How to soften Mochi again? 2 easy ways and tips

How to soften Mochi again? 2 easy ways and tips

If you make Mochi, you should eat soon for 2 reasons: 1, fresh Mochi is always the best and 2, Mochi becomes hard very soon!!! ヽ(‘ ∇‘ )ノ

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Why Mochi gets hard so soon?

Mochi becomes hard very fast if left unconsumed. This is because of changes to the starch due to drop in temperature and loss of moisture. Mochi desserts with sugar do not really harden as sugar helps to retain moisture. However, once it hardens, it becomes hard like a rock and cannot be eaten.

However, you can actually soften Mochi again and it is still delicious. Or you can also cook hard Mochi to turn it into delicious Mochi snack!


1: Soften Mochi using a microwave

The easiest way to soften Mochi is using a microwave. Mochi gets soft again if you warm it up up because starch of Mochi changes back to soft texture again.

1: Wet Mochi surface with water
2: Put Mochi on a microwave-safe plate and loosely cover it with a plastic wrap.
3: Microwave it for 30 sec to 1 min under 500W depending on how big the Mochi is.
4: Once Mochi gets nice and bloated, your Mochi is soft again!

Be careful not to microwave Mochi too much, as bloated Mochi may sticks to microwave’s walls, and it will be very hard to clean it.


2: Soften Mochi by boiling

Another easy way to soften Mochi is by using boiling water. With this, Mochi gets melting soft as it absorbs water.

1: Bring water to a boil in a pan
2: Put Mochi in and boil until Mochi gets soft.

Again, be careful not to boil Mochi too much otherwise Mochi melts in water. I also recommend you put hard Mochi in soup and eat together!



How to cook hard Mochi? Easy and delicious

Let me show you how to cook hard Mochi and make it into nice and crispy Mochi snack called Arare, a kind of Senbei.

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1: Break hard and dry Mochi into small bite pieces.
2: Deep fry Mochi in 160℃/320°F oil until it expands like pop corn, be careful as they become twice as big as before.
3: Season it with some salt or cheese or anything you like.

It is super crunchy and crispy and very delicious!



Matane! (in Japanese, means “see you soon!”)

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