How to care for clay pots

Written by Andres Bryant. Posted in Family

Clay cookware has been around for millennia, but it has only recently caught the eye of the general public, when everyone became very conscious and concerned with healthy living, healthy eating, being green and so on. Ultimately, this is a great goal and switching from regular cooking and pre-cooked or even ready meals to cooking in clay is certainly a process, but it’s one worth going through. If you’re all for healthy eating, then clay pots and pans are definitely what you need, as they don’t require fat or oil for cooking and they don’t leach any chemicals or metals into your food. Make sure however that your pots are made from pure-clay, which is 100% natural clay without additives. The great thing about them is that they can be used for both the oven and the stovetop, which means you don’t need a large range of products to cook all the meals and dishes you want.

Proper Use of Clay Cookware

As beneficial as cooking in clay may be, its success also depends greatly on you caring properly for the pots. This means not only cleaning them well, but also using them correctly. Obviously, once you purchase a vessel, it will come with manufacturer’s instructions on how to use and care for it, but there are general guidelines that suit any clay cookware product. First of all, it’s important to soak the pot in cold water before using it, anywhere between fifteen and thirty minutes. You have to take this step each time you want to use the pot and not just before the first use. Then, the clay pots must always be placed in a cold oven, centred, and brought to the cooking temperature gradually.

Proper Cleaning of Clay Cookware

Avoid regular dishwashing liquids when it comes to caring for a clay pot. Most manufacturers will recommend making a paste out of either salt or baking soda and water and use that to clean the cookware.  Storing clay cookware is the easiest thing, just invert the lid and place it over the pot, but you might want to have cotton towel in between, to give it some breathing space around it. All of these details are important because if you do use your clay pots and pans properly and care for them as you should, they will provide a lifetime of use.

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