Cooking with clay is as new as tomorrow and as old as time itself! Settled civilizations both great and small have always cooked in unglazed, natural clay cookware. This was the one common denominator with people all the way in Japan to Native Americans in this continent, and everywhere in between. It is the safest, most time-honored method of cooking.
At Miriams Earthen Cookware (read our story here), we have tested pots and pans made from all different raw material - steel, titanium, aluminium, copper, ceramics, cast iron... etc. And found cookware made from pure and natural clay to still be the best among them all! Why? When the clay is pure and the pots are unglazed -- nothing from the pot leaches into your food because this is the only material that is 100% inert or non-reactive. And not just that -- the heat from these (earthen) pots is very different -- they cook without destroying delicate & vital nutrients.
In this industrial age however it's important that the clay is pure, and so at MEC (Miriam earthen cookware) we go to great lengths to fully test our clay before harvesting. And the test results are published here for you, the consumer, to know.
The clay we use is of the highest quality, natural clay called primary clay or MEC's pure clay™ (rich in nutrients!). It has no additives, metals, oxides, chemicals, toxins. It is tested for soil contaminants, the history of the land is evaluated going back 200 years (to make sure it was not used for farming, etc. in the past) and we also make sure no industries that dispose toxic waste or emit pollutants are set up within a 15 mile radius. Clay is from within the USA. More information on our strict selection standards are explained here.
Cooking in MEC is easier and simpler than in any other cookware! And what's more -- food is so much more delicious. But don't take our word for it -- Read what MEC cooks from all over the world are saying.
Changing your cookware is one of the most important things you can do for your health. If you’re not using the best pots and pans, you are losing out every day!
Read more to find out why MEC's Pure-Clay cookware is the right one for YOU and the PLANET:
The MEC Difference: MEC is made with 100% all-natural, primary clay. It has NO Lead, NO Cadmium, NO arsenic, NO contaminants or additives - and is 100% inert.
Regardless of the passing fads, all metals are reactive, from the most expensive to the least. This is an innate property of metals. And food is a biochemical entity. In the presence of heat, these metals react with nutrients in the form of oxygen, hydrogen, halogens, acids, and bases, and get assimilated into the body. The accumulation of such metal ions in the organs, tissues etc., are the foundation of many illnesses and a weakened immune system. Ceramics, glazes, and enamels (made with many chemicals, oxides and metals) are no exception either. The only raw material that keeps your food pure is pure-clay so long as it is made without any manufacturing additives. At MEC we make your cookware without any additives what-so-ever! Cookware made from natural clay is 100% inert or non-reactive.
The MEC Difference: Only material that cooks with far-infrared heat and without damaging nutrients.
While cooking food, vitamins, minerals, protein molecules, carbohydrates and fats are delicate elements going through a phenomenal change. These nutrients are transformed from raw to cooked and the type of heat determines the final result. Harsh, near-infrared heat from the walls of metals and man-made materials like ceramic/enameled/glazed pots destroy a lot of these nutrients. Touch a metal/ceramic pot 5-7 minutes into cooking and it can burn your hand, food is similar tissue matter and is prone to damage just like our skin. On the other hand, the gentle far-infrared heat from MEC's walls cook your food without destroying these important nutrients, all of it taking about the same amount of time!
The MEC Difference: Steam condenses naturally keeping water-soluble nutrients inside.
Ever wondered the significance of steam leaving the pot? Most of the steam generated in food is water-soluble nutrients. Out of the 13 essential vitamins and minerals, 9 are water-soluble, which means they dissolve in water, is quickly used in the body and needs to be replenished every day... the body doesn't store them. With conventional cookware, as steam constantly leaves the pot so do the water-soluble nutrients, leaving cooked food deficient in one more way.
At MEC we have studied this problem and designed the pot and lid to naturally and fully harness the goodness of pure nature. The pot and lid feature an ergonomic design made by packing clay in concentric circles that let the rising steam touch the inner surface of the lid, condense, and drop back into the food. MEC's excellent steam management properties are explained here.
This is something we hear all the time. It's almost like nature is saying "...thanks for using me, and this is how I show my gratitude, by making you the best tasting food." You have to "try it to experience it," said one excited customer, about the taste of the food. This is a unique feature of pure-clay cooking possible because no nutrients are lost and there's no interaction with metals or chemicals. You can read Miriams Earthen Cookware's reviews here.
