Clay pot cooking has made a comeback in recent years. Besides being lovely to look at, clay pots are cheaper than enameled cast iron pots, can go from the oven to the stovetop to the table, work with everything from beans to hearty soups and stews, and have a few other unexpected benefits. Do you have one? Here are five clay pots we love for soups this fall:
- 1 La Chamba Colombian Clay Oval Casserole Dish, $59.95 from Williams-Sonoma: Both Faith and Dana have this pot, and are big fans. As we've said before, the Chamba pots are really built for soup. They hold and distribute heat beautifully, and look gorgeous to boot.
- 2 4.5 Quart Soup/Stew Pot, $128 from Bram: We first wrote about Bram back in 2009 when we became smitten with their beautiful selection of clay cookware. They're our go-to source for clay pots, with a wide selection collected from the Middle East, South America, and France, among other places. This terra cotta pot is fashioned from the volcanic soil of Tuscany, and its smaller size means it's perfect for serving 4-6 people.
- 3 7 Quart Spanish Soup/Stew Pot, $96 from Bram: This traditional Spanish olla is perfect for soups and stews, as Bram notes. Its larger size also makes it great for really big soup batches you want to freeze for later.
- 4 Handcoiled Soup Pot, $225 from Micaceous Pottery: This pot is made with mica which, in addition to giving it its shimmering appearance, works as a binding agent that makes the pot very strong and durable. The reddish clay is also naturally rich in iron, sodium, and potassium. The potter states in his description that people can taste the difference in their food when cooked in this pot, due in some part to the combination of the acidic mica with the more alkaline clay, which apparently makes food taste better. (He does note that he cannot scientifically prove this!)
- 5 Napa Soup Pot, $34.95 from Crate & Barrel: this terra cotta pot is microwave and oven safe, but not for use on the stovetop. Use it for braised meat stews in the oven, or just for serving at the table.
Do you have a clay pot you love to use for soups?
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