Clay Pot Cooking
Today clay pot cooking can be as easy or as difficult as you would like it to be, depending on the recipe you choose to make. In my experience with clay pot cooking everything put into the pot comes out moist and delicious and still maintains its nutritional value. Because the top seals in all the natural flavors of your food none of the vitamins and minerals are lost and baked right in.
The beauty of clay pot cooking is that everything for a well balanced family meal can be placed into the pot. Chicken, beef, pork or fish placed into this cooking vessel will come out delicious. Pile in the potatoes, carrots, onions or garlic and it will just enhance the flavors of the meat you choose. But donít stick to just your savory meals, try making a cake or loaf of bread in your clay pot. The results will amaze you!
If you feel you have baked something with a strong flavor such as fish, garlic or something spicy, to eliminate these odors soak your clay pot in a sink of warm water and two tablespoons of baking soda overnight. This process will get rid of any unwanted flavors for the next use. Rinse thoroughly and dry out in the open preferable in the sunlight.
Almost all clay pots that are unglazed have to be completely submerged in water and soaked for 15 minutes, making sure that the full top and bottom are covered completely in cool water. This process lets the clay pot absorb all the water it can to help in steaming your meal. Never place the room temperature clay pot in a hot oven, since this could cause cracking. Start the cooking process from a cool oven. Place your clay pot in a cold oven then set your oven to the recipe directions. Also, never place the hot clay pot on a cold or wet surface this could also cause cracking. When taking your clay pot out of the oven place on a wooden cutting board to avoid extreme temperature changes.
Other precautions you should take when using your clay pot would be to never place directly on to a stove burner. They are not designed to take direct heat. Remember to let your clay pot come to room temperature before washing it and do not use any type of commercial soap as the vessel could absorb the soap and affect the flavor of your food. If you have stubborn food particles you can use a paste of table salt to scrub it clean.
Store your clay pot in a cool dry place with a piece of cloth or paper towel between the lid and bottom. After several uses of your clay pot you may notice some discoloration of the clay. Donít worry this just adds character and attractiveness to your clay pot.
If you have never tried clay pot cooking before, I highly recommend this amazingly flavorful and easy way to make your next meal.
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Clay Pot Cooking
Wondering what clay pot cooking is? Well these beautifully designed cooking vessels perfect the one pot cooking theory. Usually oval in shape I have seen them in fish, fruit and vegetable designs too.
The origins of Clay pottery date back to the Neolithic period around 6000 BC. The nomads used it for cooking but because it was heavy and very breakable it was not taken from place to place but remade in each new environment. To think that clay pot cooking can be dated back that far seems like they were on the right track to making delicious meals even that long ago.
Cooking with a Clay Baker