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Lead Free Cooking With MEC Pots

MEC clay pot review.

Cook Lead Free With A Pot From Miriam's Earthen Cookware.

(Please note: I received this pot complimentary of Miriam's Earthen Cookware for review.  While the pot itself was complimentary, I paid for all shipping costs associated with buying an MEC pot.)

We live in a day where it feels like almost everything is making us sick.  Disease rates in industrialized nations are sky high.  Very sadly, even our food can be a source of disease.

If you are interested in learning more about how to eat healthy, cure yourself of diseases, and lose excess weight, I recommend you check out these two books: What The Health and Proteinaholic. These books have taught me how to eat to stay healthy and out of the doctor's office.  These two books have also taught me what specific food to avoid to dramatically reduce the occurrence of UTIs, something you know I have struggled with for many years if you read The Makeup Equation.  (See my post, How to Get Rid of UTI Infections Fast Without Antibiotics, to read about my struggles with UTIs).

If you are interested in learning more about a type of cookware that won't leach lead into your food while it cooks, please keep reading!

Fall is just around the corner, and with that beautiful crisp fall air, comes those delicious, slow cooked, hot meals.   The last thing anyone wants is to hear that their slowly cooked meals contain heavy metals that can be making them sick.  After researching different types of cookware used to slowly cook food, I decided to try out Miriam's Earthen Cookware (MEC). 

MEC states on their website that their mission is to provide "A 100% healthy and green alternative to cooking that has no metals, toxins, or other chemical contaminants".  They further state that "All MEC pots and pans are handcrafted in the USA from 100% natural, tested clay".  They go on to say that their "clay is certified to have NO LEAD, CADMIUM, TOXINS, or HEAVY METALS.  No additives or glazes are used in the making".  It's hard to find cookware that comes with those claims.  Needless to say, I was really excited to try them out!

I received the MEC Medium Pot, which can hold 2.5 quarts, equal to 10 cups.  

Here is what the Medium MEC pot looked like:

I had been a little worried about the clay pot breaking or chipping during the shipping and transport process, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was carefully packed and padded very well.  The pot arrived in good condition, with no cracks or dents whatsoever.

Here is what the pot looked like up close:

As you can see, there were slight markings and small imperfections on some areas of the pot.  This is simply because the pot was handmade and not mass manufactured.  This means every pot will be unique and have its own unique markings on it, something I think is actually pretty neat.  The pot was in good condition and had no defects that would prevent use.

My MEC pot came with two helpful pamphlets, one of which said  "Read Me 1st" on it.  In this pamphlet, MEC gives detailed instructions on how to get started using and cleaning your pot.

Firstly, you will need to season your pot before you begin to cook with it.  Seasoning it is very easy, and involves just a few simple steps of washing it all over and cooking a simple mixture of water, flour, and oil in it.  Here I am doing this below:

The pamphlet also discusses how to cook food in your clay pot.  It stresses that you should never cook with the pot on HIGH heat, only low or medium. Also, you want to warm the pot up slowly.  Try cooking on low for about five minutes, then move to medium.  The pamphlet also mentions that using a heat diffuser is a MUST when cooking on top of an electric stove.  Luckily, I have a gas stove, so I did not need to get a diffuser right away, though I still may get one in the future as it is recommended for use in a slow cooker if you use your MEC pot as the insert - their pots fit certain slow cooker brands!  The pamphlet also warns not to change the overall temperature of the pot too quickly from hot to cold, such as taking it off the stove and putting it in the fridge.  You need to let it sit on the stove and cool down for a while.

I decided to cook a simple meal that I have eaten hundreds of times in my MEC pot.  The reason I decided to do this is because I am extremely familiar with how this dish tastes in my non-stick metal pots, so I would be able to very easily tell a difference in the taste.  The meal I decided to cook was rice and potatoes.

Here are a few pictures of me toasting the rice and onions in oil, and then cooking the rice, onions, and potatoes:

Here is a picture of my dinner plate and the final result of my rice and potatoes:

(That red stuff on my rice is hot sauce.  I love hot sauce and it is very healthy for you!  See my post, 5 Reasons Why You Really Should Put Hot Sauce on Everything.) 

The rice and potatoes were tasty and I do think that I noticed a difference in their taste.  The rice and potatoes that I cooked in my MEC pot lacked a certain slight bad aftertaste that my old, non-stick metal pots always gave them.  The rice and potatoes cooked in MEC tasted fresher and more flavorful.  I was also pretty happy to know that I was enjoying lead-free food, woohoo!!

Here are my final thoughts on MEC: 

I like MEC's clay pots, and I like the taste they gave my food.  My food tasted more flavorful and tastier than it normally did. 

That said, MEC pots WILL require more time and attention from you when cooking with them.  You must be careful not to hit them against things or drop them, and you must be careful not to change their temperature too quickly - i.e. from hot stove to cold fridge - because any of these things will crack them and cause them to leak.  Because MEC pots do absorb what is in them, especially liquids, you will want to wash your MEC pots with baking soda and a metal scrubber, not dish soap.

I think that MEC clay pots can be classified as overall more of a slow-cooker pot, because you cannot use high heat with them.  Slow cooking is not a bad thing, in fact it's kind of a great thing, because it preserves the integrity of the food, keeps water-soluble nutrients inside, and makes food more flavorful.  However, you must know that you will not be ale to whip up your food in sheer minutes using an MEC pot.  This is why I say that MEC pots should definitely be thought of as a healthy, slow cooker pot.  I plan to make more rice, as well as beans, soups, and of course, on of my faves, mashed potatoes, in my MEC pot.

And lastly, am I an affiliate?  No, at this time, I am not currently an affiliate.  I will explore becoming an affiliate once I have cooked with my MEC clay pot regularly for a few months.

If you are interested in the topics of health, diet, and weight, you may enjoy these two other posts that I wrote:  11 Skinny People Habits That Keep Me Thin and 4 Fastest Ways to Lose Weight For the New Year.  

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