Though nowadays we have several types of nonstick pans and utensils but cooking food in an earthen pot or clay pot has its own benefits that many of us are not aware of. Cooking in a clay pot or earthen pot not only offers numerous health benefits but also makes our cooking process much easier and in the end, gives us more flavorful and nutritious food.
Experts says, the health benefits of cooking in a clay pot are huge as it contains many essential nutrients like iron, calcium, phosphorous, sulfur and magnesium to your food that are extremely beneficial for body. Also oil is not needed for cooking in a clay pot and therefore, it is observed that food cooked in clay pots are lower in fat than food prepared in any other utensils.
So in this article we are going show you the health benefits of cooking in clay pots or earthen pots;
1. They are economical and easily available
Clay pots are quite cheap as compared to any other types of cooking utensils. You can easily buy them in different shapes and sizes without making a hole in your pocket
2. Are porous in Nature
Clay pot's porous nature lets both moisture and heat to circulate through the food that results in slow yet very nutritious. Earthen pots also retain the nutrition of the food that is usually lost in other types of utensils. The thermal inertia in earthen pots keeps the meat tender and soft for long
3. Clay pots are alkaline in nature
Clay is alkaline in nature and it interacts with acidity in the food, thereby neutralizing the pH balance and ultimately making food healthier and tastier.
4. Uses lesser oil
Because of its heat resistance and slow cooking, the food retains all its oils and moisture, and you will not require extra oil and fat for providing moisture to your food.
5. Clay pots ensures delicious food
Due to slow cooking and porous nature of earthen pots, the moisture and aroma remains in the pot without losing any nutrient, thus making it delicious and flavourful.
How To Use;
Every time before using clay pots you need to soak it in water at least 10-15 minutes. The water will penetrate the porous surface and help in the steaming process during cooking. Then simply pat dry and fill with your recipe's ingredients.
Also remember that earthen pots are sensitive to temperature change and will easily break so never expose it to extreme temperature differences.
If you are a lover of food, then you must start using clay pots or earthen pots.