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How to "cure" a terra-cotta pot.

How to "cure" a terra-cotta pot.

  1. Select the Right Pot: Ensure that the terra cotta pot you choose is intended for cooking purposes. Not all terra cotta pots are suitable for cooking, as some may contain additives or glazes that are not food-safe.
  2. Clean the Pot: Before curing, clean the pot thoroughly with warm water and a mild detergent. Rinse it well to remove any dust, dirt, or debris. Let the pot dry completely.

  3. Submerge the Pot in Water: Fill a sink or a large container with water deep enough to fully submerge the pot. Let the pot soak in the water for at least 24 hours. This helps to saturate the clay and prevent it from absorbing too much moisture during cooking.

  4. Air Dry the Pot: After soaking, remove the pot from the water and let it air dry completely. Make sure it is thoroughly dried before proceeding to the next step.

  5. Season the Pot: Once the pot is dry, it's time to season it. Rub the inside of the pot with a clove of garlic or a few drops of olive oil. Alternatively, you can soak the pot in water for another 24 hours before air drying again. This process helps to further prepare the pot for cooking and reduces the risk of cracking.

  6. Start with Low Heat: When you're ready to use the terra cotta pot for cooking, start with low heat and gradually increase the temperature. Sudden temperature changes can cause the pot to crack.

  7. Use the Pot Regularly: Regular use of the terra cotta pot for cooking helps to further cure and strengthen it over time. The more you use it, the more seasoned and resilient it becomes.

By following these steps, you can effectively cure a terra cotta pot for cooking and ensure that it's safe to use for preparing delicious meals.


Please note these are my personal way of curing terra cotta pots, please do your own research before cooking with terra cotta.