Claypot Cooking Guide For Beginners

Claypot Cooking Guide For Beginners

Suppose you want to enjoy delicious hot food filled with flavours of different kinds. In that case, there is no alternative to cooking your meals in a clay pot. Turtle soup in claypot helps you retain natural juices in food and the vital vitamins and minerals, thereby adding to the flavour of your meals. Claypots are one of the most ancient means of cooking, yet popular even in contemporary times. 


However, suppose you are a beginner and have never cooked using earthenware like clay pots. In that case, you should take certain precautions and follow specific steps while cooking food in clay pots.


Season Before First Use:

A new ClayPot needs some additional preparation before used for cooking for the first time. It needs to be thoroughly soaked in clean water for over 1 hour and completely dried before using for the first time. Once the new Claypot is dried, you need to give the clay pot a heat treatment (tempering) to become stiff and withstand cooking temperatures. In this process, wipe the clay pot with vegetable oil or olive oil, fill it 3/4th with water, and heat the clay pot for close to 2-3 hours. After heating, wash the pot and allow the pot to cool. This treatment, also called seasoning, enhances the hardness of the clay pot and makes it suitable to withstand higher temperatures and for cooking turtle soup.


Heat Gradually: 

Unlike metal pans and cookware, you cannot subject any earthenware to high temperatures all of a sudden. Compared to cooking in metal wares, you need a 40 C higher temperature while cooking in earthenware and heat for 10-20 mins longer. Usually recommended temperatures for cooking turtle soup in claypots are around 190 to 250 C depending on the recipe and ingredient. Ensure that heating rates for food ingredients and clay pots are the same. 


Handle lightly:

Make sure you don’t use sharp metallic tools for cooking in claypots. It would be best to use wooden tools to stir and handle food while cooking in clay pots. Make sure that the clay pots are not suddenly heated or cooled and handle with care. 


Clean Gently:

You ought to clean the earthenware gently and with care. First, you need to immerse the claypot in water to loosen food particles and clean it with a soft sponge and hot water. For deep cleaning, you can even allow the clay pot to soak overnight in water along with a bit of baking soda to remove all odours and moulds, if any. Do not use detergents or soaps to wash a clay pot since the porous clay may absorb the soap. 


Clay Cookware Storage:

Always store clay pots after thorough washing and drying. If earthenware is not dried correctly, there are chances of mould formation. Ensure that while keeping the clay pot lid is removed to air circulation inside the pot.


The EndNote

A wide variety of dishes like rice, meat, noodles, turtle soup, etc., can be made using claypots. As a result, clay pots form an integral part of food preparations worldwide, especially in Asia. Food cooked in a clay pot is relishing, enticing with a sheer blast of aroma and flavours.