- Ideal for toasting tortillas or roasting chillies
- Handcrafted in the village of La Chamba, Colombia
- Made with natural, locally mined clays
- Lead free - Hand wash
- Safe for stove top, oven, grill or microwave use
- Size - 13 x 12 x 1.5 inches
Warm your tortillas, toast your quesadillas to a deep, crisp gold or roast chillies and tomatillos on this handmade, clay comal. Its concave shape heats food evenly and roasts fruits and vegetables to perfection! Comals are also traditionally used for toasting spices and seeds.
An ancient cooking tool that has been employed for centuries, the comal was customarily used to prepare food over an open fire. Though modern comals are sometimes made of iron or aluminum, clay comals are still treasured for their versatility and distribution of heat. This keepsake kitchen tool will age with you, becoming seasoned over time and permeating food with a rich, unique flavor. The concave shape makes the comal ideal for use on gas burners though it is also safe for the oven, grill or microwave.
La Chamba cookware is made exclusively by hand in La Chamba, Colombia where the origins of the craft can be traced back over 700 years. From the banks of the Magdalena River in Central Colombia, local clays and a painstaking process are the secrets behind this distinctive, elegant yet practical cookware.
Local artisans hand burnish each piece with semiprecious stones until the surface is uniform before firing it for 3 hours. Saw dust, rice husks and other natural materials are added to the furnace and the resulting smoke gives the pottery the black color that characterizes La Chamba dishes. Because no glazes are used, the dishes are entirely toxin free. Due to its handmade nature, each piece is distinctive and will vary slightly.
Caring for La Chamba Cookware
Before using your clay La Chamba cookware for the first time, the piece should be cured to seal the pores. Fill the dish with water 3/4 of the way to the top and place it in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes. Over time, you will notice changes in color to the cookware, which is normal due to exposure to the heat source.
Hand wash La Chamba cookware with warm soapy water and a sponge or soft cloth. A brief soak will help with heavily soiled cookware. Do not use a dishwasher or abrasive cleaners and do not soak the cookware for long periods of time.
Like any clay or glass cookware, avoid drastic changes in temperature. Let the pieces adjust to changes in heat slowly either on the stove or in the oven. Likewise, do not place hot dishes on cold surfaces.