...after the Cutter cuts the mochi, they had it to the "Catcher" position and they roll the hot, hot mochi into rounds and drop them onto a cookie sheet. It is a fast process and your hands can turn red in a short time! My cousin's family from Vermont came to make mochi for the first time - Jen, Chris and Holly were all naturals!
My cousin Denise and her niece Kayla take the mochi off the cookie sheets and let cool. The powder on the table is mochiko rice flour.
My aunt Kim is the master packer. Below, you can see the zillions of zillions of mochi that we made. Most families divide up the mochi and deliver them to friends and family so they can have fresh mochi on New Years day. My mom and I delivered mochi to 6 places on Saturday night!