interior can be repaired by reapplying the seasoning described in this article (How to Season Donabe).
- donabes with cracks extending to the edge or any other evident deterioration should be thrown away as soon as possible.
- Simmer the donabe with a tiny scoop of green tea leaves for around 10 minutes if the food fragrance is still present inside.
- The donabe can be cleaned using a sponge (or a non-abrasive scrubber) and dish soap. The stain may remain even after washing (but it is safe to use), depending on how stubborn the mould is. Fill the donabe to about 80 percent capacity with water and a few tablespoons of distilled vinegar, and bring to a boil for about 10 minutes to get rid of the mouldy smell. When this is done, go through the entire seasoning process again (How to Season Donabe).
Is Your Donabe Burned? Here's What You Can Do
Despite your best efforts, you may wind up with a burnt pot because of the meal you're cooking inside of it. You can use this advice to remove a stain or burnt spot. In some cases, it's necessary to repeat the process multiple times.
- Alternatively, bring the water to a boil and let it sit for a while.
- It's time to turn off the heat and allow it to cool down on its own.
- Using a soft sponge, carefully scrub the burnt area after cooling.
How to Get Rid of the Odor
Method 1: Used Tea Leaves
- Your donabe should be filled with water and used tea leaves.
- 30-minute waiting period
- Rinse in the water.
Method 2: Baking Soda
- Briskly bring water to a boil in the pot, then turn off the stovetop.
- For 30 minutes, add baking soda and let it sit.
- Using water, thoroughly clean the surface of the utensil.