Cleaning Clay Bakeware

Photo May 28, 6 42 06 PM

Cooking in Clay is one of the healthiest ways to prepare food. But once we use the bakeware, how do we clean it safely, yet effectively?

Today we’ll discuss how to clean and store bakeware.

 

The Way I Clean and Care for my Bakeware:

  1. I always read the instructions that come with each specific bakeware item and I make sure to follow the manufacturers guidelines.
  2.  I first wash my bakeware with scalding hot water and a firm brush. Just SUPER HOT water. I do not use detergents because clay cookware is porous and absorbs the water (and soap). I’d rather do without soap and other chemicals.
  3. Sometimes the manufacturer give the option to wash parts or all of the bakeware in the dishwasher. Personally, I do not do it and would not recommend it. Clay is super absorbent and it will soak up whatever you wash your dishes with.
  4. Before I use the bakeware for the first time I soak it for 2 hours. When I use it again at a later time, I do not soak it as long. For later use I cut the soak time to roughly 30 minutes.
  5. After the clay baker has been used, I immediately fill it with hot water and let it soak while we eat dinner. It makes it so much easier to clean.

    After dinner I clean my bakeware, first with hot, scalding water and a stiff bristle brush, then rinse it well. I sprinkle baking soda into the dish to be cleaned and add a little water with my brush in order to create a paste.  I brush the clay with the stiff bristle brush to get it nice and clean again. (Salt could also be used instead of baking soda.) I rinse the baking dish well, dry it with a towel and then let it sit out for several hours before packing it away.

  6. Once completely dry I store the bakeware lid inside the bottom piece, and cushion the lid by placing a towel between the two dish layers.
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