Cooking in a clay pot is great fun. The flavour and aroma of your dishes get amplified when they’re cooked in a clay pot instead of a cooker or pan.
Chicken-based dishes, seafood rich with prawns and delicious broths are all cooked in clay pots because they are believed to add to the food’s nutritional benefits.
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Clay pots are usually available in the form of high-fired terracotta which are durable. Some even come in oven-friendly sizes. It’s not that complicated to cook in them. You just need to know a few things about cooking techniques before using this utensil for the first time.
Here are a few helpful tips for using and caring for your clay pot properly.
Be sure to never use your clay pot over a high flame. If the pot isn’t seasoned properly, high heat will cause it to crack.
If you’re using an oven, make sure the sides of your pot do not touch the sides of the oven.
While cooking fish, prawns and other seafood, cover the inside of the pot with peanut or olive oil, to make sure the food doesn’t stick to the surface. Be extra careful while cooking sticky curries and thick pastes.
When using the clay pot in an oven, keep the heat at a uniform temperature. Fluctuations in temperature will cause the pot to break.
Scrub your pot with a non-metallic brush or pad to remove residual oil and gravy. Never use a metallic cleaning coil as they ruin the surface of clay pots.
Stay away from soaps. Instead, use salt as an abrasive cleaning agent.
Allow the clay pot to soak overnight in the sink with water. Add a sprinkle of baking soda to the water. Then wash it away the following morning.
After washing, dry thoroughly and store with a towel wrapped around it.
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