Recent additive-free finds

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I have been making a bit of an effort to buy more additive-free and organic pantry items. I have started keeping my eyes peeled for organic/additive-free products in the supermarket. My food philosophy tends to be eat as healthy as possible with what is available. You should be able to find some of these items in your local supermarket. I have found a lot of additive-free and organic food at the local OK Supermarket, a discount supermarket.

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Organic soy sauce

有機しょうゆ (ゆうき しょうゆ yuuki shouyu)

I have been using this soy sauce for a couple of weeks and I like it. It is made by Yamasa which is the company I usually buy non-organic soy sauce. This is a picture of the bag it was sold in.

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Additive-free sausages
無添加 ソーセージ (むてんか ソーセージ mutenka souseeji)
I spotted this about a week ago for the first time and tried them. They taste like normal chemical laden sausages. They were about 270 yen for one pack so they are a bit more expensive than regular sausages.

additive-free-potato-chips-japanAdditive-free potato chips

無添加ポテトチップス (むてんか ぽてと ちっぷす mutenka poteto chippusu)

My husband got into these before I had a chance to eat them. He said they tasted good.

organic-soy-sauce-japan(Mostly) Organic soy sauce

有機しょうゆ (ゆうき しょうゆ yuuki shouyu)

This one is made from organic soy beans but all other ingredients are not organic. I have never made soy sauce before so I can’t say how much non-organic material is in the soy sauce.

organic-coffee-japanOrganic Coffee

有機コーヒー (ゆうき こうひい yuuki kouhii)

I don’t drink coffee so I will not be able to review it but it is there for you to try.

organic-natto-japanOrganic natto

有機納豆 (ゆうき なっとう yuuki nattou)

Another product I can’t stomach but the boys of the house love it. Aside from OK Supermarket, which sells organic natto for the same price as non-organic, supermarkets seem to sell organic natto in two packs for the same price as a three pack of non-organic. Not too bad if you don’t go through a lot.

Do you have a favorite organic or additive-free product? Please leave a comment (preferably with a link to a picture) below  in the comments.

New Allergy Friendly Recipe Series

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I’m back! I’ve been away for a little bit as you have probably noticed. I just finished up a job that icluded a lot of writing and I was burnt out. The thought of writing anything else made me cringe so I stopped writing posts. I didn’t make anything blogworthy anyway… August was a month of fairly boring food, aside from the recipes I created for the rice cooker cookbook. I finished my job at the end of August and made myself take a week off of content creation. I’m back and really excited to create new recipes and some interesting content as well.

This brings me to an announcement of a project that I have been thinking about for a while. I often get asked for help finding allergen-free products and I have decided to create some Japan-friendly recipes for those with allergies. And I need your input for that.

Please leave comments below telling me:

  • What food allergies you have
  • What kind of allergen-free recipes you would like to see
  • What ingredients you are having a hard time finding in Japan

I’ll be posting allergen-free recipes from October every two weeks until the end of December.

Getting your Calcium in Japan

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I don’t drink milk. Cow’s milk gives me a stomach ache and although I like soy milk I don’t drink it very often.  Now, post nuclear incident, some people are avoiding milk for the time being. You can always take a supplement but I prefer to get my vitamins and minerals as naturally as possible. Here a list of some calcium rich foods in Japan. I found an excellent list here in Japanese. I have translated the top 32 with water content above forty percent and the top eight with water content forty percent or below.

All amounts are milligrams per 100g serving.

The top 32 calcium rich foods in Japan with water content over 40%

Sakura shrimp (sakura ebi)

桜えび

690

Processed cheese

プロセスチーズ

630

Dried tiny white fish (usually Japanese anchovies) (shirasuhoshi)

しらす干し(半乾燥)

520

Japanese sand lance (ikanago)

いかなご

500

Japanese smelt – fried or natural (ayu)

あゆ(天然/焼)

480

Camembert cheese

カマンベールチーズ

460

Japanese pond smelt

わかさぎ

450

Whole dried sardines (iwashi no maruboshi)

いわしの丸干

440

Sardines (iwashi) packed in oil

いわしの油漬

350

Shishamo smelt (shishamo)

ししゃも

350

Thin deep-fried tofu (aburaage)

油揚げ

300

Parsley

パセリ

290

Kabu leaves preserved in rice bran (nuka) (kabu no ha no nukatuke)

かぶの葉のぬか漬

280

Ganmodoki (a processed tofu product)

がんもどき

270

Jew’s Mallow

モロヘイヤ

260

Mackerel canned in water (saba no mizunikama)

さばの水煮缶

260

Thick deep fried tofu (atsuage)

厚揚げ

240

Basil

バジル

240

Shiso leaf

しそ

230

Daikon radish leaves

だいこんの葉

220

Kale

ケール

220

Mini daikon leaves (tsumamiha)

つまみ菜

210

Raw potherb mustard (mizuna)

きょうな(生)

210

Dried tiny white fish (shirasuhoshi)

しらす干し

210

Potherb mustard picked with salt

(also known as mizuna)

きょう菜の塩漬

200

Kabu (turnip) leaves

かぶの葉

190

Raw konoshiro gizzard shad (nama konoshiro)

このしろ(生)

190

Sardines preserved in salt water (mezashi)

めざし

180

Arabesque greenling – dried opened (hokke – hiraki)

ほっけ(開き)

160

Preserved mustard leaves (karashihatuke)

からし菜漬け

150

Miso (made from soy)

みそ(豆みそ)

150

Rape (komatsuna)

小松菜

150

The top eight calcium rich foods in Japan with water content 40% or below

Dried shrimp (hoshi ebi)

干しえび

7100

Dried sardines (niboshi)

煮干し

2200

Dried sakura shrimp (sakuraebi no suboshi)

桜えびの素干し

2000

Preserved shrimp boiled in soy sauce (Ebi no tsukudani)

えびの佃煮

1800

Hijiki (dark edible seaweed)

ひじき(乾)

1400

Salted green peas (endomame – shiomame)

えんどう豆(塩豆)

1300

Parmesan cheese

パルメザンチーズ

1300

Sesame seeds (goma)

ごま

1200

 

**I am neither a dietician or a physician. I merely translated this list. Please contact a dietitian or physician for nutrition advice**