Saturday, July 7, 2007

Use and Care of Romertopf Clay Pot Cookware

If you have just purchased or received a new clay pot and have no idea what to do with it, you are not alone. To get started, you may need suggestions for preparing savory and nutritious meals with your new clay cookware, as well as where to purchase your Romertopf clay pot.

Most clay pots are unglazed, and before you use your pot for the first time, you should soak it for at least half an hour, so that the moisture will be retained in the foods you cook. For subsequent uses, soaking the pot for about fifteen minutes should be fine. The majority of clay pots that you can purchase are for oven use.

Always place your Romertopf in a COLD oven. Never place it on an open flame, or a hot cooktop.

For cleaning, clay pots usually only need to be hand-washed, in hot water, do not use soap, to cut grease use a small amount of baking soda.

Cooking meats is one of the main uses of the clay pot, but you should avoid cooking fish or meats with strong seasonings like pepper or curry for the first use of your pot. It will take a while to get the taste out of the pot. Over time, clay pots will become seasoned and darken each time you cook with them. Because of the pot's ability to keep food moist and savory while cooking, it is not necessary to add excessive seasonings, butter or salt to your food. Because you do not have to add water to boil your food, your dish will retain all its nutritious qualities.

Recommended clay pot recipes include tuna steak, beef stew, chicken and rice, or even a dessert, like apple crisps. Vegetarian, baked pasta, or casserole dishes can be prepared in a clay pot as well; the crispness and color of vegetables will be retained throughout cooking, and casseroles are less likely to become dry when baked in a clay pot.

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