What Is Otoshibuta?
An otoshibuta (落とし蓋), or wooden drop lid, is an essential Japanese kitchen equipment. The round lid is smaller than the diameter of the saucepan and floats on top of the liquid while simmering foods. It ensures that the heat is evenly distributed so the ingredients cook quickly and evenly. The cooking liquid circulates towards the lid and coats the top of the ingredients without having to stir or spoon. Also, the otoshibuta holds ingredients in place so they don’t’ move around and don’t break apart.
How To Use Otoshibuta?
You put otoshibuta directly on top of ingredients. You do not need to use regular lid.
Where Can I Buy Otoshibuta?
You can purchase online here if you live in the U.S.
What If We Cannot Find Otoshibuta?
Otoshibuta is made from wood, but if you don’t have it, you can substitute it with with a sheet of aluminum foil. Here’s how to make it.
You will need:
- aluminum foil
- 1 chopstick or scissors
1. Cut a sheet of aluminum foil that covers the diameter of your pot.
2. Fold the edges up into a circle so that the lid fit fit inside the pot.
3. Make a vent in the middle for a small pot with a chopstick (several vents for a bigger pot). Or make a cross incision in the center with scissors.
4. Place it down onto the simmered foods.