Curing Clay Pots For Cooking

Looking to learn how to cure your Mexican Clay cooking pot? The process is fairly easy and all you need are two ingredients. 

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your Mexican clay pot is protected and ready to cook your favorite dishes for many years to come.

What are the Mexican clay cooking pots? They are a traditional and versatile tool in Mexican kitchens. Made of natural materials, they are perfect for cooking a variety of dishes, including beans, soups, and stews. If you recently purchased or are considering purchasing a clay cooking pot you should follow these easy steps. To get the most out of your clay pot and extend its lifespan, it is important to cure it before using it for the first time.

Curing a Mexican clay cooking pot is a simple process that involves using garlic and vinegar. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to cure your clay pot:

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Step 1: Clean the Pot

Before curing your Mexican clay cooking pot, make sure it is clean and free of any dust or debris. Wash the pot with warm soapy water and rinse it thoroughly. Dry the pot completely using a clean cloth or paper towel.

Step 2: Rub the Garlic

Take 4-6 cloves of garlic. Rub the garlic all around the inside and outside of the pot. Make sure to cover all surfaces, including the bottom, with the garlic.

Step 3: Fill the Pot with Water and Vinegar

Fill the pot with water to just 1/2 inch below the rim and add 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Stir the solution until the vinegar is fully dissolved.

Step 4: Boil the Solution

Place the pot on the stove over low heat. Bring to a boil on low heat until the water has dissolved about 3/4. This will help to cure the pot and protect it from cracks, chips, and scratches.

Step 5: Drain and Dry

After boiling the solution until it has evaporated, drain the rest of thr water and vinegar from the pot. Dry the pot completely using a clean cloth or paper towel.

Step 6: Store the Pot

Once the pot has cooled down, store it in a dry and cool place. Make sure the pot is completely dry before storing it to prevent any mold or mildew from forming.

And that's it! Your Mexican clay cooking pot is now ready to use. 

In conclusion, curing a Mexican clay cooking pot with garlic and vinegar is an easy and effective way to maintain its quality and extend its lifespan. With this simple process, you can enjoy the traditional cooking experience that a Mexican clay cooking pot provides for many years to come.

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FAQs

  1. What are the disadvantages of cooking in clay pots?
  • Clay pots are heavy and fragile, which can make them difficult to handle and prone to breaking if dropped or bumped.
  • They require special care, such as soaking before use and avoiding drastic temperature changes, to prevent cracking.
  • They may not be suitable for high-heat cooking methods, such as deep frying or broiling, as the clay can become too hot and cause the food to scorch.
  • Clay pots can also react with certain acidic ingredients, such as tomatoes, which can affect the flavor and color of the food.
  1. Where can I buy clay pots for cooking?
  • Mexican clay pots can be found in our store and you can also find them some large department stores.
  • You can also purchase clay pots from Mexican or Latin American markets. 
  • Some kitchenware stores carry a selection of different types and sizes of clay pots, so it's worth checking a few places to find the best option for you.
  1. What are Mexican clay pots for cooking?
  • Mexican clay pots, also known as "comal" or "cazuela", are a traditional cookware item used in Mexican cuisine.
  • They are typically made from a type of clay that is dense and porous, which helps to absorb moisture from food and distribute heat evenly.
  • Mexican clay pots come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and are used for cooking a wide range of dishes, from stews and soups to tamales and roasted meats.
  1. What's the difference between glazed and unglazed clay pots for cooking?
  • Glazed clay pots have a smooth, non-porous surface that is coated in a layer of glaze to make them more resistant to moisture and staining.
  • Unglazed clay pots, on the other hand, are porous and have a natural rough texture, which can add a rustic flavor to foods cooked in them.
  • Glazed clay pots are easier to clean and maintain, but unglazed clay pots can help to retain more moisture and flavor in the food.
  1. Are Mexican clay pots lead free?
  • Some Mexican clay pots may contain trace amounts of lead, which can leach into food if not properly treated.
  • To ensure that your clay pots are lead-free, look for pots that are labeled "food-safe" or "lead- free
  • Before using a new clay pot, it's a good idea to soak it in water for several hours and then boil water in it for several minutes to help remove any potential impurities.

2 comments

  • Can clay dishes be cured to remove lead and make them safe to use with food?

    Rachael castillo
  • Hi , I burnt my last one cause I forgot I was cooking beans 😫 and left it on , for toooo long
    Can I get a discount cause my last night is Ybarra ?

    Miriya Ybarra

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