Instructions for the Romertopf Clay Oven

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Instructions for the Romertopf Clay Oven
Romertopf Clay Ovens help you create savoury dishes in a single pot. (Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Whether you've lost the instructions packed with your Romertopf Clay Oven or never had them, knowing the ins and outs of using and caring for these popular terra cotta baking tools are critical to your success as a chef or chefette. Once you've properly prepared your clay oven for future meals, you'll enjoy the benefits of Romertopf cooking: more nutrients in your food, ease of preparation and health benefits that result from cooking without added fat.

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    Cleaning and Care Instructions for Romertopf Ovens

  1. 1

    Wash your Romertopf Clay Oven thoroughly in warm water if it's new. Don't use detergent, or you'll clog up the pores of the terra cotta clay.

  2. 2

    Soak the clay pot and lid in lukewarm water for a half-hour the first time you use it. In the future, you need to soak it for only 15 minutes before you cook a meal.

  3. 3

    Don't subject your Romertopf Clay Oven to sudden temperature fluctuations. Hot stoves, open flames and freezers subjecting the pot to extreme change can crack the clay. It's usually OK, though, to microwave food in a Romertopf.

  4. 4

    Adapt your recipes to your Romertopf oven. Increase the oven temperature to at least 204 degrees C to allow for the baking differences between metal, glass and clay vessels.

  5. 5

    Use a nylon scrubber and baking soda on tough stains, but for everyday cleaning, soak the pot in a solution of 3 tablespoons baking soda per litre of water and wipe out the vessel.

  6. 6

    Store your Romertopf pot and lid separately or you risk mould formation and a sour smell since the seal between the two can make the unit airtight.

    Cooking Instructions for Romertopf Clay Oven Meals

  1. 1

    Soak your Romertopf clay oven in tepid water for five to 10 minutes to allow the porous terra cotta clay to absorb the moisture. Pour out the water.

  2. 2

    Line your clay oven with parchment paper if you're preparing fish to cut down on the cooking smell. Parchment or foil will also keep bread or cake recipes from sticking to the clay.

  3. 3

    Place meat, fish or fowl into the Romertopf oven after trimming fat and/or skin. Add rice, potatoes, veggies, tomatoes or a gravy base if you wish, but extras aren't required to produce tender, savoury dishes.

  4. 4

    Slide the Romertopf roaster into the centre of a cold oven. The manufacturer warns against preheating the oven because the combination of an extreme temperature change and the wet pot can result in it cracking or shattering. Set the oven temperature to between 204 and 232 degrees Carenheit. Cook your meal for around 45 minutes. In most cases, the food will be ready to serve.

  5. 5

    Remove the lid of your Romertopf clay oven pot during the last 10 minutes of cook time if you want to brown the top of the food you're baking; for crisper dishes, increase that time interval.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid using strong-smelling spices when preparing your first two or three meals. Romertopf Clay Ovens absorb strong smells more easily when the clay is new.
  • Learn more about using your Romertopf by searching websites and bookstores for these company publications: "Consumer Guide Cook Book," "The Complete Guide to Claypot Cooking" and "The Good Health Low Fat, Low Sodium, Clay Pot Cook Book."

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