Cazuelas de Barro
The party begins with a huge cazuela for your best moles and chile sauces.
(Beans not included. The bag is shown for perspective.)
From the beautiful Valley of Tehuacan, we offer these unique, handmade cazuelas. Shape and size with vary, but most are approximately 14 inches across and 7.5 inches tall.
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 moles.
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.
Some things to consider: These clay pots are handmade, and there will be variances in the size, finishes, and capacity. Clay can last for years, but it's also fragile, and it's unlikely you'll be passing this down as an heirloom. Clay pots tolerate many situations, but extreme temperature changes make them the most vulnerable. The pot was designed for use on a pronged grate with a gas stove. The bottom is somewhat rounded and can be slightly wobbly on a flat surface.
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. You can also use the pieces when you barbecue. They only look better the more you use them. An electric range is not recommended; if you are determined to try it, you will need a heat diffuser.
Wash with warm water and, if needed, a gentle dishwashing liquid.
Because the clay is porous and there's no glaze, it's best not to use a dishwasher.
Rancho Gordo-Xoxoc Project
These items are the results of our two companies working together since 2008 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.
Product of Mexico. Produced in Mexico under the supervision of the Rancho Gordo-Xoxoc Project.