Whether you’ve used clay cookware before or you’re still wondering if it’s right for you, here is a list of our most common questions and answers so you can feel confident about cooking with clay:
What’s clay cookware?
Clay cookware is an alternative to metal cookware like cast iron or stainless steel products. Clay cookware is made from 100% pure and natural materials, sculpted to perfection, and glazed and fired for your use.
Is it safe?
Yes. There are no toxic materials or chemicals go into the making of clay cookware. It is eco-friendly, and safe to use on all kitchen appliances and used with all types of foods. It is safe for people who are vegetarians, vegans, all organic, and that have certain dietary restrictions.
Can it go on direct heat?
Yes, if made with flameware clay and a special glaze. Flameware can go in the oven, grill, smoker, stove top, etc.
How do you clean it?
Hand wash with a scrub pad or steel wool. It’s okay, you won’t scratch it. Use warm water and dish soap. You can also add water to the piece after it’s been used to soak it before you wash it to make food residue come off even easier. Be careful when washing to not bump it too hard on the edges of sinks or counter tops.
Do I need to season it and how?
No, although a lot of clay cookware needs to be seasoned, here at Clay Coyote there is no seasoning that needs to be done on your pieces.
Will my food stick to the sides or bottom?
If you put a little bit of oil on the bottom and sides of the pan, pot, etc., your food should not stick and come out ready to serve.
How is it made?
Clay cookware is thrown by a potter. A mound of clay is centered on the throwing wheel, and as the wheel is spinning using a foot pedal, the potter sculpts the clay using water, their hands, and tools. Once the piece is formed to the potter’s liking, it sits out to dry and then goes to the kiln for firing. Once fired, the potter glazes the piece using different glaze materials and colors. There are many ways to glaze a piece in order to get the effect the potter wants. Once glazed, it goes back into the kiln for more firing. Once the firing process is completed, the piece is ready to use.
What are the benefits of using clay cookware?
There are many benefits to using clay cookware. As mentioned above, it’s made of all natural materials and is eco-friendly. Clay also retains heat better than metal cookware, which means your food will stay warmer, longer. If using a piece with a lid, it circulates the steam from absorbing excess water due to its porous abilities, allowing your food to be cooked in its natural juices, creating a better flavor and locking in nutrients making it a healthier meal. Check out this article for more details.
Will the color change or fade?
It may darken over time with its use, but if cleaned properly it should hold its color nicely.
Does is scratch easily?
Flameware is scratch resistant, so you can use any type of cooking utensil on it (wood, metal, plastic, etc.)
How do I cook with it?
Because clay cookware retains heat much better than metal cookware. It takes longer to warm up and cool down. If you turn the heat way up to heat the pan faster, that heat will keep coming through after you turn the burner down, which could possibly burn your food. Check food periodically. If a dish looks close to done, take it out because it will continue to cook in the pot. Or remove the food from the clay cookware when it reached your desired doneness.
Is it dishwasher safe?
Yes, but for best cleaning results, hand washing with a scrub pad as directed above can be more effective on tougher, stuck on food.
What can I cook in it/what are its uses?
Anything your heart desires! Although many pieces originate from specific cultures, any type of cuisine can be made in them.
Where do I get clay cookware?
Why Clay Coyote of course! Located in Hutchinson, MN and open from 10-5pm Monday-Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday, Clay Coyote is your one stop shop for all things clay. The Clay Coyote team is knowledgeable in clay and has a passion for making it. Stop in or shop online. Check out this article for other places to purchase clay cookware.
Want more information on the history of our clay cookware? Read the history and story here.
If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to stop by and chat with us, or email your questions to [email protected]. We hope we can help you get the best out of your clay cookware and enjoy cooking your meals.