The earliest use of clay in cooking dates back thousands of years ago. Wet clay was used to cover foods that were then placed directly onto a fires hot coals. Once the clay had hardened and dried the food was removed and the clay mold was broken away revealing a tender, moist and tasty meal. Reco’s clay cookware uses a similar, but much simpler process to produce meals that are tender and tasty without the need for any additional fats or oils.
The secret lies in the specially selected porous clays that are used to create these unglazed pieces of Reco’s Romertopf cookware. Their ability to absorb a great deal of water is the key to this unique cooking process. Before use both the top and the bottom must be soaked in water for five to ten minutes after which the food can be placed in the clay pot which then goes into the oven.
I was so excited to try out one of these clay cooking pot for myself. I decided to make a classic lentil, potato and curry chicken dish. Everything slowly cooked together in one pot with a light addition of coconut with the curry. It was delightful and perfectly cooked!
Reco’s clay pots greatly simplify the cooking process as well. After soaking the pot for five to ten minutes simply add the ingredients and place the pot into a cold oven and then set to 400 degrees. There is no need for basting, turning or any further attention simply return in 60 to 75 minutes for a meal that is cooked to perfection. The moisture keeps the bottom of the pot at about 220 degrees making burning virtually impossible.
Reco International is the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of Romertopf clay cookware for the United States, Canada, Central and South America. Manufacturing is conducted under very strict supervision to ensure that the terra cotta contains no lead or cadmium. For more information about the full line of Reco’s Romertopf clay cookware please visit the website at www.reco.com.