If you are a healthy cook and have the right Dutch oven in your kitchen, the possibilities are endless. A Dutch oven is a very useful kitchen utensil and can be used to cook various dishes. Having a single container to cook various types of food is not only convenient, but it also saves a lot of money: you no longer need to buy a wide range of kitchen utensils to try different recipes. But, as mentioned in the first line of this article, you must have the right one.
The healthiest option would be a pure clay Dutch oven because it has certain characteristics that no other has. Do you want to check if yours is the right one? Let’s see if you can do the following 8 things:
1. Naturally non-stick
It becomes naturally non-stick when seasoned well (used multiple times). It begins to repel food that sticks to the walls without any toxic coating. It is easier to clean by scrubbing with clean water without using soap or cleaning agent.
Metal and ceramic cookware need toxic nonstick coatings that contaminate food during cooking.
The walls made of pure clay are semi-porous, they allow oxygen to pass through easily so that the food cooks with enough oxygen. The effect can be felt in the form of better taste and aroma of cooked food. No other kitchen utensil has this capacity.
3. It can be used both on the stove and in the oven.
It can be used both on the stove and in the oven, all thanks to the raw material. This makes it possible to have a cooking pot for all types of cooking. Conventionals do NOT have this feature.
4. Keeps food warm for 5-6 hours without heating
Pure clay pots are great at retaining heat – they keep food hot for 5-6 hours after it cooks. This eliminates the need to heat and reheat food each time it is served. Sometimes food continues to cook even after the heat source is turned off, thus saving energy. Have you ever heard of a metal pot that does the same thing? On the contrary, they lose heat pretty quickly as soon as you stop heating them.
5. Cook food without destroying nutrients.
Some delicate but essential nutrients like complex carbohydrates, flavonoids, etc. they are destroyed by the strong heat of metals and ceramics. But when cooked with a mild far infrared heat from pure clay, they remain intact. When the body is regularly fed nutrient-dense foods on a regular basis, it feels more energetic.
6. Preserves water soluble nutrients as steam.
Water soluble nutrients present in vapor form during cooking are often released through the vents on metal / ceramic pot lids. Pure clay pots handle this vapor in a unique way by allowing it to condense on the inner side of the lid (where the temperature is comparatively lower). It keeps falling back into food during cooking, rather than getting lost completely. This is nothing short of a blessing because the body cannot store these water-soluble nutrients and the only way to get them regularly is through food.
7.100% non-toxic raw material
The raw material used in your Dutch oven largely decides the health of your food. While metals and ceramics leach toxins and contaminate food during cooking, pure clay is naturally inert and does not leach. As a result, food cooked in pure clay is free from any type of metal toxin. Pure clay is tested for purity by laboratory testing and can also be tested at home using an alkaline baking soda test for leaching.
8. Truly environmentally friendly in manufacture, use and disposability
It is not only good for the health of our diet but also for the planet. From the collection of the raw material to the production of the final product, it never releases any by-products that could harm the environment in any way. They are completely biodegradable and can be easily disposed of at the end of their useful life.
On the contrary, the manufacture of Dutch metal and ceramic furnaces causes harmful effects on the environment at all stages. Its toxic by-products pollute natural resources and affect wildlife. Also, getting rid of them remains a challenge because they pollute the environment wherever they are left.
If yours is missing some or all of these features, then you really are missing out on a lot of what green, non-toxic, and truly healthy cookware can offer. Stop compromising the health of your family and the planet AND switch to the pure clay Dutch oven to experience all the benefits it has to offer.