Vermicular | Techniques | Cast Iron Precision Cooker

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2 Basic Rules
1 Introduction
Musui Cooking

Musui "Waterless" Cooking is Vermicular’s fundamental cooking technique. Instead of using excess water, seasoning or sauces, let ingredients do the work. The Musui condenses and intensifies their inherent deliciousness to create exquisite flavors, naturally.


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  1. Choose [LOW] heat for Musui Cooking

    Musui cooking uses the natural juices present in ingredients by steaming over [LOW] heat. Gradually heating ingredients is the key to drawing out umami.

  2. Adjust cooking time for smaller portions

    Consider cooking complete approximately 10 minutes after steam comes out from under the lid.

1 Introduction

Musui Cooking

Musui "Waterless" Cooking is Vermicular’s fundamental cooking technique. Instead of using excess water, seasoning or sauces, let ingredients do the work. The Musui condenses and intensifies their inherent deliciousness to create exquisite flavors, naturally.

See basic rules.

2 Basic Rules
Musui Cooking
  1. Choose [LOW] heat for Musui Cooking

    Musui cooking uses the natural juices present in ingredients by steaming over [LOW] heat. Gradually heating ingredients is the key to drawing out umami.

  2. Adjust cooking time for smaller portions

    Consider cooking complete approximately 10 minutes after steam comes out from under the lid.

2 Basic Rules
1 Introduction
Steam-Roast

The Musui’s exceptional seal and trifecta of heating methods give you the best of both worlds—transforming roasted vegetables and protein staples into surprisingly textured, multi-dimensional meals.


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  1. Cook with the lid on when steam-roasting

    Always cover the Musui while cooking so that steam is retained and circulates inside the pot.

  2. For vegetables, once rinsed, transfer to the pot without draining water

    Keeping vegetables moist will prevent scorching and boost natural flavors.

  3. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water for ingredients with less water content

    Burning is unavoidable when cooking some vegetables, such as carrots or sweet potatoes. In such cases, try adding 1 or 2 tablespoons to help generate steam when cooking.

1 Introduction

Steam-Roast

The Musui’s exceptional seal and trifecta of heating methods give you the best of both worlds—transforming roasted vegetables and protein staples into surprisingly textured, multi-dimensional meals.

See basic rules.

2 Basic Rules
Steam-Roast
  1. Cook with the lid on when steam-roasting

    Always cover the Musui while cooking so that steam is retained and circulates inside the pot.

  2. For vegetables, once rinsed, transfer to the pot without draining water

    Keeping vegetables moist will prevent scorching and boost natural flavors.

  3. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water for ingredients with less water content

    Burning is unavoidable when cooking some vegetables, such as carrots or sweet potatoes. In such cases, try adding 1 or 2 tablespoons to help generate steam when cooking.

2 Basic Rules
1 Introduction
Precision Cooking

Perfect for a dinner party or personal meal prep, the Kamado makes precision cooking simple. Cook your proteins and eggs to perfection with exact temperatures ranging from 90 to 200°F, without having to undertake the hassle of vacuum-sealing. Proteins can be browned first and cooked slowly with precision heat control to build flavor and achieve incomparable juiciness and texture.


See basic rules.

  1. Choose [WARM] heat for precision cooking

    [WARM] mode allows you to set and maintain exact temperature for cooking large cuts of meat such as roast beef or temperature-sensitive recipes, such as chicken and turkey breast, poached eggs, and egg custards.

  2. Set the accurate temperature and cooking time for each recipe

    The default temperature for [WARM] mode is set at 175°F. Temperatures can be adjusted by increments of 1°F between 90–200°F and held exactly at that temperature during cooking. The cooking temperatures for each heat setting are also precisely controlled: [MED] at 445ºF, [LOW] at 300ºF and [EXT LOW] heat at 230ºF.

1 Introduction

Precision Cooking

Perfect for a dinner party or personal meal prep, the Kamado makes precision cooking simple. Cook your proteins and eggs to perfection with exact temperatures ranging from 90 to 200°F, without having to undertake the hassle of vacuum-sealing. Proteins can be browned first and cooked slowly with precision heat control to build flavor and achieve incomparable juiciness and texture.

See basic rules.

2 Basic Rules
Precision Cooking
  1. Choose [WARM] heat for precision cooking

    [WARM] mode allows you to set and maintain exact temperature for cooking large cuts of meat such as roast beef or temperature-sensitive recipes, such as chicken and turkey breast, poached eggs, and egg custards.

