Mediterranean Blue Terra Cotta Cazuela - 12.8 Inches$52.95$46.95
- Handmade at the foot of the Pyrenees
- Solid terra cotta with bright blue glaze
- For cooking and serving
- Large dish - more than 12 inches wide
- Food safe, lead free
- Size - 96 oz/12 cups
This beautiful rustic cazuela dish is perfect for preparing classic Spanish dishes or your favorite casserole. Each solid terra cotta cazuela has a durable blue glaze, and will add a beautiful burst of color to your kitchen.
Artisans craft these rustic dishes at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains, as they have for centuries. The hefty terra cotta retains heat, allowing for even cooking and preserving warmth even as your dish is served.
We find that cazuelas are our all around favorite in the kitchen, perfect for preparing hot dishes or as a serving dish for any kind of tapa or snack.
The glaze on the cazuela is perfectly safe for all applications - it contains no lead. As each piece is hand painted, the exact color may vary.
How to Cure Your New Cazuela for Cooking:
If you are planning on cooking with your cazuela, you will need to soak and cure it using the following directions.
Soak the entire dish in water to cover for 12 hours. Drain and wipe dry. Rub the unglazed bottom with a cut clove of garlic (we are not sure how the garlic works, but why argue with tradition?) Fill the dish with water to 1/2 inch below the rim, then add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Place the dish on a flame-tamer over low heat and slowly bring the water to a boil (no flame tamer? Crumple a sheet of aluminum foil and create a ring that you place over your burner to create about an inch of space between the heat and the cazuela).
Let the liquid boil down until only about 1/2 cup remains. Cool slowly and wash. Your cazuela is ready for use - the garlic has created a seal. This technique has been used since the Middle Ages. It seasons the pot, kills bacteria and hardens the unglazed parts.
Especially if you intend to use the cazuela to cook strong flavored fish or seafood, after soaking, rub the inside of the base with olive oil and put into a preheated 300 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours. Turn off the heat and let cool. Either method will strengthen your cazuela.
To clean, soak in sudsy water and scrub with a soft brush to remove any hardened food.
If you have not used the cazuela for an extended period of time, you may need to re-cure it before use.
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"Beautiful color, style and functional too! Love it :)"
Holly - Newark, OH October 2019
"I have 25 year old cazuelas I brought back from Barcelona still in use that I never had to go through this cure it yourself process......Everyone of these I have purchased cracks after just 1-3 uses. The clay used seems much lighter weight and appears have been fired at a lower temperature than my classic versions. Now that I see they are possibly replaceable I'll contact Customer Service and try again since no one else in the US seems to sell cazuelas and I cook in them once or twice a week, both indoors in oven, on the burner and even outdoors on our grill."
Dallas - Geyserville, CA October 2019
"I want to love this! My first one broke during seasoning, La Tienda shipped a 2nd one an it cracked after 6 mo. I followed instructions so so so carefully after the 1st cracked. I was so disappointed. Unless I just got a bad one, I would be careful with this dish. :("
Emily - Hyde Park, UT September 2018
"It was the first use and it broke along the rim, the bottom just separated from the sidewall. I only followed the care instruction that came with the cazuela. "
Kwan - Bronx May 2018
"Love these dishes-give them as gifts often "
Jackie - Winthrop, ME November 2016
"Wonderful addition and we plan to do some recipes from this are of Spain"
Warren - Dubuque, IA January 2016
"I love the ritual of curing the cazuela. Chinese cooking involves the use of clay pots as well, so the cazuela will be used for more than just Spanish dishes, though I do love making fabada. Also, making tapas has always been something I take great pride in, but now, I can really show them off. The blue complements my dishes and matches seamlessly with my pots. "
Sophia - Brooklyn, NY February 2015
"Have already used it for paella. Excellent."
Susan - Toronto, ON November 2014
Marcela - Sterling Heights, MI November 2014
"Well made, attractive and very functional. Ordering was simple, good price and delivered quickly in good shape. "
GEORGE - DELRAY BEACH, Florida October 2014