Binchotan is a traditionally Japanese charcoal that is completely different from American charcoal in just about every way possible. White binchotan is chemical free, almost smoke free, and burns for up to 4-5 hours at a consistent temperature. Not only is it ideal for grilling, but it will also last an entire service. The lack of chemical additives and the incredibly high heat preserves the flavorful juices, adds a beautiful sear, and makes anything barbecued on it absolutely delectable. These wonderful charcoal are not limited to kitchen usages, they also have health benefits if used properly!
Kishu binchotan is made in the city of Tanabe in Wakayama prefecture, and is the most widely recognized as the finest quality binchotan available in the world. The municipality is dedicated to maintaining the quality born of tradition in all its binchotan production by using ubame oak wood. The Kishu white binchotan hanmaru are halved pieces of the kishu binchotan, and will therefore be easier to light than the komaru.
Even if its no longer BBQ season and it's time to put those grills away for the cold winter, binchotan can still be used around the house.
Binchotan filters and absorbs chemicals in water. All water filters have white charcoal in them.
Absorbs dampness You can put it in your fridge to replace baking soda, then simply soak them in water to revive their effectiveness!
Try leaving binchotan on your bedside. Binchotan produces negative ions that helps the immune system and decreases electromagnetism.
Neutralizes and improves soil quality for plants.
Small amounts of binchotan powder can help kill stomach viruses, prevent food poisoning, and stop indegestion. *Warning: Large amounts is unhealthy.*
Small amounts in rice cookers increases the rice's calcium content and allows it to keep for longer.
Bathing with a little bit of binchotan in the water can help improve blood cycle, hair and skin.
Allow the charcoal sit over a direct flame for 30 minutes to an hour. Korin recommends using a binchotan starter pan for convenience.
Fan the charcoal to heat faster.
Please do not burn charcoal indoors, only in well ventilated areas. All types of burning charcoal will produce odorless Carbon Monoxide gas. For best result, keep in cool and dry environments. Damp charcoal may take longer to ignite and may be hazardous.