Terracotta has been used throughout the ages and is one of the most versatile and natural of cooking mediums. Looked after it will last for many years and give you a lifetime of enjoyment, but there are a few pointers to be aware of to ensure the longevity of your purchase.
Terracotta has a 'crackled' glaze finish - this is quite normal and is not a fault, it is this feature that gives it the unique 'non-stick' quality.
Before you use your Terracotta for the first time soak it in warm water for about 10 minutes. This is a stress relieving requirement and only needs to be done before the first use, after this you can use the product normally. The more you use the product the more 'cured' it will become and the better it gets.
Cooking with your Terracotta
You can use terracotta for DIRECT HEAT on gas & electric hobs, barbeques and in all types of ovens including Agas and microwaves; it is safe up to 250°C. Raise the heat gradually. Take care when using on a ceramic hob to avoid scratching the hob.
Terracotta is a very good conductor of heat and requires relatively low heat, always use the biggest ring on low heat with large diameter dishes.
Avoid sudden changes in temperature and never heat an empty pan, however it is OK to heat cooking oil before adding your ingredients.
After use soak & wash in warm water or place in a dishwasher. Dry carefully and leave in the open to dry thoroughly.
Store your cookware in a well ventilated cupboard.
Putting terracotta away whilst still damp may encourage mould. This can however be cleaned by soaking overnight in a solution of 3 tablespoons of baking soda per litre of hot water.
Serveware can be warmed in an oven up to 50C.
All of our terracotta products are dishwasher and freezer safe.