Uploaded on Dec 28, 2011
Watch as a mochi machine turns steamed rice into mochi in just a few minutes. Mochi made in the traditional way was extremely labor intensive, and was only prepared for special holidays.
The invention of the mochi machine changed all that. The process is simple:
1) Soak special mochi rice in water
2) Transfer the rice to the mochi machine, as indicated in the manual
3) Cook the rice in the machine, like an ordinary rice cooker
4) A buzzer sounds, remove the lid, and switch the machine to knead mode (this step is shown in the video above)
These early mochi machines inspired the development of the first home bread machine, made by Panasonic/National/Matsushita (same manufacturer as the mochi machine in this video). Bread machines are now sold and used all over the world, and use the same kneading concept shown in this video.
Commonly consumed in zōni, a dish consumed around new year: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z%C5%8Dni
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