Clay Pot Cooking Set: It’s Not Just Clay, It’s Pure Clay
Clay Pot Cooking Set: The Ancient Way of Cooking
Cooking in clay pot cooking set is not a gift of the modern world. This healthy way of cooking is so ancient that its roots go beyond recorded history. Until a few decades ago, clay cookware used to be the primary cooking utensil and nobody ever thought about changing the core material to anything else.
People probably switched to metal and ceramic cookware when the manufacturers became more profit-oriented and less health conscious. So they started using other materials to make cooking pots. They did not make sure whether these materials were even appropriate for this purpose. As a result, these conventional cooking sets made from toxic materials have almost replaced that ancient clay pot cooking set and have become the most popular today.
Are All Clay Pots Healthy? Definitely Not!
You can still find cookware made from clay in the market but they are far from being healthy. Conventional clay cookware is seldom made from primary clay. It is coated with chemical glazes and enamels for a finished and shiny look. The most popular ceramic clay is a composition of stoneware, porcelain or terracotta glazed with chemical colors and varnishes. They leach harmful toxins into food when heated. This article on the science behind cooking explains what happens to food during this phenomenal process.
How is Pure Clay different?
Pure clay is primary clay (the highest quality natural clay) harvested from un-farmed and non-industrialized lands where it is found in the purest form – free from chemicals and other toxins. It is innately non-reactive. So unlike most metal and ceramic cookware, it doesn’t leach anything into food. To keep its integrity, at Miriams Earthen Cookware, we don’t use any chemicals in manufacturing pure clay pots and pans. Also, we DO NOT coat them with chemicals for finishing or coloring purposes.
When a clay pot cooking set has to go through a mechanized process, using chemicals becomes a necessity. But that’s not an issue with MEC pots as they are handmade. This is what makes them 100% non-toxic.
You can make your favorite healthy recipes even healthier with pure-clay pots.
A Simple Home Test To Check The Toxicity of A Clay Pot Cooking Set
You can easily decipher MEC’s pure clay from conventional clay pots by doing a simple alkaline baking soda test at home. Baking soda is highly alkaline in nature which makes it quite similar to food, so if a cookware is leaching with baking soda, it will definitely react to food and make it toxic. Do you have some baking soda handy? Here is how to do this test:
- Boil 2-3 cups of water in any pot, when it starts boiling add 2 tsp of baking soda, boil for 5 more minutes. Turn stove off.
- Wait till cool enough to taste then taste the water (take a sip). If you taste metals, that’s what you’re eating! If water has a rubber/paint taste it’s the chemicals from enamel/glaze.
As a control, stir 2 tsp of baking soda to 1 glass of water and take a sip — you will taste just the baking soda.
Miriams Earthen Cookware’s pure-clay pots and pans are the only ones that pass this test and are 100% safe and non-toxic. If you are looking for a truly healthy clay pot cooking set, then pure clay is your best option. Feel free to browse through our products and find a suitable pure-clay cookware for your kitchen.