November 18, 2012

Making Hoshi Gaki (Dried Persimmons)/干し柿作り

Last Friday, I got a box of shibu gaki (astringent persimmons) from my father.  I checked them all and found 27 of them were without T-shaped twigs.  I decided to remove the astringency from them ("sawasu" in Japanese) with alcohol.
金曜日に父から渋柿を一箱もらいました。全部調べてみると、27個はT形の小枝がついていませんでした。その柿はアルコールで渋を抜く(「さわす」ことにしました。
In general, a spirit with an alcohol content of 35% or greater is used for this purpose.  A special spirit specifically for this purpose has an alcohol content of 47%!  I decided to try my shochu with  25% alcohol.
一般的に、渋抜きにはアルコール度数35%以上のお酒を使います。渋抜き専用のお酒は、アルコール度数が47%もあります。私は度数25%の焼酎を試すことにしました。 
Just dip the upper part of each persimmon in a container of shochu.
下記の上の部分を焼酎の入った容器に漬けるだけです。
This is a common step, and I followed it, wondering if it would be possible just to put all the permissions in a plastic bag and sprinkle some shochu over them.
それが一般的な方法なので、それに従いましたが、単に柿を全部ビニール袋に入れて、焼酎をその上にかけてもいいのではないかと思いました。

Put all the persimmons in a plastic bag, and seal the bag tight.
柿を全部ビニール袋に入れ、袋をきっちり閉じます。
Because of the less alcohol content, it may take a little more time to remove the astringency.  Ten days maybe?
アルコール度数が低いので、渋が抜けるのに時間がかかるかも知れません。10日間くらい?

My wife suggested that I remove the astringency from all the persimmons this way, but I protested.  I finally decided to remove the astringency from 20 more and dry the remaining 14.
妻は、柿を全部この方法で渋抜きしたほうがいいと言いましたが、私は反対しました。結局、さらに20個を渋抜きして、残りの14個を干すことにしました。
I dried them in the garage.
車庫に干しました。
While peeling, one persimmon lost its T-shaped twig, and I had to consider how to hang it.
皮を剥いている時に、柿が一つ、T形の枝がなくなってしまいました。どうやって吊るか考えました。
It will take one month to dry them completely.
完全に干すのに一ヶ月かかります。

8 comments:

Fräulein Trude said...

A pretty good idea to use a bamboo skrewer for tying up (it is bamboo I guess?). My tying method worked out too and the persimmons already did shrink a bit too (windy cold weather). I am going to hang up some more.

A said...

Will the persimmons smell like cars in the garage?

Sissi said...

Like last year I envy you the acid kaki and still can get the tasteless Spanish ones only.
By the way, Saturday I finally managed to find some nashi! It is amazing! So juicy and sophisticated, compared to the European pear. The taste is so delicate, I would never use it in a cake like the European pear.
I have discovered a Chinese shop in France, just outside of the border (I live not far from the border) selling nashi cheaper than European pears. Of course it comes from China, not Japan, but it is amazingly good! I plan to go there every week and have a nashi a day until they are available.

Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: Yes, a bamboo skewer. I don't think it's a good idea because I won't be able to massage it.

A: I don't have a car in the garage.

Sissi: I have no idea how tasteless you persimmons are, but I guess you can use them in cooking.

So, you liked nashi? Then, I'm sure you will like niitaka nashi, one of the best varieties I've ever tasted.

Paulina said...

Love your blog ! What a pity that in Poland we don't have many of ingredients you use. But still, I like view your blog - it's so exotic for me ;)

Greetings,
Paulina.

Hiroyuki said...

Paulina: Thank your for your comment! It's good to know that I have a reader in Poland!

Sissi said...

Hiroyuki, the Spanish persimmon is bland, very sweet not the slightest acidity and doesn't have anything interesting (not like mango for example which is very sweet but delicious). I bought once and threw away.
I loved nashi! (I still have one left, I think I will have it now!).
Talking about dried fruit, I do dry some fruits every year. I must post the method although it's very easy!

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi: I see, but I suppose that's exactly what persimmons should taste like. Sweet and not acidic.