Modern clay pot designs looks natural and very attractive. Cooking with a unglazed clay pot allows you to cook without any liquids. You soak the pot in water before cooking and the water is released while the pot is cooking. It can be used in the oven and the microwave.
Natural clay pots offer an alternative, simple and healthy cooking style that allows to cook about any meal slowly and gently, retaining the juices and flavor. Clay pots and one-pot cookery is making a comeback in the US and home cooks like to rediscover how easy they are to use and love the results they are getting.
Clay pot cooking goes back thousands of years. Clay pots were used by most of the early civilizations including the Etruscans, Romans, and Chinese. You can find a variety of sizes and shapes of clay pots based on ancient designs still being used in Spain, France, Germany and North Africa.
Unglazed clay pot designs
Clay pot cooking
According to the Romertopf web site, as a porous material, the clay in a pot, that has been saturated with water, slowly releases steam from its pores during the cooking process. Juices released by the food as it cooks cannot escape from the pot. This seals in flavor and keeps food from drying out, without the need to add extra fats or liquids. Along with the flavor, essential nutrients and vitamins are retained in the food.
Advantages of cooking in clay pots
- More juicy and flavorful when cooking meats and poultry
- Crispier crusts when baking breads
- Prevents ingredients from drying out
- Meats can be trimmed of fat
- Chicken can be cooked without the skin
- No need for basting
- One-pot meals – chicken or meat can be cooked with rice or potatoes and vegetables together
What type of clay pot should you buy
Romertopf Clay Pots, conceived by Bay Keramik in 1966, is one of the most popular brands of unglazed clay pots available. They have a wide range of pots for cooking just about anything and come every size and shape imaginable.
The classic Romertopf clay pot is rectangular in shape with deep sides and a domed top but and comes in sizes that can handle 4 to 14 pounds. They also make a selection of Bread Bakers, Garlic Roasters, Chili Bowls, Utensil Holders and more.
Using an unglazed clay pot
- Soak clay baker in water for 10 to 20 minutes. Completely immerse both top and bottom.
- Place food in baker and it is ready to go in the oven. All the ingredients for a complete meal can be placed in one baker.
- Place your baker in a cold oven. Set the correct temperature and let the oven and baker heat up gradually.
- When serving your meal, enhance the decor by leaving it in the handsomely embossed terra-cotta baker.
- Remember to avoid sudden temperature changes. When removing your baker from the over after baking, keep it off of cold surfaces.