Mirin Rice Cooking Wine by Eden Foods
Eden Foods Mirin Rice Cooking Wine - 10.5 oz (300 mL)
Eden Foods Mirin Rice Cooking Wine is low in sodium and carbohydrate. Eden
Foods Mirin Rice Cooking Wine is fat free and cholesterol free. The natural
sugar content in the mirin is due to the fermentation of the rice and is in the
form of complex carbohydrate grain sugar or maltose. Mirin is also a source of
naturally occurring amino acids, organic acids and enzymes. Eden Foods Mirin
Rice Cooking Wine is mildly sweet with a hint of sour and salty flavors.
Eden Foods Mirin Rice Cooking Wine is made by first washing and steaming
California grown Lundberg Family Farm organic brown rice for several hours.
After cooling it is mixed with a bit of rice koji (Aspergillus oryzae) called
seed koji. The rice mixture is placed in a temperature and moisture controlled
koji room for three days where it is stirred daily to ensure proper growth of
the koji enzymes. The rice koji is then placed in cedar kegs and mixed with more
steamed rice and water. This rice mixture is called 'moromi,' or rice wine mash,
that is allowed to ferment for two months. At this time sea salt is added, as
well as more steamed rice, koji and water. It is allowed to ferment for another
three months. After fermentation is complete, the mixture is pressed through
cotton sacks and filtered to remove rice residue. It is heated to 85°C. for 3 to
4 seconds. Eden Foods Mirin Rice Cooking Wine's alcohol content, about ten
percent, quickly evaporates when cooked with food or may be removed by heating
it to the boiling point, and allowed to cool before adding to uncooked
Mirin originated in Japan during the 15th century and was initially made by
simply mixing cooked sweet rice together with sake, a traditional Japanese rice
wine. In the 16th century mirin brewers began distilling this sweet wine in an
effort to prolong its shelf life. This distilled wine called 'shochu', or 'fire
spirits,' had a very high alcohol content. Over the next several centuries
brewers further experimented with shochu by adding cooked sweet rice and rice
koji enzymes and eventually sea salt to further reduce the alcohol content.
Originally mirin was very expensive and not affordable to the general public.
Eventually its virtue as a seasoning was discovered and mirin began to be used
in Japan's highest, most elegant form of cooking, 'Kaiseki,' or tea ceremony
cooking. Over the years mirin's popularity as a seasoning increased among the
general public as it became more affordable, but the quality of most mirin
Today most commercial mirin is made from molasses, glucose, artificially
produced koji enzymes (many of which are genetically engineered), cornstarch,
ethyl alcohol, preservatives and other additives that are simply mixed with
water and fermented very quickly. Chemical denaturing additives are used instead
of sea salt to reduce the alcohol content. The results are less healthful and
inferior in quality and flavor. Eden Foods Mirin Rice Cooking Wine is of
superior quality containing no artificial ingredients.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does Eden use any chemical additives, preservatives, or chemical or
Genetically Engineered derived 'processing aides' in any of its foods?
No. They choose not to and make sure all ingredients are natural too.
Are any Eden Foods or ingredients subjected to food irradiation?
No Eden foods or ingredients are ever irradiated. Eden banned
irradiated food on August 13, 1988.
Are all Eden Foods certified organic? Approximately 80
percent of Eden Foods are double certified organic, both by USDA NOP certifiers
and by their Chairman and president. Some Japanese Imported and Macrobiotic
specialty products, as well as olive oil, are not certified organic, even though
they are grown and processed in the traditional manner and are the finest we can
What percentage of Eden Foods are United States and North American
grown? Approximately 75 percent of Eden Foods are organically grown on
more than 360 family farms of North America with over 80,000 acres of vibrant
farmland, and growing every year.
Do any Eden Foods contain dairy derivatives, eggs, gelatin, or animal
by products? None of their foods contain dairy derivatives, eggs,
gelatin, or animal derived by-products. Their teabags are crimped sealed and are
not glued. Their probiotic supplement, Bifa-15, does contain lactose and
gelatin. Eden Bonito Flakes (fish flakes) is the only non- vegetarian, non-vegan
food that we offer.
Does Eden employ Quality Control measures to ensure safe and
consistent food? Yes. Every food offered by Eden is subject to numerous
detailed and stringent Quality Control (QC) procedures. Eden's United States
facilities are inspected and rated by strict third party AIB International
inspectors. Eden's consistent high ratings reflect a deep, company wide
commitment to food safety, sanitation, and HACCP management programs. One
example is Edensoy, with over 240 quality control checks to ensure a consistent
and safe product. In addition to the guards and monitors that are part of the
machines, a package of soymilk is pulled from production every half hour and
thoroughly tested in every regard to be sure it meets our stringent standards.
Why does Eden carry foods that are kosher? Because, due to
their stringent purchasing disciplines they already were, so they had them
certified. And yes, Eden is committed to offering certified kosher and pareve
foods. In order for any food product to be certified kosher, its actual
production must be Rabbinically supervised. The Rabbi visits on a regular basis.
