With electric stoves (glass, ceramic, coil cook top), using a heat diffuser ensures a uniform spread of heat, and also graduates the heat to the pot. And most times cracks can be prevented with the use of a diffuser. It’s OK to use the pot without the diffuser on a gas stove. However, it’s a good idea to use it for recipes that call for long hours of cooking (longer than 1.5 hours), even on a gas stove.
After using for a period of time it’s normal for minor surface or hairline cracks to show up on the bottom, this shouldn’t affect the functioning. Other deeper cracks could happen rarely and only if the pot was exposed to prolonged periods of uneven heat, or because of dry-heat or dry cooking (no liquids in the pot and the food inside dried out too much). Rarely, some stoves, regardless of the setting burn high or generate a lot more heat so it helps to know your stove and avoid those burners that may burn unevenly or get hot too fast.
These cracks can be ‘healed’ by doing the following:
Wash and wipe dry the pot. Then make a paste with 2 cups of water + 2 tbsp of flour + 1 tbsp of raw sugar and cook it in the pot with the crack, on low-medium heat. It can be any whole grain or other flour. When the paste starts to thicken, scoop and apply it with a brush on the line of the crack and spread a little on either side of the crack on the inside and outside.
Turn stove off after thorough application on both inside and outside. Wait to completely cool down before washing it. Let the pot rest for 2-3 days after this process.
After this process, you can additionally twist a plain metal wire going around and place it under the rim of the pot. This is to further secure it. A plain steel or copper wire can be purchased from your local hardware or home improvement store. Use 12-14 gauge.
When cooking for the first few time after this process, cook only on low heat (use it to preferably cook rice and other grains the first few times). If you still see liquids seeping through the crack, repeat process one more time.
This process can heal cracks about 85% of the time.
Having tried this if the pot continues to leak, here are ideas on other uses for this pot.
If you’re still under warranty, you can get a replacement for up to one year.
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