Homemade Hoshigaki – dried hachiya persimmons

In January, I started the process of making Hoshigaki, the Japanese dried persimmons that Sean and DPaul introduced me to in December. The process was fairly straight forward – next year, I am going to think ahead of time how to set up the drying racks, so that I can preserve more.

Step 1 – I washed the persimmons, then cut around the top of the crown.

Step 2 – Peeling the persimmon

Step 3 and 4 – Attach a rubber band into the cut around the crown. Connect rubber band to binder clip

Step 5 – Hang the persimmons on their binder clips from pretty ribbon strung between my kitchen cabinets. I am fairly certain this part of the process could be vastly improved, it was slightly odd having the persimmons hanging there all month (or 6 weeks in my case).

Step 6 – Slice and serve, or package between wax paper and save in airtight container. Interesting to note, my persimmons did not “bloom” which I wonder if that means I did something incorrectly. My friend Donia thinks it might be because of differing levels of sugar in the persimmon. Humm, no way to tell until I try it again next year.

Hedonia posted a winter salad using hoshigaki. And on Chowhound, there is a nice post about how to dry persimmons in 3 days in the oven.

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  1. Bobbi Gadget
    Twitter: kitchengadget
    Posted March 8, 2009 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    This is a very interesting recipe! I must say, I have never thought about doing that but it would be worth a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Kitchen Gadget Girl
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    Posted March 9, 2009 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    naturally, I wish there was a cool gadget to make this process easier, but from the pictures I have seen online, it looks like simpler is better for drying persimmons.

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