Cooking in all-natural clay pots is as new as tomorrow and as old as time itself! And till today, it is the safest, most time-honored method of cooking.
At Miriam's Earthen Cookware (MEC), we started with testing pots and pans made from all different raw material - steel, titanium, aluminium, copper, ceramics, cast iron and even pots and pans that were said to be made of 'clay' but just didn't meet the standard. None of them provided a 100% inert and non-toxic environment for food, nor radiated the right kind heat to cook without damaging nutrients. Then, we took it upon ourselves to find the purest form of clay -- absolutely uncontaminated, 100% primary clay -- and designed and made pots and pans, by hand on the wheel (to avoid chemicals used in industrial machinery), and left them 100% unglazed but smoothed and finished. And thus was birthed Miriams Earthen Cookware!
MEC Clay is harvested from within the USA, and the cookware is handmade in the USA.
Your food is a life force. It makes a difference to every cell in your body -- from the tip of your hair to the tip of your toes. And the goodness and quality of the food depends on two things: What you cook (The ingredients) and how and where you cook it (The cooking pot). Being aware of this very important fact, we created a line of cookware that is pure and non-toxic with several important features and benefits that make it 100% healthy, non-toxic and "Green". Thank you for visiting, read on to learn more:
The MEC Difference: Made with 100% all-natural, primary clay. It has NO Lead, NO Cadmium, NO Arsenic, NO contaminants or additives - 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 which are in the form of oxygen, hydrogen, halogens, acids, and bases, and assimilate in the body. The accumulation of such metal ions in the organs, tissues etc., is the foundation for 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 manufacturing additives. At MEC we make your cookware without any additives what-so-ever!
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 5-10 minutes into cooking and it can burn your hand, food is also tissue matter and is prone to damage with that kind of heat. On the other hand, the gentle far-infrared heat from MEC's walls penetrate deep without destroying these important nutrients, all of it taking less heat and about the same amount of time or less (on a gas stove)!
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. So it is not a perfectly fitting lid that makes this possible. As raw material is pure and all-natural and the product is handmade, the lids may not always have a machine cut snug fit. Instead, it is the nature of the raw material and the making design that allow this feature. MEC's excellent steam management properties are explained here.
The MEC Difference: A unique property to cooking in MEC is the “breathable” walls of the pot.
As temperature goes up inside the pot, the higher pressure draws in air through the semi-porous walls, fortifying food with much needed oxygen. Because, while food is cooking, nutritional bonds are changing and oxygen is breaking down to escape as steam. This allows the food to fully cook but still stay fresh and tasty! This is a stark contrast to food cooked in an airless/lifeless environment in regular cookware.
Another reason why we don't glaze the pots.
The MEC Difference: Only cookware to have such a positive effect on the TASTE and FLAVOR of the food!
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. And when we say this, we're not just talking about the general taste of food (which sometimes can be altered by adding more seasoning or spices). We’re talking about every grain, every bite of vegetable or meat, the bean, the lentils... they all have a fresh, juicy, wholesome and flavorful taste.
This is a unique feature of pure-clay cooking possible because no nutrients are lost, steam is naturally condensed 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 cook-top & 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, steam is naturally condensed!
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 or need to be constantly stirred to prevent it.
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 rarely sticks to the pot/pans 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 much longer than in other cookware (4-5 hours).
Have you cooked in a pot and come back in a few hours 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 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 the 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: Handmade in the USA with all raw materials (pure clay) from the USA. A first of its kind!
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 Dedham Boston Massachusetts, USA. A fully functional work of art, adding much beauty & natural décor to your kitchens!
The MEC Difference: 100% Green in the making, finishing, cooking, even till the end -- 100% bio-degradable & Compostable.
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 being made & in 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!