He inspects the machines prior to production and verifies that every step
required by Jewish Law has been observed and fulfilled. Not all Eden foods are
kosher, but 97 percent are; and all kosher foods offered by Eden are certified
and marked with a Circle-K on the package.
Who Says It's Organic?
In 1988 after twenty years of
doing organic certification ourselves, Eden adopted third-party organic
certification. Eden farm and factory systems, and manuals were guiding and
became bedrock for the new organic certifiers. Eden discerningly selects
certifying agencies for third-party certification. Their primary is the Organic
Crop Improvement Association (OCIA), yet they always maintain complete
responsibility for ensuring organic authenticity. It is far more than paperwork
to them. They know their growers well. They use third-party certifiers who work
with Eden standards, require an audit trail, and provide deep transparency.
Knowing what motivates their growers is essential to them before they can have
confidence in their food.
Regrettably, organic food no longer has to be natural food. There are
hundreds of chemicals and 'allowables' permitted in the USDA National Organic
Program (NOP) that Eden avoids. With USDA organic certification requirements
vary a lot, all the way to nonexistent. Accountability is rare, especially for
imported food. Eden does not consider food 'certified organic' unless they have
completed thorough due diligence regarding its authenticity. The same is true
for their non-genetically engineered claims. Eden organic food meets and exceeds
requirements for the USDA organic seal, but they do not use it because it does
not reflect Eden standards, in spirit or in practice.
GEO Free Assurance Since 1993
Since 1993 Eden has
diligently created a system that totally avoids genetically engineered food. The
GEO industry and USDA want us to believe commercial scale GEO free food is
impossible, as they've thoroughly (and intentionally) polluted the food supply.
Eden foods are proof that GEO free food is doable. They have the records, tests,
and foods that demonstrate it.
The Non-GMO Project (The Project) was created by industry members from all of
its sectors in the U.S.A. and Canada. The Project works to provide consumers and
makers a third party non-GMO verification program through all levels of the
supply chain, providing verified non-GMO alternatives to the public. Eden Foods'
president, Michael Potter is one of eleven governing members of its board of
directors who have been involved in initiating, funding, and writing standards
for The Project. The Project is North America's first independent non-GMO
verification program utilizing on-site facility audits, document and systems
reviews, and DNA PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing of all inputs at risk
for GMO contamination.
Realizing that powerful forces were
determined to make food irradiation a common practice, Eden first communicated
with our customers about this issue and established a Zero Tolerance policy for
irradiated foods in 1988. Today, as irradiation is an ever-increasing threat to
human rights and health, Eden's position remains Zero Tolerance. Rigorous
selection and screening down to every herb, spice, and seasoning provides us
100% confidence that no EDEN food or ingredient is, has been, or ever will be
subject to irradiation. They encourage your vigilance and activism.
Eden has managed certification of its kosher
foods since 1982. Today 91% of EDEN foods are kosher. Eden chose the Organized
Kashrus Laboratories of Brooklyn, New York and their mark because of their
reputation for meticulous attention to detail dating back to 1935. They began
this in 1982 after realizing our natural foods were already, by virtue of our
selection criteria, completely qualified for kosher status.
About Eden FoodsEden Foods
- A principled natural food company - Organic food no longer has to be
- Independently owned and operated for over 43 years
- Only the finest food that can be procured from growers and handlers we know
- Doing everything it takes to acquire the absolute best, no shortcuts
- Full transparency â€“ complete disclosure of ingredients and all handling
- Great tasting food that is pure & purifying
- All Eden facilities rated Superior, AIB International's highest rating
Over 40 Years Agoâ€¦
Eden Foods began in Ann Arbor in the
late 1960s with friends sourcing natural food. Youth motivated by a study of a
worldwide phenomenon centered upon macrobiotics: eating a diet of whole grain
and seasonal local plant foods that are not nutrient depleted and without toxic
chemical adulteration. Natural foods were simply not available at the time, so
they started the Eden food co-op to bring them in. Their initial $200 orders to
Erewhon in Boston and Chico-san in California were well received and caused a
local stir. This lead to co-op members traveling rural roads, knocking on doors
looking for farmers to grow food using organic methods.
The Eden co-op grew into a natural food store offering whole grains, beans,
soyfoods, sea vegetables, miso, cereals, vegetable oils, seed and nut butters,
and the like. It expanded adding a cafeteria, bakery, and books, and became
known as the Eden Deli. It was one of very few places in the U.S.A. where you
could get natural, organic, macrobiotic food. Folks came from near and far.
Health food stores called asking to get the foods Eden was carrying. An EDEN
brand began to take shape.
