- Pure-Clay Cookware — 100% Healthy, Non-Toxic & Green for You and the Planet:
- YOUR FOOD IS PURE & NON-TOXIC — COOKWARE IS 100% INERT/NON-REACTIVE.
- YOUR FOOD’S NUTRIENTS ARE INTACT! — COOKS WITH FAR-INFRARED HEAT
- NO LOSS OF WATER-SOLUBLE NUTRIENTS — NATURALLY STEAM CONDENSING
- YOUR FOOD COOKS IN THE PRESENCE OF OXYGEN
- “THE FOOD TASTES MUCH BETTER!” CUSTOMERS SAY
- ONE SET OF POTS — MANY TYPES OF COOKING!
- COOKING IS EASIER & STRESS-FREE. CLEANING IS MUCH EASIER…
- FOOD STAYS WARM FOR 4X LONGER – REDUCE RE-HEATING
- SAVE MONEY, TIME AND & ENJOY PEACE OF MIND (EXCELLENT WARRANTY)
- SUPPORT A ‘MADE-IN-AMERICA’ BUSINESS
- 100% GREEN | BEING GRACIOUS TO THE PLANET
- HELP IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE — WE’RE EAGER TO HELP YOU ANY TIME. “EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE” customers say.
Pure-Clay Cookware — 100% Healthy, Non-Toxic & Green for You and the Planet:
Cooking in all-natural clay pots is as new as tomorrow and as old as time itself! And till today, it is the safest, most time-honored method of cooking.
At Miriam’s Earthen Cookware (MEC), we started with testing pots and pans made from all different raw material – steel, titanium, aluminium, copper, ceramics, cast iron and even pots and pans that were said to be made of ‘clay’ but just didn’t meet the standard. None of them provided a 100% inert and non-toxic environment for food, nor radiated the right kind heat to cook without damaging nutrients. Then, we took it upon ourselves to find the purest form of clay — absolutely uncontaminated, 100% primary clay — and designed and made pots and pans, by hand on the wheel (to avoid chemicals used in industrial machinery), and left them 100% unglazed but smoothed and finished. And thus was birthed Miriams Earthen Cookware!
MEC Clay is harvested from within the USA, and the cookware is handmade in the USA.
Your food is a life force. It makes a difference to every cell in your body — from the tip of your hair to the tip of your toes. And the goodness and quality of the food depends on two things: What you cook (The ingredients) and how and where you cook it (The cooking pot). Being aware of this very important fact, we created a line of cookware that is pure and non-toxic with several important features and benefits that make it 100% healthy, non-toxic and “Green”. Thank you for visiting, read on to learn more:
YOUR FOOD IS PURE & NON-TOXIC — COOKWARE IS 100% INERT/NON-REACTIVE.
The MEC Difference: Made with 100% all-natural, primary clay. It has NO Lead, NO Cadmium, NO Arsenic, NO contaminants or additives – is 100% inert.
Regardless of the passing fads, all metals are reactive, from the most expensive to the least. This is an innate property of metals. And food is a biochemical entity. In the presence of heat, these metals react with nutrients which are in the form of oxygen, hydrogen, halogens, acids, and bases, and assimilate in the body. The accumulation of such metal ions in the organs, tissues etc., is the foundation for many illnesses and a weakened immune system. Ceramics, glazes, and enamels (made with many chemicals, oxides and metals) are no exception either. The only raw material that keeps your food pure is pure-clay, so long as it is made without manufacturing additives. At MEC we make your cookware without any additives what-so-ever!
YOUR FOOD’S NUTRIENTS ARE INTACT! — COOKS WITH FAR-INFRARED HEAT
The MEC Difference: Only material that cooks with far-infrared heat: a gentle and penetrating form of heat that cooks without damaging nutritive cells.
