Mr Washy's claypot is glazed. This makes washing easy. It also does not absorb a lot of unpleasant smells. Apparently one should not wash unglazed claypot with soap. Scrubbing with salt is the best way to clean unglazed claypots.

Unglazed claypots (as above) are usually soaked in water for 10-15 minutes and then used on the stove or in the oven. The cooking system is rather sophisticated. The steam that is created from the wet clay steams the food in the pot. The steam does not leaves the pot due to the glazed cover. This create a steamy cooking environment like sauna, cooking the ingredients with steam and retaining all these flavors and juices.

Despite the earlier post, we have no problems with using our claypot on the stove. We have used a few claypots in different places we stayed and they never break from the direct fire from the stove, only when we drop it accidentally. Arggghhh!

So, to answer Mr Washy's question about his claypot, if it is useless... The answer is no, it isn't useless. Although he cannot soak it in water as it is glazed, he can still use it on his stove or oven as a slow cooker.

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