Proinsias wrote:Confused, does a pack of shincha morph into non-shincha as it lies in its little foil pack in my house?
I'm sure I've heard you say, Chip, that you've enjoyed packs of shincha you had stored for months or more. Am I missing something, is stale shincha an oxymoron?
Ah ... your question brings further clarity in my mind, shincha has gone through final processing and is packaged for IMMEDIATE sale ... traditionally ... so I have understood. Shincha is traditionally off the shelves by around July or so of the same harvest year. Or sooner, once it is gone, it is gone, period.
When shincha stocks are low, they do NOT pull out shincha from their storage, process/package and sell it as Shincha. Just not done this way ... except by either those who mislead or do not understand the terminology. The subtle differences between the terms shincha and ichibancha.
The shincha we buy has gone through final processing and packaging and final sale ... we buy it as shincha and it basically remains shincha til we use it.
If a shincha is placed into bales for future final processing and packaging at a future date, it becomes simply ichibancha. This is what happens to most shincha in the spring, we then purchase it as ichibancha later in the harvest year ... it is not longer referred to as shincha. The more precise term at that time is ichibancha.
Kuradashi is placed into the granery for use at a future date when it will go through a final processing and packaging.
Or is this an exception to the rule like i before e except after c?
You notice Den's does not say 2010 Shincha Kuradashi even though they used 2010 shincha for their kuradashi.
Am I just a hard line funTeamentalist?