While cooking food, vitamins, minerals, protein molecules, carbohydrates and fats are delicate elements going through a phenomenal change. These nutrients are transformed from raw to cooked and the type of heat determines the final result. Harsh, near-infrared heat from the walls of metals and man-made materials like ceramic/enameled/glazed pots destroy a lot of these nutrients. Touch a metal/ceramic pot 5-10 minutes into cooking and it can burn your hand, food is also tissue matter and is prone to damage with that kind of heat. On the other hand, the gentle far-infrared heat from MEC’s walls penetrate deep without destroying these important nutrients, all of it taking less heat and about the same amount of time or less (on a gas stove)!
NO LOSS OF WATER-SOLUBLE NUTRIENTS — NATURALLY STEAM CONDENSING
The MEC Difference: Steam condenses naturally keeping water-soluble nutrients inside.
Ever wondered the significance of steam leaving the pot? Most of the steam generated in food is water-soluble nutrients. Out of the 13 essential vitamins and minerals, 9 are water-soluble, which means they dissolve in water, is quickly used in the body and needs to be replenished every day… the body doesn’t store them. With conventional cookware, as steam constantly leaves the pot so do the water-soluble nutrients, leaving cooked food deficient in one more way.
At MEC we have studied this problem and designed the pot and lid to naturally and fully harness the goodness of pure nature. The pot and lid feature an ergonomic design made by packing clay in concentric circles that let the rising steam touch the inner surface of the lid, condense, and drop back into the food. So it is not a perfectly fitting lid that makes this possible. As raw material is pure and all-natural and the product is handmade, the lids may not always have a machine cut snug fit. Instead, it is the nature of the raw material and the making design that allow this feature. MEC’s excellent steam management properties are explained here.
YOUR FOOD COOKS IN THE PRESENCE OF OXYGEN
The MEC Difference: A unique property to cooking in MEC is the “breathable” walls of the pot.
As temperature goes up inside the pot, the higher pressure draws in air through the semi-porous walls, fortifying food with much needed oxygen. Because, while food is cooking, nutritional bonds are changing and oxygen is breaking down to escape as steam. This allows the food to fully cook but still stay fresh and tasty! This is a stark contrast to food cooked in an airless/lifeless environment in regular cookware.
Another reason why we don’t glaze the pots.
“THE FOOD TASTES MUCH BETTER!” CUSTOMERS SAY
The MEC Difference: Only cookware to have such a positive effect on the TASTE and FLAVOR of the food!
This is something we hear all the time. It’s almost like nature is saying “…thanks for using me, and this is how I show my gratitude, by making you the best tasting food.”You have to try it to experience it!” said one excited customer, about the taste of the food. And when we say this, we’re not just talking about the general taste of food (which sometimes can be altered by adding more seasoning or spices). We’re talking about every grain, every bite of vegetable or meat, the bean, the lentils… they all have a fresh, juicy, wholesome and flavorful taste.
This is a unique feature of pure-clay cooking possible because no nutrients are lost, steam is naturally condensed and there’s no interaction with metals or chemicals. You can read Miriams Earthen Cookware’s reviews here.
ONE SET OF POTS — MANY TYPES OF COOKING!
The MEC Difference: Multi-Functional — use as Dutch Oven, Steamer, Rice & Grains Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Roasting, Baking & So Much More… For the Stove-top (gas/electric/glass cook-top & induction), Oven, Wood fired Stove, etc.
All the different types of cookware in the market today evolved in an effort to imitate the way food cooked in clay. For example, a pressure cooker was invented to keep steam inside and cook with steam pressure, a dutch oven to cook food for long hours without burning. By using pure-clay, at MEC we have made pots and pans that give you all these features without clogging your kitchen. Use them to cook any recipe, from the Californian cioppino to the Japanese Oden, and everything in between, in the healthiest way!
COOKING IS EASIER & STRESS-FREE. CLEANING IS MUCH EASIER…
The MEC Difference: Naturally Non-Stick, no need for “babysitting” the pot, steam is naturally condensed!
