What Is A Dutch Oven?
A dutch oven is the king of the kitchen. It is a very flexible piece of cookware. A variety of dishes can be prepared in it, from soups, stews to all kinds of rice and other casserole dishes. Typically, it’s a two-piece cooking utensil that includes a pot along with its well-fitting lid. It has thicker walls than a regular pot and is used on the stovetop or in the oven. For its flexibility and usefulness, I choose to name it the ‘king’ of the kitchen.
Cooking With Clay Pots
Pure clay is harvested from assorted lands in the US. It is by far the purest material to make cookware. It is naturally inert as it is free from any chemical or metal impurities, unlike conventional metal and ceramic cookware that leach metals and chemicals into the food. Pure clay pots are handmade without using any chemicals or glaze so as to maintain its natural ability to be inert and safe for cooking. It is proven to be 100% non-toxic and healthy. In a world of toxic metal or ceramic cookware, pure clay pots stand out as the healthiest alternative. Hence, I choose to call it the ‘queen’ of cooking materials.
Creating A Clay Dutch Oven
What happens when you pair them both? You get an ideal Dutch oven that cooks your food in the healthiest way possible. It not only doesn’t leach toxins into your food but also preserves its nutritional value with unique far-infrared heat cooking. This heat is food-friendly and cooks without damaging the nutrients.
Pure clay Dutch ovens require little to no monitoring when cooking. Heat given to the pot is held inside so all recipes can cook beautifully just on medium heat, and many times you can conveniently turn the stove off even if the food is not fully cooked… it finishes cooking with the heat retained inside.
Moreover, the steam management properties of pure clay pots are a blessing; the ergonomic design of the pot & lid can uniquely allow steam to circulate inside and let food cook with its own steam pressure. The straight walls of the pot, if the pot is made in concentric circles, the inner flute on the lid and a cool underside of a knob can allow for steam to rise, get condensed and drop right back into the pot. Thus, the water-soluble nutrients are not lost by evaporation.
No more leaching toxins into food — a healthy delicious dish every time you cook in a pure clay Dutch oven. Adding to the benefits, it is easy to handle and keeps getting better as it is seasoned (after 4-5 times of use). Clay also makes excellent bakeware. Experienced bakers are finding more uses for clay bakeware pieces all of the time.
Why Cook With A Dutch Oven?
The popular cookware available in the market is made of metals or ceramics. At cooking temperature, metals leach ions that react with food (a biochemical entity). These metals are then assimilated in our organs and blood with food, and keep accumulating over time. Such toxins (metal and chemicals) are known to cause health problems that may range from allergies, minor illnesses to chronic diseases. Also, the harsh uneven heat from metal cooks food unevenly and damages nutrients in the process. What is left is a nutritionally lacking food full of toxins!
With so many health benefits, who wouldn’t want this perfect ‘couple’ to be a part of their kitchen? It’s high time you switch to a healthy pure clay dutch oven to enjoy delicious food with your family. You will be amazed at how some of your old, favorite recipes will take on new flavors!