Meet the latest cookware addition in my cramped flat kitchen, a claypot. I could actually visualize all the porridge, soup, claypot chicken rice and whatnots slowing cooked to perfection in the claypot the moment I saw this claypot selling at a bargained price.
Before using a new claypot, there are certain things that must be done to ensure that the pot is usable. My claypot comes with an instruction manual, so it wasn't so hard, but for the benefit of those claypots selling without instructions, here it is:
Directions for Treating a New ClaypotI did not eat the porridge cooked using the pot for the first time, as I was quite squeamish about the leaching from the pot into the food. According to the instruction manual, if you encounter leaking problem when you first use the pot, please do not be alarmed. The reason is due to the manufacturer's 3%-5% allocation of osmosis (movement of water moleculese from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration) when making the claypot to avoid damage from high temperature. Just follow the instructions above and you will be fine.
Wash away all the sand and grit in the pot.
Soak the new claypot with rice water (leftover water used for rinsing rice) in a container or pail, overnight, or at least 24 hours. Make sure the rice water covers the whole claypot.
Use the claypot to cook porridge for the first time.
Do not leave claypot burning on direct flame without food or water inside, as it will cause the pot to crack.
second meal cooked using the claypot. Asam pedas fish.
I used prepackaged asam pedas paste, fish, lady's finger, onions and celery. Simple and quick.