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Yogurt: Miriam’s Unglazed Clay Pot vs. Pyrex

Video — Yogurt making demo, find out what type of cookware I prefer and why.

Miriams Earthen Cookware review

About clay pots – minute 0
Making yogurt – minute 5:37
Conclusion – minute 7:55

Summary/partial transcript

Properties of Miriam’s Clay Pots and Their Effect on Yogurt


Properties1
NotesHealthier, stronger
bacteria = more probiotic yogurt
Better flavor2
Porous Allows more oxygen to get to the yogurt bacteria.
Allows water in the yogurt to evaporate 3
YesYes
Alkalizing Creates a better environment for the yogurt bacteria.
Makes yogurt sweeter, not so sour.
YesYes
Non-toxic 4
Carefully selects where clay is from, lab tests the clay for common heavy metals, and uses no additives when making the pots.
If you want to test your current cookware for toxicity, Miriam suggests a simple home test.5

YesYes

1 Pots are unglazed and made from 100% primary clay (pure clay) without using additives

2 Yogurt flavor continues to improve under refrigeration for 4-7 days

3 Water evaporates because the temperature outside the pot is warmer than inside the pot

4 What’s in your MEC clay? Test Results

5 Test what’s leaching from your pot: The Alkaline Baking soda Test

Advise

Most important — get the pot well seasoned!

You should do the seasoning process when you first get your pot. It’s easy and takes about 15 minutes of hands-on time. Then, the more you use your pot, the more seasoned it becomes. In a few uses, you’ll appreciate how non-stick it is.

With cast iron cookware, it’s possible to get rust. With clay, it’s possible to get mold. However, if the pot is seasoned and you store it correctly, mold probably won’t be an issue. If it is, you just clean the pot and then heat it on the stove on low until the top rim is hot.

Technically, if you’re using your pot for just yogurt, seasoning isn’t necessary. The yogurt making process will slowly season the pot. However, because seasoning is easy, and it gets your pot off to a jump start, I recommend it.
Find the right scrubber.

It needs to be a dedicated “clay” scrubber. You don’t want to use the scrubber you put dish soap on for porous clay. These are some of my favorites — dish brush, veggie scrubber, or an all natural loofah. The scrubber can’t be too harsh, else it will scratch the surface of the clay.

Miriam says natural materials clean clay slightly better then synthetic. I think that’s true, but I like how flexible my nylon veggie scrubber is. Experiment to see what works best for you.

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