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This traditional clay cazuela from Hidalgo, Mexico, is more lightweight than Pyrex, more attractive than either glass or metal cookware, and has nonstick properties thanks to its beautiful glazed finish—which also makes it easy to clean. Use this 3.5-quart pot as you would a Dutch oven, especially for recipes that require cooking in the oven, such as our Roman Braised Beef with Tomato and Cloves—the gradual, steady heat of the terra cotta will help with even cooking. We also like the subtle ventilation holes in the lid, which are flawlessly disguised by the painted floral pattern. They allow moderate evaporation so you can reduce soups and stews without worrying about food sticking or scorching to the bottom of your pot. Each piece is handcrafted by specialized artisans and takes between 15 and 20 days to produce, from mining local clay to polishing the dishes using volcanic rock. And not only will it add an attractive, authentic touch to your table, the cazuela is also certified food-safe, whereas many other brands of earthenware are made with lead. Because the clay is finely ground, the pot requires very little seasoning before first use—simply bring water to a boil in the cookware. As with all clay cookware, the pieces should not be exposed to extreme temperature shock. For instance, let a hot pot cool to room temperature before running under cold water to avoid cracking.
Net Weight: 3.4 pounds Dimensions: Length: 13 inches, Width: 10.5 inches, Height: 6.5 inches, Diameter: 10.5 inches Capacity: 3.5 quarts Material: Clay (Lead-free) Note: Pieces are handmade and may have slight imperfections/differences. It is common for some staining or discoloration on the interior of the pieces to occur with use over time.
Use: Safe for use in the oven, microwave, stovetop, or over direct flame. Do not use metal utensils when cooking. Heat diffuser recommended on electric stovetops to help prevent foods from burning. Clay cookware can also be used on induction cooktops with an induction cookware interface disk. Care: Hand-wash only. Do not use metal sponges to clean.
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