Clay pot cooking might not be the primary method of cooking in our civilization anymore but it used to be so until a few hundred years ago. And why not, it is still the healthiest method of cooking food. This practice of cooking in clay changed only about a century ago or so when people started mining a lot of metals and started thinking of ways to repurpose them.
Making cookware was a way to reuse these metals, right? Wrong, because, when this happened, we lost touch with the knowledge of health benefits of cooking in clay. This further gave rise to a civilization that kept getting sicker with time and had weakened immune systems. Even if some of us had our connection with why our ancestors revered this cooking method, they quickly gave in to marketing pressure. If only we knew what we were losing…
Why is it important to cook in the right pot?
Cooking is not just an activity that can be carried out using any kind of vessel. It is a biochemical process where cooking heat acts as a catalyst to converting raw food to cooked, containing digestible nutrients. For this purpose, the pot has to be completely inert. A pot that is not inert can leach toxins. These toxins modify the composition of nutrients in food and make it less effective and even toxic in the body. This is exactly what happens when food is cooked in a reactive material like metals or ceramics.
Why pure clay must be preferred over all other materials?
Pure clay is an all-natural material that is 100% free from contaminants and is purest form of highest quality primary clay. This naturally inert material cooks the healthiest food without adding toxins to it. There are many other health benefits of clay pot cooking that caused our ancestors to stick to it for so long:
Pure clay cooks with unique far infrared heat – a gentle food friendly heat that preserves delicate nutrients. Heat from conventional cookware, called near-infrared heat destroys the delicate nutritional cells is food.
Water soluble nutrients stay intact because steam is preserved. The building up of steam is delayed till the end of the cooking process. And when it does build up, it condenses naturally on the inner surface of the lid that stays cooler than the rest of the pot. This steam falls right back into the pot and the food!
Pure clay pots are truly eco-friendly. At no point in their lifecycle, from procuring raw material to manufacturing the pot, and while using it for cooking, does it pollute or contaminate the planet in any way. It goes back to the same earth from where it came after the end of its useful life cycle.
Where to get clay pot in this modern era?
Miriams Earthen Cookware (MEC) – a pioneering company in the USA makes pots and pans from pure clay sourced also from the USA without using any chemicals, glazes or enamels. MEC’s handmade cookware are ergonomically designed to be used as multi-cooking pots (one pot for different kinds of cooking and on different heat sources (gas, electric, glass cooktops or oven).