Rebecca Paul

Edible Sake Bottles Made From Sun-Dried Squid

by , 01/06/10

sustainable design, green design, biodegradable materials, edible tableware, squid sake jars, Ika Tokkuri

These traditional “Ika Tokkuri” sake bottles are 100% edible and are made from a surprising source – sun-dried squid! Authorities in Takahama recently established the “Committee to Reinstate the Sake Bottle Squid”, so the edible table wear is finally making its comeback. For those of you who enjoy the rice wine known as sake, we are pleased to report that these salty vessels will enhance its flavor and after about five uses make for a delicious snack.

sustainable design, green design, biodegradable materials, edible tableware, squid sake jars, Ika Tokkuri

The process for making the Ika Tokkuri starts when cuttlefish are caught, cleaned and set outside in the sun for drying. Once partially dried, the skins are stuffed with grain or rice and molded by hand in to the shape of a bottle. With the drying process complete the bottles are ready for use. The best part is that when warm sake is poured into the Ika Tokkuri, it absorbs the salty flavors from the dried squid and becomes milder and smoother in flavor

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5 Comments

  1. octopod July 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Squid is not the same as cuttlefish…which is this? Squid stocks are not depleted by overfishing and cuttlefish are — it’s an important difference!

  2. jamesmallon February 14, 2010 at 10:04 am

    All I know is I don’t want my ‘nihon-shu’ to taste like squid.

  3. MeganMurray January 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Have to agree with Tayo. I can’t see how the irresponsible over fishing of a species is in anyway ecologically sound. Encouraging such behavior by endorsement is equally irresponsible. Not what I’d hoped from Inhabitat. Major disappointment.

  4. tayo65000 January 8, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Cuttlefish turned into sake bottles. Once again man kills to satisfy a capricious, selfish desire. This is absolutely disgusting.

  5. Piper Kujac January 7, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    This is UBER cool! I know what my next house warming gift will be.. for someone uber cool.. or if someone uber cool would like to gift me with one of these, that would be even more uber cool :)

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