ⓘ Kezuriki. Katsuobushi kezuriki is a traditional Japanese kitchen utensil, similar to a wood plane or mandoline. It is used to shave katsuobushi, dried blocks of ..

                                     

ⓘ Kezuriki

Katsuobushi kezuriki is a traditional Japanese kitchen utensil, similar to a wood plane or mandoline. It is used to shave katsuobushi, dried blocks of skipjack tuna.

The technique used to prepare the cooking ingredient is pulling and pushing a block of katsuobushi across the blade in the device in a back-and-forth movement. The resulting shavings are captured in a wooden drawer at the bottom of the instrument and retrieved by opening and emptying the shavings that are roughly sorted into two sizes for different uses.

The shavings are a staple of Japanese cuisine. Larger, thicker shavings, called kezurikatsuo 削り鰹; けずりかつお, are boiled with kombu to make dashi stock. Smaller, thinner shavings, called hanakatsuo 花鰹; はなかつお, are used as a flavoring and as a topping for many Japanese dishes, such as okonomiyaki.

Today, many Japanese households no longer use the katsuobushi kezuriki, opting instead to buy packages of already-shaved hanakatsuo or kezurikikatsuo at supermarkets.