cooking / eating
Waterless Cooker
HAL Musui
HIROSHIMA, hiroshima, Japan
  • aluminium
  • 20: W27.4cm H11.2cm inside ø20cm 24: W31.6cm H14.3cm inside ø24cm
the product:
Anhydrous pot® allows cooking without water. The pot preserves the nutrients of the ingredients by cooking with the water and oil of themselves, and brings rich flavors and tastes. The pot and lid are made of cast iron, which is thick, lightweight, and durable. As they are highly airtight and keep the steam, you can cook without water. With the excellent heat efficiency of aluminum, the pot heats up quickly and evenly with a low heat. As the pot has excellent heat retention, you can also cook with residual heat.

For basic anhydrous cooking, preheat the pot over medium-low heat for about 2 minutes (5 minutes for oven cooking), and drop a drop of water to see if the pot is warm enough to cook. When the water drops pop and roll around in the pot, it is a sign of the right temperature. The key is to warm the pot slowly over medium-low heat, rather than heating it all at once over high heat. Preheating the pot has the advantage that the ingredients will not stick to the pot.

The anhydrous pot® is also recommended for outdoor cooking. You can heat the pot from the top and the bottom by putting charcoal on top of the flat lid. Also, the lid can also be turned over and used as a skillet.
For example, you can cook something with the lid as a skillet over the pot while using it as a lid, you can easily steam a whole chicken.
You can also stir fry something with the lid over the pot filled with warm soup, the food can be kept warm with the heat of the soup.
This anhydrous pot® is very useful. You do not need to carry a variety of cooking utensils because it can be used not only as a pot but also as a lid, skillet, and steamer.

After cooking, it is better to store the food in a separate container because leaving the food in the pot can damage the metal parts with salt and water from the food. The pot may become dark as you use for a long time, however, it does not affect the human body.
To clean, allow the pot to cool sufficiently before washing it with a neutral detergent. If the stain does not come off with a neutral detergent,
take an appropriate amount of cleanser on a steel scrubber and brush in a circular motion.
As the anhydrous pot® is made from unpainted aluminum, you would not notice any damages even if they get scratched.
More you use it, the more it will become your own pot.

Received the “Good Design Award" and “Good Design Long Life Design Award".

The KING series on sale is compatible with gas and IH, and the lid is only for open flames.
Available in 3 sizes with an inner diameter of 18cm, 20cm, and 24cm.
*The images show shows a 24cm anhydrous cooker®, which is a previous gas-only model. It is currently available in limited quantities and on special offer.
the maker:
Tajima Kurazo Shoten was founded in 1921. The company’s history began with the manufacture and sales of aluminum hagama, a rice cooking pot. The pot, which are light and easy-to-cook, became very popular because of its compatibility with kamado, an old-style cooking stove, which was the heat source in kitchens at that time,
Around 1946, the heat source in the kitchen shifted to gas stove from kamado with the spread of gas. In 1947, Hiroshima Aluminum Industry Co., Ltd. was founded.
In 1950, Tajima Kurazo Shoten was renamed to Tajima Shoten Co.
The two pillars of the business were divided to Hiroshima Aluminum Industry as a manufacturer and Tajima Shoten as a wholesaler.

In 1953, with the casting and processing technology that had grown to be reputed as one of the best in the world, the company developed the “Anhydrous Nutritional Pot”, which could cook rice as deliciously with gas as it did with a hagama.
In addition to cooking delicious rice, the pot can be used for simmer, boil, bake, steam, fry, deep-fry, and oven-cook.
The anhydrous pot®, which draws out the flavor of ingredients in a short time, has become a long-seller, selling a total of 10 million units. Later, the sand-casting technology for aluminum products was highly evaluated, and the company entered the automotive parts industry.

In 1963, the trademark “anhydrous pot®" was officially registered.
As time went by, the choice of heat source increased from kamado to gas and IH, and the forms of families changed from large families to nuclear families.
With reliable technology, the company is developing products that are compatible with both gas and IH, and also expanding the product lineup to include smaller sizes to meet the changing times.

In 2018, the company establishes a distributor, HAL MUSUI CO., LTD, which name is a combination of the
alphabet “H” for Hiroshima and “AL” for aluminum taken from the manufacturer Hiroshima Aluminum Industry Co., Ltd.
They named the anhydrous pot®, which has been loved by customers for nearly 100 years, as a “KING” series and named the series with improved design and functionality as “HAL”. The company is continuing to accompany diversifying lifestyles.

These pots and pans have been carefully crafted by artisans in Hiroshima using casting techniques that have remained unchanged since they were first developed.