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Clay Cooker Tips and Hints

Most claypot recipes use a lot of salt by design

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Clay Cooker Tips and Hints

• Clean the clay dust from a new cooker with hot water and a stiff brush.

• Invest in a good pair of asbestos kitchen gloves to handle removal of the hot pot from the oven.

• Be sure to use a thermometer to test for doneness, and remove the pot from the oven about 5 to 10 minutes before it reaches optimum doneness as it will continue to cook. You will want to let it rest about 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

• For leaner meals, trim off all excess fat or you will end up with a fatty sauce.

• If you need to add a little liquid, use broth or wine (the alcohol will cook out but will give the sauce a nice flavor).

• If you add liquid, do it sparingly. Remember that the food will also release its own juices. You don't want the claypot to bubble over.

• You should not need to use oil in a clay cooker recipe, but if so, use restraint.

• You will find most claypot recipes use a lot of salt. This is intentional. You can try lessening the amount if you need to, but the process relies upon extra salt.

• A parchment paper lining is sometimes recommended when cooking a strong-flavored food or to avoid stains. The parchment paper helps to keep the juices from soaking into the porous clay.

• Arrowroot is recommended for thickening sauces and gravies.

• Never place a hot claypot on a cold or wet surface. It will surely crack. Use a hotpad or wooden cutting board.

• Do not use your clay cooker on top of the stove. It is not designed for direct-contact heating purposes. • Although today's models are dishwasher-safe, I advise against putting your claypot in the dishwasher. The surface is porous and will absorb soap.

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There are many different clay cooker recipes to try. The Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic recipe is the one that completely hooked me on a clay cooker. It may sound like a lot of garlic, but cooked this way, the garlic flavor is extremely mild and the garlic nuggets have a nutty flavor rather than sharp and pungent.

Once you become proficient in using your clay cooker, you will be able to convert many of your old recipes for use in the claypot. Think of your claypot as a sort of pressure cooker that goes into the oven. Poultry, meats and vegetables work particularly well, but you can also bake bread in your clay cooker.

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