  2. Set the accurate temperature and cooking time for each recipe

    The default temperature for [WARM] mode is set at 175°F. Temperatures can be adjusted by increments of 1°F between 90–200°F and held exactly at that temperature during cooking. The cooking temperatures for each heat setting are also precisely controlled: [MED] at 445ºF, [LOW] at 300ºF and [EXT LOW] heat at 230ºF.

2 Basic Rules
1 Introduction
Sear & Sauté

The formidable cast iron of the Musui provides exceptional heat distribution and retention for an impeccable sear and sauté. Achieve a beautifully caramelized, deep-brown sear or a pleasing tender-crisp bite, preserving the integrity of flavor and nutrients with a quick sauté.


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  1. Start sautéing or searing once the [GRILL OK] sign is displayed on the Kamado

    The [GRILL OK] sign confirms that the pot is thoroughly preheated. Next: evenly spread oil in the pot to prevent any sticking and to ensure a crisp, golden brown crust. Searing and sautéing using [MED] heat can be continued for 25 minutes.

  2. Sear by pressing thick-cut meats down against the bottom of the pot

    The key to searing evenly is pressing down until the sizzling sound stops. Once seared, the meat should easily come off the bottom of the pot.

  3. For sautéing, try to cut ingredients in similar sizes so they cook evenly

    Make sure all ingredients are chopped and ready to go before you start preheating.

1 Introduction

Sear & Sauté

The formidable cast iron of the Musui provides exceptional heat distribution and retention for an impeccable sear and sauté. Achieve a beautifully caramelized, deep-brown sear or a pleasing tender-crisp bite, preserving the integrity of flavor and nutrients with a quick sauté.

See basic rules.

2 Basic Rules
Sear & Sauté
  1. Start sautéing or searing once the [GRILL OK] sign is displayed on the Kamado

    The [GRILL OK] sign confirms that the pot is thoroughly preheated. Next: evenly spread oil in the pot to prevent any sticking and to ensure a crisp, golden brown crust. Searing and sautéing using [MED] heat can be continued for 25 minutes.

  2. Sear by pressing thick-cut meats down against the bottom of the pot

    The key to searing evenly is pressing down until the sizzling sound stops. Once seared, the meat should easily come off the bottom of the pot.

  3. For sautéing, try to cut ingredients in similar sizes so they cook evenly

    Make sure all ingredients are chopped and ready to go before you start preheating.

2 Basic Rules
1 Introduction
Braise & Stew

Because cast iron conducts and retains heat exceptionally well, the Musui is ideal for low and slow braises and stews. Ingredients can be seared or sautéed first and then simmered or braised, all within the same pot. The precision seal ensures ingredients develop into a delectable one-pot meal with deep, complex flavor profiles.


See basic rules.

  1. Sear and sauté first to build flavors

    The ingredients can be first seared or sautéed and then simmered or braised, all within the same pot.

  2. Heat low and slow for best results

    Lower the heat accordingly, as cast iron is known to distribute and retain heat evenly throughout the pot.

  3. Avoid adding too much liquid

    Steam convection generated by the precision seal of the Musui complements braising and stewing for efficient and elevated cooking.

1 Introduction

Braise & Stew

Because cast iron conducts and retains heat exceptionally well, the Musui is ideal for low and slow braises and stews. Ingredients can be seared or sautéed first and then simmered or braised, all within the same pot. The precision seal ensures ingredients develop into a delectable one-pot meal with deep, complex flavor profiles.

See basic rules.

2 Basic Rules
Braise & Stew
  1. Sear and sauté first to build flavors

    The ingredients can be first seared or sautéed and then simmered or braised, all within the same pot.

  2. Heat low and slow for best results

    Lower the heat accordingly, as cast iron is known to distribute and retain heat evenly throughout the pot.

  3. Avoid adding too much liquid

    Steam convection generated by the precision seal of the Musui complements braising and stewing for efficient and elevated cooking.

2 Basic Rules
1 Introduction
Bake with Oven

Velvety desserts and impressive entrees with golden crusts are now in your repertoire. The Musui delicately crafts smooth textures for such desserts like custard, while a quick collaboration with your oven gives main dishes an impeccable crust.


See basic rules.

  1. Steam convection used to perfection

    For steam-baking, steam heat is used. It requires a very minimal amount of water and delicately creates smooth textures for desserts.

