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Old 05-22-2011, 09:28 PM   #11
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My definition of impractical is soaking something in water before use it.

Clay is heavy and slow to heat, but it does hold heat well. More impracticalities.

The only thing you need to cook without fear burning is some decent fully clad stainless steel cookware. A lot cheaper and more practical than clay.

I have several clay pieces that I seldomly use but I like. I couldn't imagine in a million years basing my everyday cookware equipment on cast iron and clay. Sorry. But I cook a lot...
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:34 PM   #12
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for clay pots, a little education goes a long way. fine cracks can be filled up with milk treatment...

How often do you have to do that?
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:53 PM   #13
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I love using my Romertopf (sp), but I couldn't see using it every day (or anything made like it). Sorry, but I'm very partial to my Le Creuset pans and the stainless and CI pans I have. And yes, I realize Le Creuset has gone up in price (my starter set was $75--I recently did the replacement cost for the ones I have--the ones my mom bought and the extras she bought me at the same time--$1500). The clay pans are very pretty, but then I think my Le Creuset are also "pretty" (just wish purple had been available when my mom bought mine for me 30 years ago). The only damage my pans do is if I drop them on the ceramic tiles in the kitchen!
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:16 PM   #14
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I believe you only need to do it once to fill in the cracks. soaking it in water, is just a one time thing, you shouldn't have to do it again.
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:31 PM   #15
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I believe you are supposed to soak clay cookware in water before every use.
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Old 05-23-2011, 03:16 PM   #16
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Roemertopf is clay ovenware and should be soaked prior to each use. Do not know about stove top clayware.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:30 PM   #17
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it depends on what type of clay. claycoyote.com has some good differentiation between the types. the kind that I got is flameware, and you can use it directly on the stove, go up to medium heat without worries, didn't crack, no prewater treatment at all. isn't needed for flameware. so far so good. it has been pretty nice. the flavors are stronger. eggs are creamier. not as stiff are rubbery.
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:06 PM   #18
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I believe you are supposed to soak clay cookware in water before every use.
If it is traditional Mexican cookware, it doesn't need to be soaked again once it is seasoned.

I do, however, question the practicality of large amounts of clay cookware. No question it breaks and/or gets damaged more easily than stainless steel.
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:59 PM   #19
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I beg to differ. I do think a couple of high quality clay dishes are very practical. like frittata. its perfect in a cazuela. its perfect for dishes that require slow cooking. especially because food cooked in metal tastes different than food cooked in clay. whether its good or bad, thats the way it is.
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:38 PM   #20
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All a frittata needs is a plain old skillet. It's a super easy non-fussy dish. Unlike other dishes it absolutely needs no special cookware.

Stainless steel imparts no taste to food.
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