In 1972 Eden opened its first warehouse and established relations with
artisan Japanese traditional food makers. Imports of sea vegetables, teas, miso,
shoyu, umeboshi plums, kuzu root starch, rice vinegar, rice bran pickles, mirin,
etc. followed, and this solidified Eden as an important natural food source for
the United States and Canada.
Eden is the oldest natural and
organic food company in North America and the largest independent manufacturer
of dry grocery organic foods. They are deeply rooted in Michigan about twenty
miles southwest of Ann Arbor. It is here they manage grower relations,
manufacturing, trucking, quality control, customer and retailer services,
marketing, import/export, accounting, databases and websites. Over 95% of EDEN
foods are sold in natural food stores, co-ops, and supermarkets via traditional
natural and grocery distribution channels. Web site, employee, and wholesale
sales make up the remainder.
Eden tracks the environmental impact of its food upstream with suppliers,
through company operations, and downstream monitoring all its social impacts.
Energy consumption and waste are tracked using custom in-house tools. In 2009
Eden Foods was selected as the best food company in the world, and the third
best company overall by The Better World Shopping Guide. They acknowledged
Eden's outstanding record in social and environmental responsibility. The
company earned A+ and A ratings in ten food categories. This is further
explained at edenfoods.com/betterworld
Locally Grown Food
Eden buys all food from, and pays
farms directly getting more cash to them. Most is grown a few miles to a few
hundred miles from home base. In the Midwest they source wild rice, beans,
spelt, soybeans, cabbage, apples, tart cherries, strawberries, pastry wheat, and
tomatoes. Other North American family farm organic food includes grains from the
Midwest and Western high plains; almonds, pistachios, and brown rice are from
California; flax and mustard seed are from Saskatchewan; dulse is from New
Brunswick. â€¦too many to list here.
Cooking and packaging centers around home too. EDEN prepares 70% of its items
at headquarters: fresh milled whole grain flours, gomasio sesame salts,
unrefined vegetable oils, vinegars, soy sauces, roasted almonds and seeds,
packaged snacks, whole grains, sea salt, popcorn and other grain. EDENSOY is
made twelve miles east at an affiliate company we founded to bring its
manufacture from Japan to Michigan. Eden Organic Pasta Company is in Detroit.
Meridian Foods cannery for organic beans, refried beans, rice and beans, and
chilies is in east-central Indiana. EDEN organic udon and soba noodles are made
at Sobaya Company in Montréal, PQ. Some EDEN food comes from afar: extra virgin
olive oil from Spain, high altitude white and red quinoa from the Andes
mountains, chamomile from Egypt, and green tea and traditional healthy food from
Japan. The soybeans in their miso and soy sauces are non-GMO, U.S.A. Midwestern
EDEN Mirin can be used as a multipurpose liquid seasoning for grilled dishes such as tofu, tempeh, fish, seafood and vegetables. It adds complexity to soups, noodle broth, sauces, poached fish and tofu dishes, marinades, gravies, salad dressings and sautéed vegetable dishes. It can be combined with EDEN Organic Brown Rice Vinegar and added to cooked sushi rice; this gives the rice a glossy appearance. To prepare dipping sauce for noodles, grilled foods, tofu, batter fried tempura and other foods, simply combine a little mirin with any EDEN Shoyu Soy Sauce and a little freshly grated ginger or a pinch of EDEN Wasabi (Japanese Horseradish) powder. EDEN Mirin produces a beautiful, shiny finish for glazing pie crusts and pastries. It can also be used in making desserts such as poached fruit and puddings. To use it in place of sugar, add one tablespoon of EDEN Mirin for each teaspoon of sugar called for in the recipe.
|Eden Foods Mirin Rice Cooking Wine - 10.5 oz (300 mL)
|Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon (17 g)
|Servings Per Container: 20
||Amount Per Serving
| Calories from Fat
|*Daily Value Not Established
|Other Ingredients: Water, Rice Koji (Aspergillus oryzae), Sea Salt
About Eden Foods
Eden was founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1968 by a group of friends who were trying to source good food. They were motivated by their studies of a worldwide phenomenon centered upon macrobiotics and its principles of whole grains, plant based protein, and locally grown food produced without toxic chemicals, etc. Because they couldn't find this kind of food in the grocery stores, they started the Eden Food co-op, placing $200 orders to Erewhon in Boston and Chico-San in California. They also began traveling rural roads to find farmers who were interested in organic farming methods. The Eden co-op became a natural food store offering whole grains and beans, soyfoods, sea vegetables, miso, cereals, vegetable oils, sesame butter, nut butters, and the like.
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I absolutely LOVE this cooking wine. I originally started using it on the macrobiotic diet and have continued to use it on a regular basis. My husband loves how yummy mushrooms and onions taste when sauteed in Mirin. You'll love it too.
Other brands, which may be cheeper, are often made of sugar water rather than actual rice wine. (I know, shocking!) Be sure to read the lable. I've searched online and in stores and this was the best price I could find.
The only authentic mirin on the market. Unfortunately overpriced though