Monday, December 08, 2014

wholefood step-by-step: # 20 organic tamari

After a long sabbatical from this series due to our road trip, its back!

Wholefood step-by-step: every Monday I post about a small step you can make on your wholefood journey.

My aim in writing this blog is to help keep you inspired and informed; to take away the overwhelm and make it all feel doable.

We have Pureharvest to thank for kicking me back into gear with this series. They sent me a hamper with some of their goods to try. I chose to write about them here because I buy them already so am happy to recommend them to you. Also, one lucky reader has a chance of winning a Pureharvest hamper to the value of $50. Before we get into the giveaway details let's talk tamari.

What is tamari?

Tamari is a condiment similar in taste, colour and consistency to soy sauce. Tamari has more depth and roundedness to its flavour than soy, it is salty like soy but not as sharp.

Traditionally tamari is associated with Japanese cuisine and soy sauce with Chinese cuisine. This is due to the fact that tamari is the produced in the process of making miso. Miso is a fermented soybean paste used extensively in Japanese cuisine.

Pureharvest tamari is gluten free and made from non gmo soybeans.

How do I use tamari?

Tamari can be used in any dish you would normally use soy sauce.

My two favorite ways to use it are as a dipping sauce for nori rolls or in a marinade such as on these easy, crowd-pleasing tamari and honey chicken drumsticks. Or in this great home made teriyaki sauce. You can also add a splash to any dish that calls for saltiness and depth of flavour such as stews, casseroles and soups.

Home made tamari almonds are delicious too, toss almonds in a bowl with enough tamari to coat the nuts thoroughly, then spread the almonds out in a single layer on a baking tray leaving any excess liquid in the bowl and bake in the oven at 170 C for 20 minutes, cool completely and store in an airtight jar.

Where can I buy tamari?

Tamari is sold in most health food and organic food stores. You can buy it online here.
Many Pureharvest products including tamari can be found in major and independent supermarkets.

Pureharvest Giveaway
If you live in Australia and would like to win a Pureharvest hamper to the value of $50 all you have to do is leave a comment below and the winner will be selected by random number generator on Monday 15th December and announced back here on this post at 8pm (Melbourne time).
This giveaway is open Australia wide. Sorry international readers I'll do one for you soon!

Please make sure to check back and that I am able to find your email address via the link in your comment. Good luck! And feel free to share with friends who might like to enter.


Congratulations to Claudine Pollard! There will be a Pureharvest hamper coming your way soon Claudine. Thankyou to everyone who entered.


  1. Tamari, sounds great! I've never used it, but will try in place of soy sauce for a change. Hope you are well and surviving the madness of end of school year and festivities :)

  2. Thank you, great to have this series back.

  3. Yes, great to have you back Nikki. I have been using tamari because its easier to find organic tamari than organic soy sauce. Not to confuse the issue, but I have also been hearing about coconut aminos and been too lazy to look into it....

  4. I have just started using Tamari and found it in the health food section of Woollies. It's great in fried rice which I have been enjoying. Dr Libby uses Tamari in her whole food recipe books too which is where I first heard about it. A gift basket at Christmas time would be awesome. Kathy A, Brisbane

  5. i'm slowly trying to change my family's eating habits so we can all be healthier and i would love to try this so this would be great to win thank you for the chance

  6. I adore Tamari! I use it to marinade chicken - with garlic, ginger, salt + pepper and I've been adding a bit to jasmine rice when I cook my current pregnancy obsession - fried rice. I'd love to win this giveaway simply because I'm all out of tamari and haven't yet made it to the organic store to stock up. Thanks for the opportunity, Nikki x

  7. This looks amazing and it would solve my problem as to what to give my Mum for Christmas.

    1. Just in case you can't see my email it is bentravia[at]hotmail[dot]com


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