Slow cooking with Miriam’s Earthen Cookware (aka MEC) makes food healthier and tastier, and to make things better, it is a lot more convenient if you know how to use it for this purpose! Here are simple answers to 5 important questions that can make slow cooking in pure clay an easy breezy process:
Can you slow cook on the stovetop, instead of the machine?
Yes, you can and it is more convenient. Just add all your ingredients to the pot, close lid, put it on low-medium heat (depending on recipe) and you are good to go. You can check your recipe for doneness, after 30 minutes (sooner if quantity is smaller) and most meals can be cooked within 40-45 minutes. This method of slow cooking requires no babysitting and is the easiest! Also, it is possible with appliances available in any kitchen (the stove), no need for special gadgets taking up precious counter space.
Does it take longer or shorter time when cooking on the stove the same slow cooking recipes?
It takes a lot less time when cooking slow cooking recipes in MEC pots on stove-top. For example, cooking a bone broth with chicken bones takes just 1.5 hours, and with beef bones it takes about 2 hours. This is possible because of the difference in the heat cooking the food. The unique far-infrared heat penetrates deeper into the bones in less time than heat from conventional slow cookers. The best part is – there is no nutritional loss or contamination from the pot.
Can they be used in the oven for slow cooking?
Yes, you can use MEC pots to slow cook in the oven without much monitoring and to cook faster. You can also fit more than one pot in the oven to make cooking par efficient. Simply pour ingredients in the pot and start oven at 250-degree Fahrenheit. Increase to the desired temperature after 5-10 minutes. It usually takes 1.5 hours for meats or 45 minutes – 1 hour for vegetarian recipes, beans or when cooking grains. It’s that simple!
How it is that food is healthier and tastier even though it is being cooked faster than a traditional slow cooker?
The heat cooking food in MEC makes all the difference. While heat from metals is destructive, the unique far infrared heat from pure clay is gentle on delicate nutrients. It penetrates deep into food even at low heat and cooks thoroughly and evenly. This is why food cooks faster. And when you are done cooking, the food stays hot in the pots for at least 3-4 hours longer than in their fast cooling metal counterparts.
This food friendly heat also preserves nutrients like complex carbs, flavonoids and phytonutrients that are often destroyed when cooking in metals. This is why food stays healthier and tastier when cooked in MEC.
Can MEC slow cooking pot be used for any other kind of recipe?
Yes, MEC pots are designed for different types of cooking and slow cooking is just one of them. You can also use your MEC slow cooker as Dutch Oven, Best Soup & Stews Pot, Pressure Cooker, Rice & Grains Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Vegetable Steamer, Bread Baker and many more.