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Section 12: FAQ

Food residues, exchanges between clay & food, about MEC, purchasing advise

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Section 11: Non cooking uses for a clay pot

Steam inhalation, water & food storage, sprouting, fermentation…

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Section 10: Possible problems with a clay pot and how to solve them

Cracks, burnt spots, mold, chips….

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Section 9: Occasional care for your MEC pot

Steam cleaning, oiling, lack of use…

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Section 8: Tips on preparing specific foods

Bone broth, beans, lentils, quick breads, seafood, teas, one-pot meals…

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Section 7: Easy cooking techniques you can do with MEC

Simple instructions for oil sauteing, stir frying, braising, steaming, boiling…

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Section 6: Avoiding cracks in your clay cooking pot

Uneven heat, extreme temperature changes & water logged pots

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Section 5: Caring for your clay cooking pot after use

Soaking, washing, drying & storing

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Section 4: Cooking basics for your MEC clay pot

Clay pot properties (far infrared heat, alkalizing, oxygenating, steam retention) and clay pot cooking advise

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Section 3: Ways to cook with clay pots: stove, oven, grill, sun oven, campfire…

Diffusers & heat settings

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*** Section 2: Initial seasoning & first few uses of your new MEC pot ***

A little more involved (and slightly better results) than Miriam’s quick start instructions

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Section 1: Overview of clay pot cooking

Advantages & disadvantages

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The Complete Guide to Nutritious Clay Pot Cooking – Using Miriam’s Earthen Cookware (MEC)

Why it cooks so well, how to best take advantage of it, how to avoid problems…

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Washington D.C. Area Resources

Groups Chesapeake BioDynamic Network (CBDN) Garden supplies purple mountain organics — takoma park, MD Farms forested — Bowie, MD Permaculture, forest agriculture P.A. Bowen Farmstead — Brandywine, Maryland Sharp’s at Waterford Farm — brooksville, MD Farm store, seedlings, tours Food stores Common Market co-op — frederick, MD Mayorga Organics — Rockville, md Fair trade, farmer direct coffee […]

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Books, Websites, Movies & More

Food Cooking with Clay – facebook group Cooking with clay over fire is one of the most delicious, easy and fun ways to produce good food, understand the basics of cooking and help preserve craftspeople and traditions. Cooking with Clay Facebook description Campaign for Real Milk Information on raw milk and how to source it. […]

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Sources for Equipment

Clay pots Miriam’s Earthen Cookware Best designed clay pots around, comes with instructions. Heat diffusers Simmer mat Miriam says this is the best all round heat diffuser. It is made of zero-carbon steel and is enameled. Bed Bath & Beyond or www.amazon.com Norpro Heat Diffuser For 5% of glass cooktop stoves a SimmerMat will not […]

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Sources for Food

Farms & farmers markets American Grassfed Association (AGA) Search for AGA approved producers certified according to strict standards. The Cornucopia Institute Web-based tools rating all certified organic brands of eggs, dairy products and other commodities. Separaties CAFO “organic” production from authentic organic practices. Demeter USA A directory of certified Biodynamic farms and brands. This directory […]

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Probiotic Capsules, Store Yogurts & Medicinal Yogurts – How do They Compare?

Homemade Heirloom Yogurt vs. Store Bought Heirloom yogurt (homemade) (1) Store yogurt (1) Probiotic capsules Shelf life + +++ +++++ Predictability of taste ++ +++++ N/A CFUs +++++ ++ ++++ Nbr of strains +++++ ++ +++ Colonizing strains? Some No No Can you know the strains? Not all Yes Yes Whole food benefits Yes No […]

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Prebiotics, Probiotics & Gut Health

Learn about a health terrain.

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Sprouting Seeds Using Unglazed Clay – It Can be Much Faster

Sprouting basics Chia pets When I was a kid, chia pets were popular — they were fun to grow. Many decades later, I look at chia pets differently — they are still fun to grow, but now I use the chia sprouts as a nutritious food. Why sprout The process of germination not only produces […]