As our health consciousness seeks healthier meals grows, we cannot overlook the cookware used to prepare those meals. The containers we choose have a significant impact on the taste, quality and nutritional value of food. While investigating which cookware was best for our health, I always noticed that clay pots were at the top of the list, but can I really cook my regular food with them? I wasn’t sure. A few weeks ago, after doing a lot of research on how they could be used in regular cooking, we tried it and bought one home. Now we can confidently say that everyone should give it a try. In fact, I have more space to store it safely in the kitchen, so I plan to buy a little more. Before you can convince me of my experience, let’s understand why you need to switch to clay pots.
Benefits of using a clay pot
- They inject calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sulfur, and many other minerals into your food, depending on the composition of the clay used to make these pots.
- Clay is alkaline in nature, which helps restore the pH balance of food.
- Gives a nice rustic aroma and enhances the flavor of your food that metal pots usually destroy.
- Preparing food in a clay pot requires slow cooking to help maintain maximum nutrition.
- Because the clay pot is porous, heat and moisture circulate evenly, so less oil is needed to cook in the clay pot.
- Prevents us from harmful chemicals and metals that seep into food when cooking with metals such as aluminum and non-stick cookware.
- They are pocket friendly and come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
- It is environmentally friendly and completely biodegradable.
How to choose them
Earthenware pots are available in both glossy and non-glossy forms. Both have their own advantages.
The glossy one is ready to use, has a glossy appearance and is easy to clean. They have a low ability to absorb water and thus promote good steam circulation. However, sometimes those glazes can be of low quality, which can contain harmful chemicals. On the other hand, unglazed pots, which require a little more care to increase porosity, have a better ability to balance the pH of food.
How to use clay cookware
- Clay cookware should be prepared by soaking it in water for 24 hours or at least overnight before using it for the first time.
- The next day, scrub and dry. Next, you need to soak in starch water / rice, cooking water / rice soaked for another day.
- Please wash again and dry in the sun. After drying, wipe with vegetable oil and dry in the sun until absorbed in the pan.
- Now you are ready to use the clay pot.
- This preparation process may seem long, but it will extend the life of the clay pot.
How to maintain a clay pot
There are a few things to keep in mind when using clay pots in your daily life.
- Do not place a hot clay pot on a cold surface or put cold water in a hot pot. This thermal shock can cause cracks.
- You may not want to clean them with soap, as soap can get into the small pores of the pot and mix with food during cooking. Use ash, baking soda and salt, rice flour or gram flour to clean these pots.
- These pots work well with regular gas stoves, but they never heat empty pots with very high flames. It is advisable to keep the flame moderate to low during cooking.
If you don’t have a clay pot yet, it’s a good idea to get one and experience the goodness and flavor of food that you wouldn’t find in a regular cookware. Hope it helps if you plan to use this article. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments below!
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