You may have seen us say that our pots are “unglazed.” This means that there is no chemical glazing on our clay pots, unlike the vast majority of earthenware on the market today.
The fact is, glazing strengthens and provides a shiny surface amenable to cooking in earthenware vessels such as clay or ceramic, which are otherwise rough and porous.
The problem with most glazes is that they contain chemicals (and sometimes heavy metals) which can potentially leach into food when cooking. VitaClay pots are, in fact, glazed, but just with water.
What is the Process?
We use a very high temperature (1000+ degrees) water glazing process that leaves nothing coating the clay but provides strength, durability and non-stick properties.
The high-temperature water-glazing process creates a sheen on the clay pot that serves as a semi-non-stick surface. While it’s not as slick as non-stick chemical coatings, it does provide some non-stick protection and strengthens the clay.
The clay itself is also free of chemicals, heavy metals and impurities. It is tested by 3 rd party labs both pre- and post-production to ensure safety and purity.
The bottom line is: we are doing this to have a safe, healthy option on the market for our families. At VitaClay, we use our own products every day, and we are convinced of the safety and purity of our products.
We hope you love cooking in clay as much as we do and would love to hear your feedback on what you like about cooking with clay and what your favorite dishes are.