CARING FOR YOUR VESSEL

OVUM - Clay Cooking Pot

SEASONING - before cooking

Prior to using your pot for the first time, thoroughly clean it with warm water and wood ash or eco detergent to remove any residue from the firing process. Fill your vessel 3/4 full of water and place in the oven for 30 minutes at 200° C. This process aids in sealing the pores of the clay.

USE

The Ovum pot is handmade in La Chamba, a small pottery village in Colombia. This village has been producing clay cookware for generations. These pots can be safely used in the oven, over a gas flame, raised above a fire or on an electric stove top. If you're cooking on an electric stove top, we recommend using a heat diffuser beneath your pot to distribute the heat evenly.
The porous nature of the vessels allow the cookware to retain heat and enhance the flavour of your food, especially if you're cooking over fire or charcoal.

CARE

Never expose your pot to rapid temperature changes. Allow the pot to come to room temperature before cleaning or placing in the refrigerator. Following this, do not put a chilled pot from the refrigerator onto a heat source. Always allow it to come to room temperature first.
Use natural detergents or wood ash when cleaning your pot, as chemicals from harsh detergents can be absorbed into the clay. If food has burnt on the bottom, leave to soak in hot water with bicarb soda or eco detergent for several hours. Scrub with a gentle abrasive pad as metal scouring pads may scratch or tarnish the surface. For this same reason, we recommend using wooden utensils whilst cooking. Ensure your pot is completely dry before storing away, as it is a natural product and mould can grow on the surface. If mould has began to grow, scrub the pot with bicarb soda and hot water. Allow it to dry thoroughly and your pot is ready to continue being cooked in. When living in humid environments, it can be best to store your pot with the lid off or left ajar to allow for airflow to avoid the chance of mould growth. 
The colour and texture of your pot will change over time as you continue to cook in it. This is a part of the natural ageing process which we see as beautiful. Our cookware is food safe and free from any paint, lacquer, teflon, lead and harmful chemicals.

 

RO-KA - Stone Cooking Pot

SEASONING

Our pots have been seasoned before arriving to you. This essential process hardens and cures the stone, making the pots optimal for cooking. It also darkens them and highlights the unique grain in each pot. The whole surface of each pot is rubbed with turmeric and castor oil then left to cure in the sun, every day for 4-5 days.

 USE

When using your pot for the first 10 or so times, we recommend cooking starchy foods with a high water content. This could be congee or rice porridge, dal, lentil soup or stew. The starch helps to season the pot even more. For the first 10 times cooking, only heat the pot with liquid inside. Any frying or sautéing needed for the meal you're making should be done in a seperate fry pan and tipped in. These pots are designed for cooking over a gas flame or above the flames of a fire. They can be used in the oven (without the lid). If you're using them on a stovetop, a heat diffuser must be placed beneath the pot to distribute the heat evenly. Cooking on a low to medium heat is recommended, not on a high heat. If your pot has a clay lid with a stone handle, do not put the lid into the oven as it destroy the adhesive that connects the handle to the lid. 

CARE

Never expose your pot to rapid temperature changes. Allow the pot to come to room temperature before cleaning or placing in the refrigerator. Following this, do not put a chilled pot from the refrigerator onto a heat source. Always allow it to come to room temperature first.
Use natural detergents or wood ash when cleaning your pot, as chemicals from harsh detergents can be absorbed into the clay. If food has burnt on the bottom, leave to soak in hot water with bicarb soda or eco detergent for several hours. Scrub with a gentle abrasive pad as metal scouring pads may scratch or tarnish the surface. For this same reason, we recommend using wooden utensils whilst cooking. If cared for correctly the stone pot should last a life time.
The colour and texture of your pot will change over time as you continue to cook in it. This is a part of the natural ageing process which we see as beautiful. Our cookware is food safe and free from any paint, lacquer, teflon, lead and harmful chemicals.