Made of natural unglazed clay and completely safe and toxins free
Can be used on gas, electric or glass stovetops, as well as the oven, microwave, or grill
Handcrafted by our artisans in Central Colombia
Cooking pieces heat very evenly and retain heat for a long period
Product information sheet included outlining the Care and Use
The rounded soup pot is perfect for slow cooking soups, stews, and casseroles. Length 8.8in (handles included) x Width 7.5in (from outside), Height 7.0in (with the top of the lid handle), Diameter 6.75in and Capacity 2.5qt (filled comfortably without overflowing). Better suited for gas ranges or open fire, it heats very evenly and retains heat for a long period. Completely natural and safe, contains no toxins or lead and the porous nature of the clay allows the slow evaporation of steam and produce food that is healthier, tastier, and moist using less fat and liquids. Will last many years with proper use and care (each piece comes with a product information sheet outlining the Uses and Care for the product). Perfect for slow cooking soups, stews, and casseroles, and serve in the table for a great presentation. Black Clay, La Chamba Cookware, is well-known and used throughout Colombia in restaurants and homes for preparing and serving traditional dishes. Its origins can be traced back at least 700 years to vases and pitchers found in pre-Columbian archaeological sites. It is still made in the traditional manner, by families in a small village on the banks of the Magdalena River in Central Colombia. Each piece is hand-made using local area clays, then hand burnished with a stone. The pieces are then fired in the village, giving them the distinctive black color and elegant look.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
O.K. I originally purchased this item in January and when it arrived, the lid did not fit at all. I emailed the vendor and they arranged to have a new one sent out immediately and it arrived today. Everything fits perfectly, the pot looks beautiful and best of all, since these things happen, the vendor stood behind thier product and made everything right. So, in addition to giving the La Chamba pot 5 stars, I would like to give Ancient Cookware 5 stars as well, because the quality of their customer service was worth at least that.
I purchased this item after watching videos of how it is hand-made, and I liked the organic purity and shape of it. I also own some cast-iron cookware. My understanding is that the clay cookware cannot be used "dry". It also cannot be exposed to sudden temperature changes, so I add the room temperature or cold water and start the soup. I sweat the onions and garlic in a cast iron skillet, not in the clay pot, according to the directions that came with it. I did not purchase a diffuser because I have a small cast iron skillet that it sits in while cooking over the (very low) gas flame. The skillet also works to catch any overspills. Doing it this way is the equivalent of a slow cooker, and the unglazed clay -- for some reason -- makes better tasting soups. I have no explanation for why suddenly I am loving the taste of my soups more than before. The 2.5 quarts is a bit large for one serving for a single person. I was able to boil spaghetti noodles in the pot (pushed the...
This pot is very preety, OK quality and im happy using it knowing that its not releasing any harmful toxins in my food. The only complaint I have is,because it is a handmade product the lid doesnt fitnthe pot perfectly. You have to turn and turn until you find it fitting best; doesnt have a good seal once the lid is on. Also after about 6 uses it started to give off a smell when I cook in it and the bottom of the pot has turned bright red.
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