Food cooks uniformly because of the heat that spreads out evenly along the lines of the concentric circles. Steam is naturally condensed, keeping moisture inside, and all food cooks on medium heat. When nature is used in the right way, it works best and for your convenience. These pots start off slowly but pick up speed and complete cooking in just about the same time, compared to metals that rapidly heat and easily burn food or need to be constantly stirred to prevent it.
MEC is finished in a special way to harness the naturally non-stick nature of the raw material. And by following the few simple instructions for use, the pots become fully non-stick within the first 2-3 uses. Food rarely sticks to the pot/pans so they are easier to clean!
For all these reasons and some more customers say cooking with MEC is easy and stress-free.
FOOD STAYS WARM FOR 4X LONGER – REDUCE RE-HEATING
The MEC difference: Primary clay is an excellent retainer of heat. Your food stays warm much longer than in other cookware (4-5 hours).
Have you cooked in a pot and come back in a few hours to serve yourself just to find out the food is cold already? Disappointing isn’t it? Not anymore! With MEC you can come back in one hour or even five and your food is still warm and ready to eat!
SAVE MONEY, TIME AND & ENJOY PEACE OF MIND (EXCELLENT WARRANTY)
The MEC Difference: Well Priced, price match guarantee. Cooks all your food in about the same time. Slow cookers recipes in less than 1/4 of the time.
While expensive metal cookware that leach heavy metals and toxins sell in the thousands, these 100% healthy pots cost way less –because our mission is not to make high profits, but to serve people and the planet because that is the real & lasting profit.
All food cooks in about just the same time as conventional cookware, give or take 5-10 minutes and think about the health value of your food, it surpasses even your most expensive copper or titanium pot! Slow cooker meals that take 12-18 hours can be fully cooked in 3 hours or less, without any nutritional compromise!
MEC is backed by a strong & reliable warranty.
SUPPORT A ‘MADE-IN-AMERICA’ BUSINESS
The MEC Difference: Handmade in the USA with all raw materials (pure clay) from the USA. A first of its kind!
What started off as one woman’s personal quest for the healthiest and safest way to cook food for her family, is now Miriams Earthen Cookware (read our story!) Each piece is unique in that they are individually hand crafted by professional potters. They’re made in Dedham Boston Massachusetts, USA. A fully functional work of art, adding much beauty & natural décor to your kitchens!
100% GREEN | BEING GRACIOUS TO THE PLANET
The MEC Difference: 100% Green in the making, finishing, cooking, even till the end — 100% bio-degradable & Compostable.
Healthy for you AND the planet! From harvesting the clay to the different processes of hand making it, to the firing, packaging and shipping, MEC’s pots and pans are one of the only ones made with ZERO negative impact on the environment. Once they are with you they are “green” all the way till the end of their life (which could be several decades long). Read how it is the “greenest” cookware being made & in functionality
HELP IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE — WE’RE EAGER TO HELP YOU ANY TIME. “EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE” customers say.
We know clay cooking is rather new to some, and we want you to eat healthy and promise to be there if you need us along the way as you discover this fascinating method of cooking. Contact us any time & we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
A conventional slow cooker (also known as a crock pot) consists of a pot made of metal or ceramic that is used for cooking foods like soups, stews, and meats slowly for long periods of time. Slow cooking is considered healthy and convenient, especially for those who are busy all day and would prefer to have their food ready as soon as they reach home in the evening. But what if you could make your slow cooking healthier and a lot faster? Keep reading to know how!
Miriam’s Earthen Cookware is a company in the market today making cooking pots from the safest raw material – 100% tested, pure-clay. Not only is food cooked in it healthier than conventional crock pots but also greatly reduce cooking time. Recipes that take around 6-8 hours in a slow cooker are cooked in just 40-50 minutes in medium heat or less – all thanks to the unique far-infrared heat generated by the walls of this natural raw material. By reducing cooking time, they also protect delicate nutrients that get damaged due to long hours of cooking.
