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Traditional cookware better than your non-stick pan?

We all have stories about our favorite dish cooked by our grandmother. I remember how my grandmother used simple ingredients with no specific measurements and the food always turned out to be so tasty! How many of you have meticulously tried to re-create that specific dish and failed? Yes, I have too. Turns out, theres a secret after all. Its not all in the cooking; its what we cook with.

Clay pots have been used in India since ancient times for various purposes. Diyas or lanterns made of clay were used to light homes & temples, huge earthen pots were used to store grains and water. Even now, in some rural areas, women still use clay pots for cooking. Due to modernization, people have switched to aluminum and other metal utensils because of their ease of operation. In our fast paced lives, we try our best to eat organic and nutritious food to remain healthy. But we have failed to realize that most of nutrients in our food are being destroyed during the cooking process before we can even consume it. It is true. The chemicals induced in modern non-stick Teflon coated pans deprive food of its natural nutrients. On the other hand, clay pots are completely safe. There are many health benefits of using clay pots for cooking than our regular utensils.

Food is tastier!

Clay pots are porous in nature. They help in the even distribution of heat and moisture to the food while cooking. This might make the cooking process a tad bit slow, but it also makes the food healthier and tastier as it not only retains all the nutrients present in the food but also adds natural flavor which is not the case with aluminum (or similar) utensils.

Next time you prepare biryani, make it in a clay pot and enjoy the whole new dimension it gives to the dish.  

Cook with less oil.

The amount of oil or fat used for cooking is minimized as the ingredients cook in their natural oils and liquids due to the steam that is locked in the pot while cooking. This excellent quality of clay pots makes it the best option for those who are very conscious limiting the intake of oils in their food.

Alkaline nature of clay

The mud that is used to make these clay pots is alkaline in nature and is rich in many micro-nutrients like iron, zinc, calcium, etc. This property of the clay pots maintains the pH balance of the food by reducing the acidity. If the food is not that acidic, then clay pot adds a natural sweetness to the food.

Eco-friendly

 Using earthenware is environmental friendly. They are completely bio-degradable as they are made from a natural substance.

Drinking water stored in a clay pot

Drinking plenty of water is always beneficial to our body. But the plastic bottles or containers we store water in may induce harmful chemicals into the water. Since clay is natural we need not worry about any chemicals interacting with the water. In fact, it acts as a filter and even adds additional nutrients to the water.  Hence, drinking the required amount of water stored in clay pots can improve your digestion and metabolism. Water stored in clay pots is gentle on the throat. This is ideal for anyone who suffers with throat infections. Not only this, they naturally cool the water based on the climate.

How to properly use them?                        

Earthenware can last quite long if taken proper care. I still have the clay pots my grandmother used to use! Here are few things to keep in mind to properly use a clay pot:

  •   A new pot needs to be soaked for at least 5-6 hours before using it for the first time. The pores of the pot will absorb the water and later adds this moisture to the food while cooking.
  •   For daily use, soak the pot in water for 15 min prior to using them. Clean with a towel to remove the water on the surface.
  •   Always cook on low to medium heat as extreme temperatures may cause cracks to the earthenware.
  •   Allow the pot to cool down before placing it on a counter. It is best to place it on a paper towel or a kitchen cloth.
  •   Do not use soap or detergent to clean as the pot may absorb the soap particles. You can clean it with baking soda and wash off with warm water.
  •   Allow the pot to fully dry before storing.
  •   Look for pots that are not glazed.

 

 Switching to clay pots from your regular utensils might be a lifestyle change to many. But once you do, youll never go back! Start slowly by storing water in a clay pot or cooking at least twice a week in them. You will surely notice the difference and regret not doing it a long time back!

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