Each lidded pot is handcrafted from individual blocks of natural, non-toxic soapstone in Brazil where this method of cooking has been used for centuries. Cooking with stone is a sustainable way to reduce energy consumption. Its thickness and density retains heat twice as long as conventional metal cookware thereby reducing cooking time. The shiny copper handles and hardware contrast beautifully with the matte stone for a look that's equal portions modern, rustic and elegant.
Cure Before Initial Use To prepare your soapstone pieces for life-long use in your kitchen you must season or cure them with oil and heat. Once your soapstone cookware is seasoned, it will have a smooth non-stick finish.
Curing Soapstone Pots Before curing, wash with a sponge or brush in hot water only, and allow to dry thoroughly. To begin curing, amply grease all surfaces of your soapstone cookware with your choice of cooking oil. Use care in handling the oiled pieces. Set it in a warm location for 24 hours, until the oil is absorbed and the stone becomes almost dry.
After allowing the oil to absorb, fill the pot with water up to the line of the metal band. Put on the stove at low setting and gradually up to medium or medium-high to bring the water to a boil. Allow the water to boil uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the water return to room temperature on its own before draining. For an even deeper curing, repeat the above greasing, drying, heating and cooling process a second time.
Note: During the first few uses of your pot, turn up the heat only gradually.
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