“Finally something absolutely healthy on the market! I used to love slow cookers but there was too much of lead leaking into my food.“, says Vanessa, on a google review who has found a healthier way of slow cooking with MEC’s pure-clay pots. “Miriam cookware is AMAZING!! The food that I cook in the 3 pots I bought from her is delicious and absolutely healthy. On top of it, Miriam have great warranty and great customer service.” She concludes.
Also, MEC’s pure-clay pots are excellent heat retainers. Unlike conventional crock machine that needs to run on low temperatures to keep food warm, they can serve this purpose by retaining heat naturally for a long time even after the stove is turned off.
MEC’s pure-clay pots are made from tested and certified pure-clay without using chemicals, glaze or enamels. They are 100% non-toxic and inert, so they don’t leach toxins into food while cooking.
Food (a biochemical entity) consists of water, nutrients, vitamins & minerals, proteins, and carbs that are in the form of halogens, acids, and bases. At cooking temperatures, all metals break into ions and react with these halogens, acids, and bases while heat acts as a catalyst. These metals assimilate with food and accumulate in organs and cells. If this continues over a long period of a time, serious health problems may arise.
Conventional ceramic cookware made from ceramic clay, porcelain, stoneware and the glazes and enamels used for coating are a composition of different chemicals , oxides and metals. They also leach toxins into food while cooking, even at low heat.
But MEC’s pure-clay pots neither leach metal ions into food nor contain harmful chemicals that may contaminate food in any other way. They are the healthiest and best slow cookers available in the market. Head over to MEC to get a pure-clay pot for your kitchen and try this healthier and faster way of cooking all your meals.
As you look for new ways to improve the quality of your diet, you should not overlook the cookware used to make your healthy meals. The vessels you choose directly affect the taste and nutrition value of a meal. Certain cookware materials can react with particular foods or release toxic gases when they are heated to high temperatures. As society seeks a cleaner and healthier environment, eco-friendly companies are focusing on the production of safer cookware and bakeware.
Old-Fashioned cooking methods have made a come-back in kitchens and restaurants around the world. Clay pot cooking is a method of cooking food in an unglazed clay pot that is soaked in water to release steam while cooking. Cooking with earthenware pots is an ancient tradition that offers a distinct taste and keeps the nutritional value of food intact.
Types of Clay Pots
The most common ways of categorizing clay pots are according to the type of clay they’re made of and the required firing temperature.
Earthenware clay pots are usually made from impure, secondary clays that have been transported from their original locations via water or wind. These clays contain particles of rocks and sand and other impurities. The iron content gives the fired clay a reddish color. Earthenware pots are fired at lower temperatures (1700®F to 2100®F) than stoneware and porcelain and cannot be used on the stove. Earthenware is soft and porous and it requires glazing in order to be waterproof.
Stoneware is made from unrefined clay with few impurities. It is fired at higher temperatures than earthenware (2100®F to 2300®F). Stoneware is semi-vitreous, sturdy, chip-resistant, and more durable than earthenware.
Porcelain is made from the purest form of clay, called kaolin. It has a firing range of 2335®F to 2550®F. After firing, porcelain is non-porous, vitreous in texture, and translucent. When glazed, it gets a very smooth and shiny surface.
Flameware pots are made with special “flameproof” clay that is designed to handle very high temperatures and to resist thermal shock. Flameware can be used on all types of stoves and in all ovens.
Are there any Toxins in Clay Pots?
Earthenware clay is a mixture of clays from different areas that were carried by a stream to a new site. These transported clays are usually contaminated with non-clay minerals such as iron-oxide, various amounts of different metals, and other unwanted impurities.
