Seasoning a Clay
PotIf you season your pot properly, it will become durable and likely last for a long time. Without proper seasoning, however, there’s a high risk of the pot cracking. There are a couple of different methods of seasoning. I am discussing the method that Sheetal uses.
Immerse the new Clay pot in a big vessel full of water for 48 hours days, and then scrub off the mud inside the clay pot using a scrubber. Let it dry for a few hours. Your pot is ready to be used.
Cleaning The Clay Pot
Because clay is porous, you cannot clean it using soap or normal dishwashing detergent. The soap will soak into the clay and end up leaching into the next meal you cook in the pot. Instead, you need to clean a clay pot using hot water and a stiff brush. Baking soda can be used to remove the odors especially if you have cooked with onion and garlic. For stubborn stains, take rock salt in a scrub pad and scrub it nicely. Fill the pot with hot water and wait for half hour. Discard the water and wash it again.
A tip would be if you want to use your pots for both savory and sweet dishes and you have the storage space, you might want to invest in two pots so that any absorbed flavors won't affect the taste of your recipe.