Sawra Ohitsu

What Is A Sawara Ohitsu?

A Sawra Ohitsu is a type of Ohitsu or rice container that is covered with a short lid. The Ohitsu absorbs excess water when the rice is warm, and when the rice cools down, it replenishes the water so that the rice does not become hard. The subtle smell of the wood is also a secret to the delicious taste of the rice.

Sawra Ohitsu
A Sawra Ohitsu gives rice a great flavor

The outer diameter of the lid of an Edo-bitsu is larger than that of the chest, and the lid covers the chest. The jibitsu-bitsu has the same outer diameter as the lid and the chest, and the lid sits on top of the chest. In a stuffed chest, the outer diameter of the lid and the inner diameter of the chest are the same, and the lid fits inside the chest.

The aroma of the wood may be transferred to the rice when it is new because the wood surface is not used to it. To remove the wood aroma, fill the bowl with boiling water and add a small amount of vinegar to it several times.

Sawra Ohitsu
Sawra Ohitsu

In the modern age, the rice bin is used in restaurants and sushi restaurants because the white wood absorbs excess water from the cooked rice and prevents water from dripping off the lid and spoiling the taste, but it is also used in restaurants and inns to serve rice to customers individually.

This form of rice cooker was replaced by modern rice cookers with a warming function so is rearly used in household situation in Japan exept on ocasions.

Some are made of straw and are called Ohitsu-jako. It is excellent in heat retention and ventilation.