The most significant feature of the Clay Pot is the presence of millions of microscopic pores that aid in the cross-circulation of moisture and heat into and out of the pot. Clay is alkaline in nature and neutralizes any acid content present in food. Clay Pots are recommended for preparations that demand a lot of care and attention like the shallow fry preparations, as food never sticks to the bottom of the pan even if you forget/leave the dish unattended. Further, it takes a very less amount of oil to cook/fry making it a healthier choice. In a nutshell, switching to Clay Pots is ideal for the health and well-being of your family.
How to Clean:
For general and deep cleaning, allow the earthen pot to soak overnight in the sink in water mixed with baking soda. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda per liter of hot water. Wash the pot with a soft bristle brush or nonmetallic scrubbing pad. Do not use abrasive scouring powders because they will clog the pores and make the pot useless. Salt/ash can be used as a non-toxic alternative to chemical cleaners. Sprinkle salt/ash into the pot and scour it using a scouring pad. Rinse the pot with warm water and allow it to dry.
If any mold forms during storage periods sprinkle baking soda inside the pot, then rinse with warm water using a brush to remove the mold. If clay pores become clogged, the pot should be cooked in boiling water for about 30 minutes.
Never use soap or detergent because the porous nature of clay will absorb the soap. The detergent may leave an unpleasant soapy taste and this flavor will leach back into your next clay pot meal.
After washing, make sure to store your earthenware in dry and well-ventilated areas. This will eliminate the risk of mold growth inside the pot.
If bacterial growth is of concern, dry the pots in a 200°F oven for 30 minutes before storing in a cool, dry place.