The clay used in producing items for cooking, serving, and storing food should be free of harmful impurities. Clay purity should be validated by a certified third-party laboratory. To ensure clay safety, the purity test is performed during both pre-production and post-production stages. Reputable companies regularly test the complete composition of clay to ensure the finest quality and absence of impurities. Unglazed earthenware made from tested pure clay is 100% non-reactive or inert.
Health Concerns about Glaze on Clay Pots
Earthenware clay is usually glazed to overcome its porosity, make it more functional, and provide easy cleaning. The composition of the glazes in earthenware products that are used in contact with food is regulated by both federal and state agencies.
Lead-based glazes, that have traditionally been used on earthenware, can be a health hazard to consumers. Lead glazes are inexpensive and suitable for creating a pleasing glossy finish, but if the glaze on utensils is not properly formulated and fired, lead can leach from the glaze and enter the food in contact with the utensil. Consumers are exposed to lead by using lead-glazed earthenware that is purely fired for preparing, storing, and serving food and beverages. Lead is considered to be among the most toxic metals and can significantly affect people’s health.
Lead can be found in the glazes of some traditional homemade clay pieces made in other countries and brought into the United States as souvenirs by individuals arriving from abroad.
Due to the hazardous effects of lead, the FDA regulates extractable lead limits in tableware to ensure their safety. Substances used in food contact materials should be lead-free or contain levels of lead that meet current FDA limits. Tableware exceeding the FDA levels, including glazed pottery, cannot be legally sold in the U.S.
How to Choose a Lead-free Clay Pot?
The earthenware made or sold in the United States must meet safety guidelines for lead content and is considered safe to use for food.
Make sure to purchase clay cookware from a reliable manufacturer and look for a safety label that states “Safe for food use.” Also, opt for a lead-free-labeled product. Avoid highly decorated tableware and handcrafted items made by individuals.
Do not use pottery made in Mexico or Latin America or highly decorative Asian dishware for food cooking and storing purposes because those items may contain high levels of lead. Developing countries also do not have strict rules regarding lead. FDA recommends avoiding using those pieces for food, even when they are labeled “lead-free”.
Benefits of Cooking in Unglazed Clay Cookware
Less Fat and Calories
A clay pot with a lid doesn’t allow vapor to escape as it does with metal cooking pots. The food is soaked and cooked in its natural juices. The steam that circulates throughout cooking provides plenty of moisture and eliminates the need for adding extra fats or liquids. That is why the food cooked in an earthenware clay pot may contain lower amounts of fat and calories compared with the food prepared in metal utensils.
Clay cookware is safe for almost all types of cooking. You can use it to fry, bake, braise, grill, brown, and serve hot and cold foods. It can go from the refrigerator to the oven. It is safe to put into a microwave. Almost any basic recipe can be easily adapted for clay pot cooking.
Flavorful and Nutritious Dishes
The porous nature of earthenware allows for slow and even cooking while retaining the natural juices in food. This causes the flavors of all the ingredients to slowly blend together to create fuller flavors and enhanced aroma.
Nutrient Content is Preserved
A clay pot is a good base for a healthy and flavorful meal. The food is cooked slowly in a closed environment inside the pot. There isn’t much loss of nutrients and all cooking fluids are incorporated into the dish, making the meals taste delicious.
Heat Retaining Capability
All foods are cooked at low to medium heat, using 1/2 the energy. The heat-retaining capacity of a clay pot helps food stay hot longer. You can turn off the stove 5 minutes before your food is fully cooked and the residual heat will finish cooking. Clay also can keep food warm for several hours after taking it out of the oven.
Safe for Food Contact
Clay that has passed purity testing is naturally inert and safe for preparing, cooking, and storing food. Food doesn’t react with pure clay and there are no toxic products to leach into your food.
Video: Claypot ABC Soup Recipe
Cons of Cooking with Earthenware
- Clay can break easily if you accidentally drop it. Also, sudden temperature extremes can cause clay pots to crack.
- Clay pots may be difficult to handle, especially when they’re hot.
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