The MEC Difference: Multi-Functional -- use as Dutch Oven, Steamer, Rice & Grains Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Roasting, Baking & So Much More... For the Stove-top (gas/electric/glass cooktop & induction), Oven, Wood fired Stove, etc.
All the different types of cookware in the market today evolved in an effort to imitate the way food cooked in clay. For example, a pressure cooker was invented to keep steam inside and cook with steam pressure, a dutch oven to cook food for long hours without burning. By using pure-clay, at MEC we have made pots and pans that give you all these features without clogging your kitchen. Use them to cook any recipe, from the Californian cioppino to the Japanese Oden, and everything in between, in the healthiest way!
The MEC Difference: Naturally Non-Stick & no need for "babysitting" the pot!
Food cooks uniformly because of the heat that spreads out evenly along the lines of the concentric circles. Steam is naturally condensed, keeping moisture inside, and all food cooks on medium heat. When nature is used in the right way, it works best and for your convenience. These pots start off slowly but pick up speed and complete cooking in just about the same time, compared to metals that rapidly heat and easily burn food.
MEC is finished in a special way to harness the naturally non-stick nature of the raw material. And by following the few simple instructions for use, the pots become fully non-stick within the first 2-3 uses. Food barely sticks to the pot/pans and so they are easier to clean!
For all these reasons and some more customers say cooking with MEC is easy and stress-free.
The MEC difference: Primary clay is an excellent retainer of heat. Your food stays warm several hours after cooking.
Have you cooked in a pot and come back in an hour to serve yourself just to find out the food is cold already? Disappointing isn't it? Not anymore! With MEC you can come back in one hour or even five hours and your food is still warm and ready to eat!
The MEC Difference: Well Priced, price match guarantee. Cooks all your food in about the same time. Slow cookers recipes in less than 1/4 of the time.
While expensive metal cookware that leach heavy metals and toxins sell in the thousands, these 100% healthy pots cost way less --because our mission is not to make high profits, but to serve people and the planet because that is real & lasting profit.
All food cooks in about just the same time as conventional cookware, give or take 5-10 minutes and think about the health value of your food, it surpasses even your most expensive copper or titanium pot! Slow cooker meals that take 12-18 hours can be fully cooked in 3 hours or less, without any nutritional compromise!
MEC is backed by a strong & reliable warranty.
The MEC Difference: Hand-made in America with clay 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, right here in the USA. They’re made in Boston Massachusetts, and our clay is also harvested from within New England. A fully functional work of art, adding much beauty & natural décor to your kitchens!
Healthy for you AND the planet! From harvesting the clay to the different processes of hand making it, to the firing, packaging and shipping, MEC's pots and pans are one of the only ones made with ZERO negative impact on the environment. Once they are with you they are "green" all the way till the end of their life (which could be several decades long). Read how it is the "greenest" cookware in the making & functionality
We know clay cooking is rather new to some, 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!
“Although I know all-natural 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
“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
“I am amazed at how much heat these pots hold! The food stays hot for hours. They can also preserve food for longer periods of time without refrigeration. I love these pots – they’re truly amazing!!”T. Dyfan – Boston, MA
“Made a beautiful roasted leg of lamb (in the oven)—came out perfectly cooked, juicy, delicious and was also very easy! Wonderful pot, Thanks so much!”Michael Fishbein – Boston, MA
This pot makes great soups and stews, with great flavour. Be sure to use vegetables!!!Lydia McCarthy – Boston, MA
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
Firstly, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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,
AnnetteAnnette 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
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…
Thank-you!Bob Gossman – Melbourne, AUS
Thanks a lot for bringing back clay cookware. The whole world is suffering from diseases as cookware contaminates the food…Hari – London, UK
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
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
Hi there, I received my pots! They look fantastic!! Thank you all so much for your help with getting them here.
All the best,Abida Nagra, Oslo, Norway
Cooking in your MEC clay pots & pans is an easy & natural process. Lara, a nutritionist in New York city, had this to say after using the pots for the 1st time: “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….”
MEC pots are made using the best skill + technology available today. They are sturdy, well built, strong cooking pots & pans made with you -- the cook in mind. With proper use & care they can last a life time or more!
Seasoning Your Pots:
Before first use thoroughly wet & rinse the pot and lid under running...