sakè or mirin?

esperanza
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I have never used neither mirin nor sakè and would like to buy at least one of them. which one is more versatile, or more useful? is there any brand that you would recommend (available in Italy/Europe)?

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Re: sakè or mirin?

I'm not an expert, Loretta or Maki will be able to give you more complete advice, but I use mirin a lot, and very rarely use sake.

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Re: sakè or mirin?

Hi Esperanza, this post might be useful for an explanation of what role sake and mirin play in Japanese dishes. I think if I were to pick just one I might pick sake, though I do use both. Mirin is sweeter and stronger and also adds a sheen to some dishes. Sherry can also be used -- even a sweet wine like vino santo (though that could get expensive). As for brands, any regular (not cooking) sake sold at a Japanese shop is fine really -- no need to go for anything very expensive. For mirin, the type called "hon mirin" is real mirin, while the other type sold is a mirin flavored non-alcoholic cooking condiment. I prefer the hon mirin.

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Re: sakè or mirin?

I just bought gekkeikan's cup sakè but still have not opened it: should I keep in the fridge or at room temperature once opened?

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Re: sakè or mirin?

You can keep it at room temperature; if it's not in container with a re-closable cap or lid, transfer it to a jar or something and keep it airtight.

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Re: sakè or mirin?

Should it be refrigerated or is room temperature (and out of direct sunlight) appropriate for storage once the bottle is opened?

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Re: sakè or mirin?

Room temperature or in a cool, dark place is fine, unless you want to chill the sake before drinking.

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Re: sakè or mirin?

How about mirin? (today I bought a bottle of it as well: hon mirin as maki suggested :)) little by little I am getting all the essential ingredients, otherwise in every recipe there is always some ingredient that I don't have) Should it be refrigerated or is room temperature (and out of direct sunlight) appropriate for storage once the bottle is opened? The bottle is quite big, around 600ml, and it will last for a long time...

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