When I first heard about VitaClay, I was ecstatic. This was an amazing cooking medium—just what I had been looking for! I’d long since realized the dangers of cooking in aluminum pots with chemical non-stick coatings, and I’d become suspicious that maybe my slow cooker pot had something in the paint or glazing that could leach into my food.
I use glass containers, cast iron cooking pans, and try to avoid plastic whenever possible. But I loved my rice cooker and my slow cooker. I started looking for stainless steel rice cookers because that’s the only “safe” thing I could think of. When I saw there was one made with clay, I was so excited. It doubles as a slow cooker? Sign me up!
Once I started using VitaClay I realized what a treasure I had discovered. Not only was it a safe cooking material, it literally made everything, from rice to stew, taste better! No more mushy texture like in my other slow cooker! I couldn’t believe there was such a great product on the market!
The one reservation I had was with the clay pot. Sure, it’s great. It’s the most traditional cooking material there is, used for thousands of years in every culture. It’s literally made of dirt.
But what if it breaks? Well, I’ve had my VitaClay for about 8 years now, and I’ve had a total of 2 broken pots during that time. One of them was because it knocked up against something else in the dishwasher (they don’t recommend putting it in the dishwasher, but ain’t nobody got time for that).
The clay pots are actually quite strong, but they are clay, so I’d like to put up a few tips for keeping your clay pot shiny and new for as long as possible. (Although I do recommend buying a 2nd pot, if only so you can make more than one dish at a time!)
Tips for keeping your clay pot shiny and new:
If you keep these things in mind, you should be able to keep your clay pot in great shape for many years.