Dutch Ovens aren’t appealing to most people just because they look beautiful in the kitchen, they are also incredibly versatile and reliably useful. A Dutch oven is a heavy cooking pot with thick walls and an equivalently sturdy lid. While Dutch Ovens can be made out of a variety of materials, including cast iron, aluminum and ceramic, Miriams Earthen Cookware (MEC) – a US based company known for making cookware from pure and natural primary clay, makes pure clay Dutch Oven that promise to offer a range of healthy features that others don’t. Here are the features that make MEC Dutch Ovens so different and better than others:
100% Non-toxic Raw Material
While conventional Dutch Ovens are made from metals or ceramics – both reactively leach at cooking temperature and modify the nutritional composition of food making it toxic and unhealthy. On the other hand, MEC’s raw material, pure clay is naturally inert, so cooks food without leaching into it. As a result, food cooked in MEC is uncontaminated and a lot healthier than in any other material.
The way a Dutch Oven is designed plays an important role in how well and healthfully it can cook food. The conventional ones made from metals or ceramics look great but lack certain features that MEC offers. MEC Dutch Oven pots and lids are designed in such a way that they can manage steam (water-soluble nutrients) effectively while cooking:
The lid stays cooler than the rest of the pot and is made in concentric circles, so steam keeps condensing on its inner surface and keeps falling back into food. Thus, food cooked in MEC is rich in water soluble nutrients.
Keeps Food Nutritionally Rich
Metals and ceramics radiate harsh near infrared heat that destroys most nutrients. We all know how hot metals burn skin tissues if you accidentally touch them, they destroy the plant cells & tissues in the same way. Pure clay cooks with unique far infrared heat – a gentle heat that penetrates deep into food and cooks thoroughly even at low to medium heat while keeping nutrients intact. Thus, with MEC, food cooks at lower heat, in less time and with higher nutritional value.
Ability to Retain Heat
Dutch Ovens are known to retain heat for longer because of their thicker walls but while metals heat and cool down in the same time, pure clay retains heat for way longer than metals – thanks to far infrared heat. MEC Dutch Ovens can keep the food hot for hours after cooking so there is no need to reheat food every time it is served.
Based on all the features explained above, MEC Dutch Ovens turn out to be healthier, more useful and better than other Dutch Ovens. As an added advantage, a single MEC Dutch Oven pot can be used for other kinds of cooking as well like making yogurt, soups & stews, rice & grains, slow cooking, pressure cooking, and so on…