Benefits of cooking in clay pots

The earthenware had once been an intrinsic part of the Indian household. In olden days earthenware was used for cooking purposes and storing water in the earthen ware known as kalash for it keeps the water cool. Let us see what are the benefits of cooking in clay pots.

  • Clay pots prove good for slow cooking as their porous nature allows both moisture and heat to circulate easily through them. This helps in even, slow and delicate cooking. Roasts and stews are cooked well in earthen pots. Storage of water in earthenware allows the heat from the water to escape thereby keeping the water cool.

  • Clay being alkaline in nature helps in neutralising the pH balance of the food by interacting with the acid present in the food. Foods that are naturally acidic will acquire some natural sweetness. Acids in foods like tomatoes when cooked in earthen pots give the food a wonderful taste.

How to use your earthenware:

  • Gradual rise in temperature: Use earthen cookware only for cooking where the temperature rise takes place gradually. Sudden rise or fall of the temperature make lead to its cracking. Use a skillet to sauté ingredients before adding it to the pot.

  • Avoid adding cold water: Never add broth or cold water into an earthen pot that is already heated.

  • Earthenware alone in the dishwasher: If you are using the dishwasher for washing the glazed, earthenware do not put in other cookware with it. The rubbing may cause scratches on the earthenware.

  • Avoid scratchy powdered cleaners: The scratchy powdered cleaner for cleaning your earthenware. Use only a mild soap.

  • Soak the unglazed earthenware: To removed food items stuck to your unglazed earthenware, simply soak it in water without detergent. The detergent might be absorbed by the earthenware and prove poisonous while being used the next time.

What do you think?

Written by Smita Diwan

Smita Diwan is a Media & Communication evangelist with 15+ years of steady growth. She has served across diverse verticals of Broadcast Journalism, Corporate Communications, Digital Media and Public Relations. A fitness enthusiast, Smita devotes her ‘rare’ free-time to yoga and meditation. As she strongly believes that the right balance is the key to steady growth.


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  1. HI Smita, Thank you for writing this article and giving us the importance of cooking in clay pot. I tried doing using clay pot gas top but the pot cracked. I tried again with different clay pot and again it cracked. Then on my search I came across of Ceramic pot made completely out of clay and they can completely safe on gas top. Can you please look into these clay pots and send me your comments. After using these pots I am completely happy. These pots does not need careful attention like slow cooking, sudden cooling as you mentioned in your article. Link to the details of ceramic cookwares is given below.

  2. Thank you Mithun & Jamie for your feedback ! We will be coming up with more such article on where you can buy these online. Thanks everyone for your interest 🙂 keep reading & sharing !

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