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Clay Pot cooking?

 
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I was wondering if anyone on this forum used clay pots to cook out of. I haven't found much info on them except they have been used by certain native american tribes.

Thanks,

Joe
 
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you can cook in a clay pot by filling it with soup then dropping hot rocks from the bed of thee fire in there or by burying it in sand under you fire where it receives gradual heat. heat clay quickly or too hot and it breaks and unless glazed it cant be cleaned.

I think there is a reason clay cooking was always abandoned when cast iron became available.
 
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i have a clay cooking pot from mexico that i cook beans in. by far the best way to cook them imo. its real hard to find good ones though outside mexico.
 
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I have several clay roasters. They are great for baking bread and for roasting veggies. Never been tempted to do anything else with them.
 
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My kitchen is not complete without my schlemmertopf.  I found a good website that gives the general idea and how to use:

http://www.kitchentotable.com/productlines/clay-bakers.php

I can cook a four year old hen in the schlemmertopf and the meat is tender and juicy.  No need to boil the life out of an old bird when you can just roast in the schlemmertopf for a couple hours.

The most important thing is to soak before using and allow complete cooling before washing. 

I bought my first one in Germany almost 30 years ago.  Just put your meal (meat, veggies, wine, water, flour, spices) in the pot, bake at about 350-375 for a couple hours, then take off the top and serve right out of the pot. 

Use a seperate baker for sweet stuff.  The schlemmertopf makes such wonderful moist cobblers and puddings.

I have cracked one over the years.  I found another at a garage sale about 6 years ago.  It looks like dammit (stains) but makes the best veggie and meat roasts and stews.
 
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Clay pots are used extensively in cooking traditional Japanese soups. I have several from Korea that are fired on a gas flame and used mostly for soups, but also for a few rice dishes.

Here are photos of Japanese ones: http://blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=saponal003&logNo=50101016968&viewDate=&currentPage=1&listtype=0

Here are photos of a Korean one: http://kr.aving.net/news/view.php?articleId=26692&mn_name=news&cateId=04_05
 
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