Cooking in all-natural pure clay cookware(C) is as new as tomorrow and as old as time itself! It is the healthiest way to cook your food for many reasons. But now more than ever, it is important that your clay is absolutely pure and the cookware is made without using any additives.
At Miriam's Earthen Cookware™ or 'MEC', we started with testing pots and pans made from different popular raw material - stainless-steel, titanium, aluminum, copper, ceramics, cast iron..., none of them provided a 100% inert and non-toxic surface for cooking, nor radiated the kind of heat that cooks without damaging nutrients. We then tested the available "clay pots", but none were truly free from contaminants and additives (compare MEC to other clay pots). So we took it upon ourselves to find the purest form of clay -- absolutely uncontaminated, 100% primary clay -- then designed and handcrafted pots and pans, incorporating several unique healthy cooking features, and left them fully unglazed and finished by burnishing. And thus, was birthed Miriam's Earthen Cookware!
MEC Clay is harvested from within the USA, and the cookware is handcrafted in the USA.
Your food is a life force! It makes a difference to every cell -- from the tip of your hair to the tip of your toes, it even affects your genetic expression (epigenetics), to the strength of your immune system! And the goodness and quality of the food depends on two things: What you are cooking --The ingredients -- and where you are cooking it --The cooking pot.
So, we're proud to offer you what we think is the world's healthiest and safest cookware [find another one that can do for you everything MEC can, get ours for FREE]. Continue reading to find out the difference MEC can make to your food, health & wellbeing:
Regardless of the passing fads, all metals are innately reactive, even the most expensive kind like titanium. Food is a biochemical entity that consists of oxygen, hydrogen, halogens, acids, and bases. In the presence of heat, the metals react with these nutrients in food and the metal ions assimilate with food. Over time, the accumulation of such metal ions in your organs and tissues is the foundation for many illnesses and a weakening of the immune system. Ceramics, glazes, and enamels (made with many chemicals, oxides, and metal oxides) are no exception, either. The only raw material that keeps your food pure is all-natural primary clay with no additives -- the purest form of natural clay. MEC clay cookware™ is made using this kind of clay and without any additives what-so-ever!
While cooking food, a variety of delicate elements (vitamins, minerals, protein molecules, carbohydrates, fats) go through a phenomenal change. These nutrients are transformed with heat from raw to cooked, and the type of heat determines the 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. If you touch a metal/ceramic pot 5-10 minutes into cooking, it can burn your fingers. Food also contains tissue matter and is prone to damage with that kind of heat! Contrary to conventional cookware, MEC, being made & finished with 100% primary clay, cooks with gentle far-infrared heat: the heat emitting from the walls penetrates deep without destroying these important nutrients. Not only are nutrients preserved, but your meals need lower heat to cook in about the same amount of time, or less on gas stoves -- compared to other pots!
Ever wondered about the significance of the steam leaving the pot? Most of the steam generated in food is water-soluble nutrients. Water soluble nutrients are important vitamins and minerals that are dissolved in water, quickly used in the body, and need to be replenished every day - the body does not store them. Out of the 13 essential vitamins and minerals, 9 are water-soluble! With conventional cookware, as steam leaves the pot, you are losing water-soluble nutrients!
At MEC, we have studied this problem and designed pots and lids that can innately retain steam. The pot and lid feature an ergonomic design formed by packing clay in a concentric pattern, and the lid is designed to stay cooler than the pot, and with two steam condensing barriers. This allows for the rising steam to condense, and drop back into the food.
With the raw material being pure and with the product being handmade, the lids may not always have a machine cut snug fit; instead, these key design features uniquely help manage steam better than any other cookware, even with their machine cut fit. MEC's excellent steam management properties are explained here.
MEC is uniquely designed & made to allow the walls of the pot to draw in air from the outside while cooking. As temperature goes up inside the pot, the higher pressure allow the specially designed semi-porous walls to draw in air as needed, allowing food to cook in the presence of oxygen. This feature allows the food to remain fresh, delicious and nutritionally dense! This is a stark contrast to food cooked in an airless/lifeless environment in regular cookware.
“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 water...