What is the best way to store my clay pot?

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Let the pot dry thoroughly before putting it away.  Depending on the temperature and humidity, the pores can hold water for longer than it looks, so after washing you wipe the pot with a dry cotton cloth and leave it upside down on the counter to dry completely.  This could take about a day or two depending on where you are and the weather there. Once the pot is fully dry store it in an airy open spot, avoid storing in closed, damp places.  Store the pot with its lid sitting next to it.