It’s normal for minor surface or hairline cracks to show up on the bottom, with use, and 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/moisture in the pot and the food inside dried out too much). 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.
Using a heat diffuser ensures a uniform spread of heat, and also graduates the heat to the pot. And most times such cracks can be prevented with the use of a diffuser.
Rarely, cracks could also happen if the pot has a lot of water or moisture in between the walls. This happens if you’ve cooked watery stews and soups a couple of times, stored it in the pot, and used it again without giving it a chance to dry completely. In this case, it is a good idea to dry the empty pot on the stove top for 5-10 minutes on low heat, in between a few cookings’. Make sure to use a diffuser on electric stoves and do this without the lid. Apply a coating of cooking oil on the inside and outside after drying the pot this way.
In summer, you can also dry the pot outside in the sun. It is also advisable to intermittently cook grains in these pots as this helps the pot to get dry.
These cracks can be ‘healed’ by doing the following:
Wash and dry the pot as explained above (empty pot on low heat for 5-10 minutes). 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 any 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 or two more times.
This process can heal cracks about 97% 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.
TAGS: Healing cracks on clay pots, healing a crack, crack on my clay pot.