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The terracotta pots they lend themselves very well to sweet cooking: the material they are made of slowly heats up in a uniform and gradual manner and consequently releases heat slowly. These types of pots are ideal for cooking those foods that require cooking over low heat without sudden changes in temperature; this is the case of risottos, vegetable soups, stews, sauces, legumes and cereals in general.
It should be noted that when calculating cooking times, it must be borne in mind that cooking continues even after the fire is turned off.
Terracotta pots, useful recommendations
- Terracotta pots are generally coated with enamel both outside and inside except on the bottom, so avoid those without enamel and porous, as they absorb and are not hygienic
- Do not buy enameled pots with too bright colors and shades of yellow: it is very likely that the enamel contains lead, a substance that is harmful to health
- Make sure that non-toxic paints have been used
- Never put the pot directly on direct fire, use a flame spreader that has a diameter no less than the bottom of the pan: the flame spreader serves to expand the fire evenly, thus preventing the food from sticking to the bottom due to the heat concentrated in one point
- Do not subject the pot to sudden changes in temperature that could cause it to break: the pot should be heated slowly, wait for it to cool before washing and do not add cold food when the pot is already hot
- Avoid the use of metal utensils, to mix during cooking, which could scratch the enamel
Terracotta pots, before use
New terracotta pots need an initial treatment before they are used for cooking: the procedure serves to avoid the risk that they can break once placed on the fire.
Here's how to proceed
- Immerse the pot completely in cold water for 24 hours to hydrate the terracotta; on contact with water, bubbles may escape towards the surface: it is the air that comes out of the pores of the material and is normal and not at all worrying
- Once this is done, dry the pot in the air for 5 hours, placing it "half-upside down", with the bottom facing up and the edge not completely resting: this is to ensure that the moisture can evaporate easily
- Rub the entire internal surface with a clove of garlic then let it rest for 3 hours
- Finally, wash the pot with dish soap and dry with a clean cloth.