What Is Clay Pot Cooking & Why Is It Healthy?

Clay pot cooking is a cooking method that is as new as tomorrow and as old as time itself! It’s unique in that this inert, mineral rich composition of pure nature cooks your food without any additives like Metal Ions, Toxins or Glazes leaching in, like with conventional metal or ceramic cookware. They also have the unique ability to lock steam, locking nutrients and cook your food with superior, Far-infrared heat that cooks without damaging nutritional cells in the food.

Read more to find out how & why cooking in Pure-Clay is so healthy for you and our planet:

100% Non-Toxic, Pure Clay Cookware: Guaranteed to be Free of LEAD, CADMIUM, Metals, Chemicals, Glazes & Enamel (paint).

Also, there are no additives, plasticizers, feldspar, extenders, dyes, talc, mica, petalite or anything else added to our clay. They’re unglazed so no contamination there either. Then what is it made up of…? Pure & primary all-natural clay is made of nutrients such as Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous…& Micro-nutrients (see full list & testing info here). It’s made with ZERO negative impact on the environment. Our Raw material is Tested and Guaranteed to have NO LEAD or CADMIUM. It’s Metal & Toxins FREE. It’s so pure you can eat it! And our promise is to keep it this way.

100% Inert & Non-Reactive Cooking Surface:  Cook Your Food Without Contamination from the Pot.

Nothing from the pot reacts and leaches into your food because Pure Clay is naturally inert and non-reactive. Metals on the other hand are highly reactive — they react & leach into food and are very harmful in your body. Our cookware is also not coated with any glaze or enamel.

Steam Locking Lids: Stop Losing Water-Soluble Nutrients. Cook Without Extra Oil/Liquids & Other Fats.

Did you know: 9 out of 13 essential vitamins and minerals are water soluble and are constantly lost in the form of steam with conventional cookware?  With Pure-Clay, steam is locked inside… The double lock lid design, with the inner dome and outer shell locks the rising steam, cools / condenses it and sends it right back into your food. This feature also lets food cook with its own oils and juices so little to no oil or other liquids are needed

Superior Far-Infrared Heat Cooking: Cooks Food Evenly, Thoroughly & Without Damaging Nutritional Cells.

While conventional forms of heat and cooking quickly damage nutritional cells, the all-natural clay’s Far-Infrared heat slowly & evenly spreads out.   Once it’s evenly spread out, it rapidly finishes cooking your food by penetrating deep and without causing damage to the surface.  This unique method of cooking preserves the nutrients intact so you can get the FULL nutritional value of real food and don’t have to depend on artificial supplements. This feature also lets seasoning and spices go deeper reducing the need to use a lot of salt or seasoning.

Energy Saving: Cook Your Food Using 1/2 The Energy.

All foods cook on medium heat, using 1/2 the energy and taking about the same time. Save on energy bills, cook and live efficiently. There’s much more to the seemingly simple & elegant design. The entire pot & lid are made in sequential concentric circles and finished so that the bottom can take heat faster & spread evenly. The sides are finished in downward spirals so heat can be conserved and sent to the food. Pure-clay can keep your food warm for several hours making it the “most energy efficient pot” in our modern day kitchens.

 Multi-Cooking: Dutch Oven, Slow Cooker, Rice Pot, Pressure Cooker, Yogurt Maker… Saving You Money & Space!

Unique multi-functional design is ideal for several types of cooking both in the oven and stove top. They can also be used on wood fired stoves, inside slow-cookers, solar ovens and for outdoor cooking as well.

Professionally Handcrafted in the USA: With Raw Material From Within The USA.

What started off as one woman’s personal quest for the healthiest and safest way to cook food for her family, is now Miriams Earthen Cookware (read our story!) Each piece is unique in that they are individually hand crafted by professional potters. They’re made in Massachusetts, USA.  A Fully Functional Work of Art, Adding Much Beauty & Natural Décor to Your Kitchens!

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More Features and Benefits:

Terra-sigillata Finishing: Easy to Use & Clean, No Need to Soak Each Time Before Use. No Mixing of Flavors.

The natural Terra-sigillata finish calls for each piece to be individually hand burnished (with the same pure clay). This gives a beautiful sheen, is easy to clean and NO NEED for soaking in water before each use. Pure clay is naturally non-stick and this burnishing makes it even better. Also, the clay platelets get interlocked in this process and prevent flavors from seeping in and transferring to other dishes.

Easy-grip, Accident-Free Handles: Don’t Ever Burn Your Fingers Again.

Outside walls & handles don’t get burning hot even after 30 minutes of cooking, all the heat is conserved inside the pot. The handles run throughout the rim making it accessible from all sides. Chip resistant design makes it more durable and long lasting. The handles are set all the way at the top for yet another reason: so that they can stay cool for the longest period of time.

Well Priced:  And Price Match Guarantee.

While even other ceramic and glazed cookware, made in USA sells for $200+, our pure, 100% natural clay, unglazed pots come at a very affordable price! Find another American pot like ours selling for less? Let us know and we’ll beat the price by 10%.

​Exceptional Customer Care: Excellent Lifetime Customer Service.

We know clay cooking is rather new to many, and we want you to eat healthy and promise to be there if you need us along the way as you discover this fascinating method of cooking. Contact us any time & we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

Choose from one of our exquisitely designed, Pure Clay, Multi-Cooking Pots & Pans, or choose the sets for more Savings!

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What They're Saying:

"Hi Miriam,
Thanks a lot for bringing back clay cookware. The whole world is suffering from diseases as cookware contaminates the food..."

