How to keep Soy Sauce, Miso, Mirin, Ponzu Sauce fresh for a long time
Today Japanese seasonings, such as Soy sauce, Miso soybean paste, Mirin sweet cooking rice wine, and Ponzu sauce, are commonly used for cooking in some countries.However, do you know how to preserve those Japanese seasonings properly?
How to keep Soy Sauce, Miso, Mirin,and Ponzu Sauce fresh for a long time
Today, I want to introduce how to keep the Japanese seasonings, Soy sauce, Miso, Mirin, and Ponzu sauce, fresh for a long time.
Soy Sauce (Shoyu)
According to the official blog of Kikkoman that is a leading Japanese seasoning maker, after the product is unsealed, the contents are exposed to the air.This makes soy sauce easily-oxidizable and lets various germs enter it, which results in the loss of the quality, such as taste, flavor and smell.Hence, you need to preserve unsealed soy sauce in the refrigerator in order to keep the seasoning fresh for a long time.This applies to Nama Shoyu too.
Miso soybean paste
According to the official website of Marukome that is a leading Japanese Miso maker, Miso soybean paste is getting browner, affected by temperature and with the passage of time even if you don’t unseal the product.This makes the quality of Miso worse gradually.Therefore, it is highly recommended to keep Miso products in the refrigerator, and additionally covering the surface of unsealed Miso paste completely with food wrap prevents the paste from contacting with the air and getting dry.
Mirin sweet cooking rice wine
According to the official website of Kikkoman, regular Japanese Mirin, or Hon Mirin contains a lot of sugar.Hence, if the sweet cooking rice wine is kept at a low temperature, say, in the refrigerator, that lowers the dissolution rate of sugar and causes the crystallization of the sugar that Hon Mirin contains in the liquid.Besides, since Hon Mirin also contains a large amount of alcohol, it is highly recommended to preserve the sweet cooking rice wine at room temperature in a cool dark place not directly exposed to the sunlight.
According to the official website of Mizkan that is a leading Japanese food company, after the container of Ponzu sauce is unsealed, you need to preserve the seasoning in the refrigerator in order to keep it fresh for a long time and use it up as soon as possible.This is because, just like soy sauce, Ponzu sauce is also easily-oxidizable, and bacteria could enter it when the sauce is exposed to the air.