Mixteca Bean Pot

$ 75.00

Pre-Conquest design for gentle, even heating. Works right on a gas stove. 

Beans love the constant heat and the clever shape helps hold in moisture. 

From the beautiful Valley of Tehuacan, we offer these unique, hand made bean pots. 

Each piece is burnished by hand using quartz rocks that have been handed down through the generations. The gloss of each piece comes from the burnishing. No glaze is involved so there is no danger of lead in the pots.

The texture and patina of the piece will change over time. Exposure to heat, fire and food will only make it more beautiful. Even better, cooking beans in clay is almost magical. The slow, even heat and natural clay are considered the best way to cook beans. Ask a grandmother and she'll agree. 

The pots aren't perfect and aren't intended to be. Once you start cooking with clay, you may find you have a happy new addiction. They have a rustic charm and the wisdom of the ages behind them, but they shouldn't be washed in a machine and they will keep changing over the years. 

No curing or preparation is needed. While they are clay and susceptible to breakage when dropped, the real danger is placing a hot pot on a cold surface (or vice versa) or adding too cold a liquid to a boiling pot.

When cooking, start with a low flame and gently raise the heat as needed. Cook directly over a gas flame. Many people successfully use the pot on an electric range but we recommend gas. You can also use the pieces when you barbecue. They only look better the more you use them.

Wash with warm water and if needed, a gentle dish washing liquid.

Because the clay is porous and there's no glaze, it's best not to use a dishwasher.

Please note: The Mixteca Bean Pot will ship in a separate box from other items in your order.

The Magic of Cooking Beans in a Clay Pot from Steve Sando on Vimeo.



These items are the results of our two companies working together to help small farmers and producers continue to grow their indigenous products in Mexico, despite international trade policies that seem to discourage genetic diversity and local food traditions. More information. 
Product of Mexico. Produced in Mexico under the supervision of the Rancho Gordo-Xoxoc Project.



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