- Handmade by skilled artisans
- Traditional Roman design
- Useful handles
- Lead-free, food-safe
- Size - 112 oz - 14 cups
This is a traditional bowl of unparalleled quality designed for cooking and serving. The terra cotta vessel is classically proportioned with handles applied by hand.
You will find this extraordinary cazuela to be your best friend when you are cooking in the kitchen, trying to serve things at their peak when they are hot.
These unique cazuelas are made following the classical tradition of “refractory” clay: the potters blend tiny heat retaining pebbles into the terra cotta clay. When you bring to the table your piping hot casserole, stew or cocido, it stays hot for an amazing period of time! And when you serve your ice cold gazpacho or fresh fruit compote – it will stay chilled too.
It is made from the same source of clay from the foothills of the Pyrenees as has been used since Roman times! Villages throughout Spain have used this kind of cazuela from time immemorial! But it is more than romance – this is a beautiful and functional work horse.
A health note: No need to worry about the glaze on the cazuelas; it contains no lead and is perfectly safe for all applications. Ours is the only potter in Spain that uses photo-atomic analysis to assure that the products are cadmium-free and lead-free. The FDA requirement for a product being “lead-free” is one part per million (PPM). Our cazuelas have less than three hundredths (03) parts per million (PPM).
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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"I love it! As other people have said, it is large, hold a chicken and a few extras easily. The thing I find unique is due to the curved shape of the base the juices surround the base of the chicken, condensing into the perfect rich start of tomorrow's soup. Perhaps the clay helps with this as well. My best winter roasting friend."
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"the cazuela was much larger than i thought it would be. still it is beautiful and well made. it will hold a large chicken and potatoes with vegetables. i am giving this to my daughter and her family as im a single person this is much to big. love your products and going back to find a smaller one. "
"I just love it!"
"I have this Cazuela myself and use it all the time. Chicken comes out so moist. I like mine so much I bought this as a gift for my son's girlfriend who had dinner at my house and was so impressed with the Cazuela and the chicken I roasted in it. "
"I love cooking with the Rustic Roman Terra Cotta Cazuela. I got it a few days ago and started cooking right away with it. It has been wonderful. The food has a better taste than other pots, cooks to perfection. The cazuela keeps the heat well distributed so the food cooks evenly. I cleaned with baking soda instead of soap and it worked perfect. I highly recommend it. "
"Gorgeous bowl,bigger than I expected but I can use it for casserole, fruit, bread. Beautiful shape, very pleased with purchase"