What Is A Dutch Oven?
By Definition, a Dutch Oven is a name given to a two piece cooking utensil that includes a pot along with its well fitting lid. It has thicker walls than a regular pot and it is used on the stovetop or in the oven for cooking anything from soups, stews to all kinds of rice and other casseroles dishes.
Ideally a Dutch oven should work both on the stove-top and in the oven; this gives the pot greater flexibility & makes it multi functional.
Which One Is The Best?
Now for something to be considered the best, it should fully and holistically meet its core purpose, in this case to cook your food in the most nutritious manner as possible. Many of the Dutch ovens currently in the market are either made from metals or ceramics and unfortunately fall short of being able to fully accomplish this goal:
Metals Are Reactive And Leach Into Your Food.
Metals react and leach into the food and glazed ceramics contain dangerous chemicals like feldspar, petalites (an ore of lithium) and are unsafe and unhealthy especially at higher temperatures (heat is a catalyst for many reactions).
The other problem with these pots is they don’t have a way of holding steam and essential water-soluble nutrients are lost when steam is constantly leaving the pot.
How Is 100% Natural, Pure-Clay Better?
Pure and all-natural clay has been a choice material for making cooking pots from a long, long time. Two of the unique features that distinguish these pots are a) they’re made from mineral rich clay, have no metals and are 100% inert or non-reactive. Unlike their counterparts they don’t react and get into food. Unlike metals that heat and cool at the same time, clay pots don’t pass the heat as much to their lids, the lid remains cooler and helps condense and send the steam right back into the food. Little to no oil and other liquids are required because all the food’s oil and moisture is locked inside, food cooks with its own fat and liquids again intensifying the nutritional value & taste!
That’s not all… the heat that cooks your food is different: its far-Infrared heat. This superior form of heat penetrates much deeper and cooks your food to the perfect consistency without damaging the surface.
MEC dutch ovens are guaranteed to be FREE of GLAZE, CHEMICAL, LEAD, CADMIUM, TOXINS & HEAVY METAL.
They Have Many Other Benefits Too…
MEC Dutch ovens require little to no monitoring when cooking. You’ll have to stir only occasionally. Heat given to the pot is held inside so all recipes can cook beautifully just on medium heat, and many times you can conveniently turn the stove off even if the food is not fully cooked… it finishes cooking with the heat retained inside.
Environmentally, these pots are 100% green. The process of making them is a far cry from the process of mining and making cookware from metals or other raw materials like ceramics. MEC pots and pans come from a 0 toxic, 0 waste facility. Pure-clay is a gift from nature and just like rain water, it’s pure in the raw form. Just to make sure, we re-confirm this by testing all the clay we harvest. We also don’t let glazes come close to our pots so we can safely guarantee they are Free of Lead, Cadmium and any other Heavy Metals.
In The Words Of Our Customers:
“… I was looking for a Dutch Oven to cook my stews and bone soup on the stove top but your pure-clay Dutch ovens are so much more. With the set of 3, I cook from rice to casseroles to soups; I even make yogurt in them. …So easy to cook and clean…” Rachel, TX USA.
Tips For Best Results:
Just keep these few things in mind and you’ll be bringing back to life this timeless method of cooking food nutritiously, right in your kitchens:
Season pot per instructions.
Maxium heat on stovetop is medium heat: All recipes cook beautifully just on medium as all heat given to the pot is locked inside. 450 in the oven.
Use with diffuser for electricity stoves. These stoves generate heat unevenly and thus a diffuser is necessary.
Keep using your pot, always and often as possible (at least 1ce every 2-3 days). They get stronger and cook faster the more they’re used.
Dry thoroughly if putting away for some time.