Curing Clay Cookware!

Posted by Laura Paulisich on

"Before a Clay Cookware Piece is used for cooking the first time; it should be “cured” to seal the pores. Most pieces, since made with the best quality clay, will likely not need curing and can be used after light wash and slowly boiling some water, however, It is still a good idea to seal and cure the piece.

Every culture has different methods of sealing and curing their clay cookware. The most traditional method used in Colombia is to warm the clay piece slightly, then thoroughly rub the inside with a ripe plantain (a regular banana will do), leaving a thick coating on the clay. After drying for a bit, the piece can then be lightly washed to remove the residue.

The sealing can also be done with almost any oil, or even as easily as filling the piece with a mixture of milk and water and boiling it for a few minutes. During the boiling, some seepage may occur which is quite normal, however, the boiling action will eventually seal the pores.

Finally, to cure the piece, start sautéing some onions or garlic with a little oil or butter. This will finish the process and you are then ready to begin cooking."

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  • Is it normal for the pot to change color why the bottom of the pot after the first cook?

    Melanie on

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