Pressure cooking with pure and natural clay pots is 100% non-toxic, healthy and truly green! And your clay pot is healthy only when it is all natural: made with no chemicals additives, glazes or enamels, like the way Miriam’s Earthen Cookware is made.
While you are on your way to start pressure cooking in pure clay pots, here are 6 great tips that can keep your food healthy and delicious:
1. When cooking in pure clay pots, there is no need to pre-soak beans. You can simply add beans to the pot with enough water and cook for about 40 minutes at medium heat (this is for 3-4 cups of dried beans). That’s it!
2. Cooking in clay pots usually take the same time as a metal pressure cooker but food is much healthier and completely non-toxic because unlike metals, pure clay doesn’t leach toxins, it is 100% inert and the gentle heat from its walls cooks by keeping nutritional cells intact.
3. Always choose the safest clay pots, and ones designed to condense steam naturally. MEC pure clay pots are ergonomically designed so they preserve steam (water soluble nutrients) even when the lid doesn’t fit perfectly: the lid stays cooler than rest of the pot and lets all the steam condense on its inner surface and fall back into food.
(MEC or Miriams Earthen Cookware is an all-American company based in the US that has been making cookware from pure clay sourced from US, for more than a decade. They ship worldwide through their online store.)
4. Pressure cooking in clay pot requires little to no babysitting. You can put all the ingredients in the pot, close the lid and let them cook at low to medium heat. It is best to not open the lid often.
5. Clay pressure cookers work better on gas stoves because the heat is uniform, but can also be used on electric coil and electric glass cooktops without any issues (might take a few minutes longer), although a diffuser is recommended with these to protect the pot from uneven heat.
6. Clay pressure pots can be used for more than just pressure cooking: you can use them as Dutch Oven, Best Soup & Stews Pot, Pressure Cooker, Rice & Grains Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Vegetable Steamer, Slow Cooker, Bread Baker and many more. In fact, you can also use one pot for different types of cooking.