You have to get up pretty early in the morning to find us a kitchen gadget we've never seen, but we have to confess to our jaws absolutely dropping open when we saw this mochi kneading machine on Devoureth.
Mochi, which are usually sweet rice cakes stuffed with ice cream or other treats, can pretty easily be made with rice flour. Traditionally, however, mochi was made by basically beating the hell out of rice with mallets for a horrible amount of time. It was incredibly labor intensive, so only made for special occasions. If you want to try it the old fashioned way, but don't feel like working up a sweat, a mochi kneading machine is probably your best bet.
Devoureth's tumblr was so inundated by questions after these gifs went up, that they created a super-helpful mochi kneader FAQ, with tons of info on where to buy them, how much they cost and how they work:
If you have a bread maker or a bread machine at home, it works the same way—only with a much more powerful motor. There’s a little contraption at the bottom that spins and kneads the rice. In the olden days, way back when, mochi was made by pounding rice with wooden mallets in a large mortar type thing. The machine is just a modern reinvention of the same mechanism.
You can pick up a mochi maker for a little over $200-300 on Amazon. Let us know if you try one out!
If these gifs aren't enough to satisfy your mochi-kneading-mania, check out the original video of the whole process, by YouTube user kaneinf.