Hari, London, UK

I am so happy and thankful to have been introduced to your clay pots by a friend. I was a little apprehensive because this was my first time cooking in clay pots. I must tell you, i have never had food cooked so rich and delicious and moist before.
Your website is so helpful and so informative - it gave me the confidence to start cooking in my clay pots.
I have had the pots for a little over 2 months now. I have cooked rice, lentils, vegetables, chicken, and made yogurt in my pot. I had my doubts about the lentils cooking as soft as they cook in my pressure cooker, but the lentils cook a whole lot better in the clay pot - they are deliciously soft and yet remain whole, never become a mushy paste. My whole family has noticed the difference in flavor of the food since i have started cooking in my clay pots, and they all love it. I am going to cook our turkey in the oven in the clay pot tomorrow. :)

Thank you. Our very Best Wishes to you..."
Tanushree Rajan, TX, USA

"This is the best cookware I've had in a long time. I am using less oil & water with my pot, but the food tastes so rich and delicious! I love the design too… Thanks so much!"
Cantilia Justin, Stoughton, MA

"Although I know clay is inert and non-toxic, I did the test to check for toxicity anyway - it passed by 200%. I am so happy to finally cook with non-toxic cookware!! You can't imagine how much that means to me and my family. The food tastes exceptional."
Al Kargbo, Boston, MA

"Dear Miriam,
I just finished cooking with your pot for the first time. It was fantastic. I am not someone who is good in the kitchen, but your directions are very clear, and the process felt very natural. I will definitely be buying more pots for myself, to cook a few things at the same time, and to keep one at another place I stay (so I don't have to pack the pot back-and-forth). This is the only pot I will cook with from now on.
Thank you :-)"

Lara Sragow, New York City, NY

Secondly, I thought you would like to know, I LOVE THEM! I cured them by cooking porridge, and letting it sit for over a day. The clay and the rice soaks up the broth, creating this wonderful aroma which brings back memories of the days when my grandmother used to cook with her clay pots over a charcoal stove outside her house. The wonderful memories of curry stewing and rice cooking. I don't know how to Thank You enough!
Keep making these wonderful pots! I will be back for more pretty soon. I am planning to dedicate 1 pot to 1 type of cooking to allow the clay to soak in the spices of the food and creates its own personality."

Yeeping Greeno, Enon, OH

"Hello Miriam ...I love, love, love cooking in my 3 clay pots. Brown rice cooking is so much more tasty and enjoyable. Everything taste so much better. My husband who was not a fan of quinoa and brown rice is now enjoying them to the point where he commented, "this is the best rice and peas I have ever tasted" Wow! that's a lot coming from my husband who told me that he prefers white basmati rice to brown basmati. Well, with the clay pots, my husband now has no issues with brown basmati rice or quinoa."

Thanks so much for these wonderful clay pots. All I use now for cooking is clay or stone pots and I love it! Makes my food taste and look gourmet every time.

God bless you richly,
Annette Williams, Toronto Ontario, CAN

"I recently came from India and was very sick since my stroke in 2011. My daughter got me the set of 3 MEC pure clay pots and we've been cooking in them ever since. There is so much difference in the way I feel. My therapist and my doctors cannot believe there is so much improvement in the way my body is functioning, my muscles are much stronger and more receptive to exercises and flexing, all my joint pain is gone… my energy levels are clearly higher. I am used to eating the same healthy food I eat now; the only difference is now I cook it in pure clay.
I've made more progress in these short six months than in the past 2 years.
I really think the lack of metals in the food and the fact that I am getting all the nutrients from the cooked food versus just half or less in metals is making all the difference in my recovery. It’s amazing how powerful nature really is! I can’t thank you enough for making these beautiful and extremely useful pots. Waiting to get my hands on the pans now…"
May God bless you,

Roshini Vijay, BELTON, SC

Oct 16, 2013
"I just received my package. All my pots came intact – very well packed. I was afraid how they’d make it considering the distance (all the way to Australia)…
And they look BEAUTIFUL! I don’t know who’s making terra-sigillata anymore. With the introduction of chemical glaze no one takes the time to finish in this natural method, but it makes the pots so much easier to use. It’s funny how people don’t realize how hard it is to clean food off of glazed utensils. It’s so easy when finished in this way; in fact it’s very hard for food to stick in the 1st place. I made a chickpeas with spinach recipe, it came out fantastic…

Bob Gossman, Melbourne, AUS

July 09, 2013

"I've been cooking in your pots for a year now and I haven’t burned my fingers, hands! Thank God.

You don’t know what a big deal this is to me… I had a painful burn to show almost every 15-20 days when I was cooking with metals (busy mom, sometimes have to cook with crying kids in the background). But not anymore, this is a big factor you know and you should advertise it too… especially with busy people like us.

The food is fully cooked before the pot’s handles can even get real hot. And I love the design!! The food tastes great and to know that am not feeding my kids metals is great relief!

Thank you, thanks very much!"

My Best to you,
Adela Leroy, MCKINNEY TX


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100% Healthy

MEC pots lock almost all the steam rising from the pot.  Food cooks in its own juices and liquids requiring less additives that cause dilution.  No Metals in the clay so there is no leaching of toxic metals. Evenly and beautiful cooked food with Far-infrared heat is possible only with this type of cookware.

100% Green

These pots can be returned to nature just the same way they were taken from it, they bio-degrade 100%.  No left over toxins released into the atmosphere.  They are energy efficient: all food cooks beautifully at medium heat cutting down your energy costs.


100% Non-Toxic

MEC Clay Cooking Pots are Nature at its best! There are no additives, plasticizers, extenders, petalite (ore of lithium) or dyes.  They are unglazed too. Our clay is also tested to ensure it has no lead or cadmium. It can’t get any better than that! They are pure nature crafted by hands, with love…