  2. To make delicious bread, choose the [WARM] mode for proofing

    The Musui–Kamado controls the temperature at extremely accuracy, giving yeast the ability to work, guaranteeing consistent proofing and absolving you from having to hover over the rising loaf.

  3. Use your oven to complete a recipe

    It’s the final step in crafting crumbly, texturized crusts for your sweet and savory dishes alike.

1 Introduction

Bake with Oven

Velvety desserts and impressive entrees with golden crusts are now in your repertoire. The Musui delicately crafts smooth textures for such desserts like custard, while a quick collaboration with your oven gives main dishes an impeccable crust.

See basic rules.

2 Basic Rules
Bake with Oven
  1. Steam convection used to perfection

    For steam-baking, steam heat is used. It requires a very minimal amount of water and delicately creates smooth textures for desserts.

  2. To make delicious bread, choose the [WARM] mode for proofing

    The Musui–Kamado controls the temperature at extremely accuracy, giving yeast the ability to work, guaranteeing consistent proofing and absolving you from having to hover over the rising loaf.

  3. Use your oven to complete a recipe

    It’s the final step in crafting crumbly, texturized crusts for your sweet and savory dishes alike.

2 Basic Rules
1 Introduction
Rice

Inspired by the traditional Japanese kamado stove of the past, the Musui–Kamado couples the cherished art of rice cooking with a 21st century ease. At the touch of a button, achieve fluffy, delicious rice with no hovering or stoking of flames necessary.


See basic rules.

  1. Make divine rice in a few simple steps

    Select the type of rice (white or brown), desired rice finish (normal, scorched or porridge) and amount of rice (up to 4 rice cups) you wish to cook. Then, set the completion time and press [START] to begin.*

    Note: 1 rice cup equals 180ml and is different from 1 US cup (240ml).

  2. Wrap and freeze leftover rice to best maintain flavor and texture

    To ensure rice achieves its impeccable taste and texture, the Musui–Kamado does not have a 'keep warm' function. To maintain flavor and texture, you can wrap leftover rice in plastic wrap while the rice is still warm and freeze it. Use a microwave or steamer to reheat the leftovers.

  3. Adjust the amount setting on the Kamado when adding ingredients for mixed rice

    Increase 1 rice cup for every 330 g (11.6 oz) of additional ingredients when cooking mixed rice. Immediately start rice cooking once you add in seasoning.

  4. The default cooking time for white rice is 60 minutes

    30 minutes of soaking time and 30 minutes of actual cooking time for best results. You can either cut down or eliminate soaking time if you are in a rush.

    * The detailed instructions on how to operate [RICE COOKING] mode is included in the cookbook and instruction manual.

1 Introduction

Rice

Inspired by the traditional Japanese kamado stove of the past, the Musui–Kamado couples the cherished art of rice cooking with a 21st century ease. At the touch of a button, achieve fluffy, delicious rice with no hovering or stoking of flames necessary.

See basic rules.

2 Basic Rules
Rice
  1. Make divine rice in a few simple steps

    Select the type of rice (white or brown), desired rice finish (normal, scorched or porridge) and amount of rice (up to 4 rice cups) you wish to cook. Then, set the completion time and press [START] to begin.*

    Note: 1 rice cup equals 180ml and is different from 1 US cup (240ml).

  2. Wrap and freeze leftover rice to best maintain flavor and texture

    To ensure rice achieves its impeccable taste and texture, the Musui–Kamado does not have a 'keep warm' function. To maintain flavor and texture, you can wrap leftover rice in plastic wrap while the rice is still warm and freeze it. Use a microwave or steamer to reheat the leftovers.

  3. Adjust the amount setting on the Kamado when adding ingredients for mixed rice

    Increase 1 rice cup for every 330 g (11.6 oz) of additional ingredients when cooking mixed rice. Immediately start rice cooking once you add in seasoning.

  4. The default cooking time for white rice is 60 minutes

    30 minutes of soaking time and 30 minutes of actual cooking time for best results. You can either cut down or eliminate soaking time if you are in a rush.

    * The detailed instructions on how to operate [RICE COOKING] mode is included in the cookbook and instruction manual.

Master the art of your
Musui–Kamado with the Vermicular Cookbook.

A delightful, delicious guide, our cookbook empowers you to master every cooking technique with recipes that span from cherished Japanese dishes to fresh, modern favorites.

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