Are all unglazed clay cooking pots are the same? What makes them the best choice for healthy cooking?

In just a few hours, it will be time to cook food and then serve dinner to your family. You are making stews with vegetables, potatoes and meat, and you taste test the stew while at the stove. The cooked food seems to lack flavor though you added lots of spices. Then you begin to think about the glazed bottom and sides of the cooking vessel you used, and wonder about the safety of cooking in it. Is there something better, healthier, and that will retain the food tastes through the cooking process?

From ancient cookware to modern cookware

Why is it that clay cookware continue to be used and found in every civilization to date? Even with the shiny new metal cookware? Clay is a natural resource and has been used in cooking since the Stone Age. It is also considered non-toxic, so you don’t have to worry about harmful vapors or toxins leaching into food. Food cooked in clay ideally retains the natural flavors and nutrients better than other pots.

Moreover, clay holds heat better, maintaining a consistent temperature for an extended period. They are easy to clean and can go directly from oven to table, where they make for an attractive presentation. Being a timeless and dependable option for healthy cooking due to their safety, flavor retention, and temperature consistency, clay pot cooking holds relevance despite availability of various metal cookware.

Metal vs clay pots

Clay vessels are generally considered safer than metal pots because they are made from natural materials and do not leach chemicals or heavy metals into your food. However, metal pots may leach into your food, resulting in potential health risks. Aluminum, for example, leaches easily and has been linked to Alzheimer’s and other health problems. Similarly, cast iron, copper, and stainless steel pots, being made from reactive metals, leach during cooking. Because of this, some cooks ditch metal pots and switch to glazed clayware or ceramics. But are they any safer? Keep reading to learn more.

Glazed or unglazed – which is best?

Unlike glazed pots, unglazed clay pots are not treated with chemicals, so they do not leach any potentially harmful substances into your food. Additionally, they hold in flavor and moisture better than glazed pots – thanks to semi-porous walls that maintain the pot’s breathability, making them a great choice for retaining the natural texture and flavor of your food. Are all unglazed pots safe? Discover more below.

Being unglazed doesn’t guarantee lack of toxins because there may be impurities in the clay itself, if it is low quality secondary or tertiary clay. All natural clay is non-toxic only in its purest form, which is primary clay.

What would you say if we told you there is an all natural primary clay cookware that is certified toxin-free, made for use on electric stoves as well as for a gas stove? And one that offers some unique features and benefits that you won’t find in any other cooking pot?

Miriams pure clay slow cooker and more

Miriams Earthen Cookware (MEC) is a US-based brand that offers cookware made from lab tested primary clay without additives or glazes. They individually handcraft each piece using the ancient method of making pots on a potter’s wheel. Their ergonomically designed pots and pans come with a lid and can be used on gas, electric, glass cooktops and inside the oven. Fan of modern appliances? No problem, these are microwave safe and dishwasher safe, although hand-cleaning using baking soda and water is recommended so you can avoid toxic soaps.

You may wonder if you buy an unglazed vessel, will the food stick? These unglazed pure clay pots become naturally nonstick after initial seasoning and 4-5 uses of making water based recipes such as broth, brown rice, beans, soup and steamed vegetables.

These are great for slow cooking as they cook with no babysitting. Your typical crock pot dishes take less than half the time in Miriams pure clay as they do in other materials. What’s more? You can use the same vessel for all kinds of recipes like pressure cooker dishes, steamed veggies, rice & grains, bread, and so on.

Now that you know that Miriams unglazed clay cookware is the best choice to cook your favorite healthy dishes, head over to Miriams online store and order a clay pot or a pan today.

Delicious bread baked in Miriam's Earthen Cookware
Delicious bread baked in Miriam’s Earthen Cookware

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Sachin Sharma

I hail from a small but popular city of India known as Kurukshetra, mentioned numberless times in Indian/Hindu mythology because of some amazing historical events that supposedly took place there. I have done B.Tech in Information Technology but I decided not to be a Software Engineer as my qualification would have me be because it was all such a cliché. I love to live like a free spirit and do whatever I feel like doing at any moment. I have tried to work in multiple fields but none of them was interesting enough to keep me tied-up for too long. I am a typical Freelancer. I know I am destined to achieve greatness but when and how, I don't know yet.

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