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Types of cooking with clay pots

We live in a world where people have taken too many detours from health, whether it’s about healthy eating, healthy living, breathing healthy air and so on. It’s probably why there has been such a strong push for all things “green” and “healthy” lately and for good reason that was. When it comes to healthy eating, it’s not all about the food you buy, the produce you choose or only eating wholefoods, it’s also about the way you cook and the utensils you use. Here’s where pure clay cookware comes into play. It’s received a lot of advertising recently, as more and more people discovered the true benefits of cooking in pots and pans that don’t leach any toxins or metals into one’s food. Although clay pots seem like the ultimate slow cooker, which they probably even are, they’re also quite versatile and you can do so much more in them than just stews and soups.

Cooking on stove top

First off, pure-clay pots can be used both in the stovetop, in the oven, and also in your crock machines. So, if you have dishes or meals that you need to prepare on stove top, then there’s nothing impeding you to use pure clay cookware, provided of course that you purchase the right type. When you use clay pots for cooking on stove top, it’s best to start them at low temperatures, then increase to medium after about 5 to 7 minutes. Food will cook perfectly at medium heat, so there is no need to go past that. As a matter of fact, because these pots keep all the heat inside, you might even have to take the temperature to low again once the food starts cooking. It’s essential that you use a heat diffuser, especially if you have an electric stove.

Cooking in the oven

When cooking in the oven, place the pot in a cold oven and start the oven at 250 degree Fahrenheit, in 5-10 minutes you can increase the temperature to the desired setting. It’s best to avoid going past 450 degree Fahrenheit. The best part about cooking in these vessels is that the more you use them, the faster they’ll cook. In addition, after a while, it won’t even need the maximum temperature, as it will be able to perfectly cook your food on about 50 to 60 degrees less.

Cooking wet recipes

There are some clay pots that require soaking before every use, but there are also other products that only need seasoning once, which make it a lot more convenient. However, these clay cookware products will perform better if you use them for wet recipes for the first 4 or 5 times. Wet recipes refer to stews, rice, pasta, steaming vegetable or vegetable soups. When you cook this type of dishes in a clay pot, it will slightly shrink and thus become “fully seasoned”.

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