Cooking in clay is as new as tomorrow and as old as time itself! It is the healthiest way to cook your food for many reasons. However, now more than ever, it is important that the clay be absolutely pure, and the cookware made without additives, chemicals or coatings.
At Miriam's Earthen Cookware™ or 'MEC', we started with testing cooking pots and pans made from different popular raw material - stainless-steel, titanium, aluminum, copper, ceramics, cast iron..., none of them provided a non-reactive surface. Then we turned to glass, and natural clay pottery -- the only inert materials known to humans, but even glass could not be used for cooking without adding toxic oxides to withstand heat. Natural clay on the other hand has been nature's unique gift for this purpose.
While testing the available "clay pots" however, we found that they were not free from contaminants (compare MEC to other clay pots), and were of low quality. So we took it upon ourselves to find the highest quality natural clay -- 100% Primary Clay -- from within the USA. Coming from 25 to 30 feet below top soil adhering to strict harvesting guidelines, and lab-tested to ensure purity. It has NO Lead, NO Cadmium, NO heavy metals, NO chemical or "natural" additives (no additives what-so-ever), and NO glaze, Tested and Certified. Handcrafting was our choice method of making so we could completely eliminate additives and craft several unique healthy features that come with great benefits to you and your food (discussed below).
Thus was birthed Miriam's Earthen Cookware!
Your food is a life force. It makes a difference to every cell in the body -- from the tip of your hair to the tip of your toes, it even affects your genetic expression (epigenetics), and your immune system. The goodness and quality of the food depends on two things: What is cooking? --The ingredients -- and where it is cooking? --The cooking pot.
Today, we're proud to offer you what is slowly & organically coming to be known as the world's healthiest and most non-toxic cookware! Visit our store and/or check out below a sample of the many types of food and recipes you can cook in them. Or, continue reading to learn about the difference MEC can make to your food, health and 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, their accumulation in your organs and tissues is the foundation for many illnesses and weakening of the immune system [see the havoc heavy metals could cause in the body here and here]. Ceramics, glazes, and enamels (made with many chemicals, oxides, and metal oxides) are no exception, either [see chemicals and oxides used in ceramics and glazes]. Which is why we specialize in making our cookware and bakeware from 100% non-toxic primary clay -- an inert or non-reactive material -- and without the use of 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 results. Harsh, near-infrared heat from the walls of metals and man-made materials like ceramic/enameled/glazed pots destroy a lot of these nutrients. This phenomenon can be realized in a small way with this example: 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, made from 100% primary clay -- just like our earth -- radiates gentle far-infrared heat: this kind of heat is different in that it penetrates deep into the food particles without destroying their nutritional bonds. Thus food cooks with its nutrients intact, and taking about the same time, at a lower heat setting.
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 retain steam! The pot and lid feature an ergonomic design formed by packing clay in concentric patterns. Furthermore, the lid is designed to stay cooler than the pot and has two steam condensing barriers. This allows for the rising steam to condense, and drop right back into the food!
With the raw material being pure and 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. As temperature goes up inside the pot, the higher pressure allow the specially designed semi-porous walls to make air and oxygen available to the food. 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.
Miriam's Earthen Cookware can replace a minimum of 8 different types of cookware. The pressure cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, Dutch oven, bread baker, tea/coffee pot, yogurt maker, sprouting/fermenting pots.
The different types of cookware in the market today evolved in an effort to imitate the way food cooked in clay. For example, the pressure cooker was invented to keep steam inside and cook with steam pressure, a Dutch oven for cooking food for long hours without food scorching. At MEC we have re-invented clay pots and pans to give you all the features of conventional cookware 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 handle runs around the circumference of the pot, so it is easy to grab and hold the pot from any side. There is no need to over-think handle accessibility while placing a pot full of ingredients on the stove! No need to worry about screws coming out or an affixed handle breaking off. The handle is uniform and does not protrude.
Coil pressing the clay into a handle means no silicone padding or other materials for cooling are required, keeping the clay pure and non-toxic. The handle stays naturally cooler than the rest of the pot.
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 four and your food is still warm and ready to enjoy!
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 to us, 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.
What started off as one woman’s personal quest for the healthiest and safest way to cook food for her family, is now Miriam's Earthen Cookware (read our story!) Each piece is unique in that they are individually hand crafted by professional potters. They are made in Dedham, Massachusetts, USA. A fully functional work of art, adding much beauty & natural décor to your kitchens!
“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...