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Five Reasons to Start Using Earthen Pots; Know How to Use it

Abha Toppo
Abha Toppo
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Food cooked in earthen pot

Though nowadays we have several types of nonstick pans and utensils but cooking food in an earthen pot or clay pot has its own benefits that many of us are not aware of. Cooking in a clay pot or earthen pot not only offers numerous health benefits but also makes our cooking process much easier and in the end, gives us more flavorful and nutritious food.

Due to its several health benefits, Ayurveda too suggests cooking food in a clay pot. Also cooking in an earthen pot is much better than cooking in a normal utensil as it is improves the quality of the food we eat. You can easily prepare vegetarian as well as non vegetarian food in these pots.  

Why we must use Clay Pots for cooking?

The most convincing reason to start cooking in unglazed clay pots is that it doesn’t leach harmful metals in your food. Unglazed earthen pots is not only good for you and your food but also for the environment. As they essentially come from soil, they easily get decomposed into it when you discard them.

Experts say that the health benefits of cooking in a clay pot are huge. Firstly, they add so many essential nutrients like iron, calcium, phosphorous, sulfur and magnesium to your food that are extremely beneficial for body. Also oil is not needed for cooking in a clay pot and therefore, it is observed that food cooked in clay pots are lower in fat than food prepared in any other utensils.

Earthen Pots Benefits

Below we have mentioned some of the benefits of cooking food in earthen pots or clay pots:

Clay pots are economical and easily available

There are many shops that sell pure and unglazed earthen pots so you will not have any difficulty in buying it. Clay pots are quite cheap as compared to any other types of cooking utensils. You can easily buy them in different shapes & sizes without making a hole in your pocket.

Are porous in Nature

Clay pot's porous nature lets both moisture & heat to circulate through the food that results in slow yet aromatic dish. Earthen pots also retain the nutrition of the food that is usually lost in other types of utensils. The thermal inertia in earthen pots keeps the meat tender and soft for long.

Clay pots are alkaline in nature

Clay is alkaline in nature & it interacts with acidity in the food, thereby neutralizing the pH balance & ultimately making food healthier & tastier. It also provides us the required minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus & sulphur that is good for health.

Uses lesser oil

Because of its heat resistance & slow cooking, the food retains all its oils & moisture; as a result, you will not require extra oil & fat for providing moisture to your food.

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Food in Earthen pot

Clay pots ensures delicious food

Due to slow cooking & porous nature of earthen pots, the moisture & aroma remains in the pot without losing any nutrient, thus making it delicious and flavourful. In addition, it has an earthy flavour added to it that you may not get in any other utensil.

Glazed and Unglazed Clay Pots

Though there are varieties of glazed and unglazed clay pots available in the market, it better to choose unglazed clay pots. One main reason for this is that the glazed earthen pots may contain harmful chemicals. These pots releases harmful toxins when they are heated up or during the process of cooking.

How to use Clay pots

Every time before using clay pots you need to soak it in water (if it is unglazed). Immerse in cold water both its base & lid for at least 10-15 minutes. The water will penetrate the porous surface and help in the steaming process during cooking. Then simply pat dry & fill with your recipe's ingredients.

Also remember that earthen pots are sensitive to temperature change and will easily break so never expose it to extreme temperature differences.

If you love food... then you must start using clay pots or earthen pots....

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