A pure clay Dutch Oven is a excellent piece of cookware and a very useful one. It consists of a cooking pot with a lid – both made from unglazed main clay (or pure clay). It is fairly popular probably because it’s versatile and can cook a variety of dishes. Let us find out the pros and cons of this uniquely healthy cookware that is becoming very popular:
The raw material used is pure clay – a naturally available material that’s tested for chemical contaminants and metals such as Lead, Cadmium, and Arsenic – which are mostly found in conventional cookware even if in small amounts. But this cookware is free of metals and chemicals – a great place to begin especially since it’s marketed as healthy. No chemicals or glazes are used in the raw material or for the finishing of the product. Obviously, this pure clay, even if nothing is added to it or taken from it, is inert or non-reactive.
2. Multi-functional & Versatile
Ceramic and metal Dutch Ovens aren’t multifunctional but thankfully this one is. You may use it in the oven or on the stove-top. It is most likely the most flexible cookware in the kitchen – one can cook many different dishes inside like soups, stews, rice and other casseroles dishes. It’s pretty convenient to have a single piece of cookware with so many uses.
3. Food-friendly Far Infrared Heat
While metals and ceramics radiate harsh heat that destroys delicate nutrients like complex carbs, phytonutrients, and fat-soluble nutrients, a pure clay Dutch Oven is a significant contrast. The unique far infrared heat from its walls penetrates deep into each grain and cooks it thoroughly even at just medium heat AND without destroying nutrients. All of your favorite recipes will cook in about the same time as they do in any other cookware but will be far more nutritious.
Also, all of the heat is conserved within the kettle — thank goodness as your fingers won’t scorch even if you were to accidentally touch the pot while cooking.
4. Excellent Steam Management
Most conventional cookware let steam escape during cooking. But this cookware handles steam really intelligently. The steam rises from food and condenses in the inner surface of the lid (which is cooler than the rest of the kettle ) and falls back into the food. What a terrific way to save all that essential water-soluble nutrients!
Pure clay pots are great retainers of warmth so food stays warm for quite a long time after cooking is completed. There is not any need to re-heat the meals each time you have to serve it. This is a great advantage particularly in winter when food is very likely to get cold pretty quickly.
6. Much Better than in Metals
With all these attributes that pure-clay cooking offers — deficiency of toxins, gentle heat, the abundance of nutrients, semi-porous surface of the pot that lets oxygen pass through it while cooking or all of these – the food tastes better when cooked in pure clay. The men and women who are used to cooking in pure clay do not even want to serve in any other substance – this is how much they like the experience of pure clay cooking!
There’s only one – pure clay cookware can break if not handled carefully. But due to their versatile design, their breakage rate is really low.
When using your cookware with a little maintenance isn’t a deal-breaker for you then this cookware is the best option you have for truly healthy cooking. Its capacity to cook nontoxic, nutrition-rich and delicious healthy food makes it an perfect cooking pot for your kitchen.