Many consumers have emailed me on the use and care of terracotta cookware. They have said: “OK, I purchased my clay bakeware, now what?”
Excellent question and I will try and help.
Before using your terracotta cookware for the first time, wash thoroughly with hot water. Do not us soaps.
Each time you use your clay bakeware, immerse both the top and base in cold water for about 15 minutes. Pour off excess water. After adding all the ingredients place your terracotta bakeware in the center of a COLD oven.
DO NOT ADD COLD LIQUIDS once the clay cookware is hot.
DO NOT PLACE your terracotta bakeware over on open flame or hot cooking plate.
Regular recipes can be converted for clay pot cooking by increasing the cooking temperature by 100F and deducting one-half hour of cooking time.
Terrcotta bakeware is ideal for the microwave. Because microwave ovens vary to such a great degree, use the oven manufacturer’s guidelines for cooking times.
Take care not to shock by clay pot cookware by moving it from one extreme temperature to another.
Use pot holders or oven mitts to move your terrcotta bakeware when hot, and place it on a trivet, mat or folded dishtowel when moving it out of the oven.
Cleaning after use: use hot water only, and a stiff natural bristle or mylon brush, or a nylon scouring pad to clean your clay pot cookware after each use. DO NOT USE SOAPS. A little baking soda will cut any grease. Never use cold water when the terracotta bakeware is hot.
When not in use, keep your clay cookware in a place where the air circulates. Place lid upside down on top of base when storing, to allow air to circulate inside the bottom of the roaster.
Use one clay pot cookware for fish and a separate one for meats, to keep the flavors separate.
- Hand wash your terracotta bakeware in hot water with some baking soda and a nylon or natural bristle pad or brush.
- Do not wash with soaps or detergents.
- Always place your clay pot cookware in a COLD oven.
- Take care to avoid extreme temperature changes, ie. placing it in a hot oven.
- Never pour hot liquids into a cold clay pot cookware, or cold liquids into a hot terracotta bakeware.
- Always pre-soak for 15 minutes.
- Avoid open flame or hot plate.
Clay pot cooking saves time, reserves nutrients and vitamines, avoids excess fats in cooking.
Terracotta bakeware for healthy natural cooking.
One of the best holiday meals I have tasted recently was baked in a clay pot.
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