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Are you using a terracotta baking dish when using your outdoor wood-fired oven?  If not, you need to consider adding these clay baking dishes to your collection!

Hazards of Baking Dishes

Unfortunately, not all kitchenware can be used in all ovens. The heat that pizza ovens produce is too high for most baking dishes to handle, which may lead to dangerous health hazards for you and your family.  Using cookware that is not rated for such high temperatures can allow glass debris to get into your food or can produce unwanted chemicals.

Here's the deal...Nobody wants to expose their family to unhealthy materials!  So what is the solution?

In this blog, we’ll discuss the benefits of using ceramic baking dishes when you cook in your oven.  We’ll see how a clay baking dish can contribute to better food tastes and better health. We’ll make this short and simple!

Wood-Burning Oven Temperatures

Wood-burning ovens can reach high temperatures that traditional ovens cannot. Ceramic dishes can withstand these high temperatures without breaking. Despite the high temperatures of your wood-fired oven, ceramic baking dishes do not flake or release harmful toxins.  Ceramic dishes can also be used in your indoor kitchen oven.

The most important factor to remember when putting a ceramic dish into a high-temperature oven is the temperature of the ceramic dish.    If the dish is too cold, it will crack.  So, it's best to remove the dish from a refrigerator or let sit at room temperature for a while if you are putting in a really hot oven. 

Ceramic Baking Dishes Benefits

One benefit of using ceramic baking dishes is that they bring out the natural taste of your food. Ingredients like herbs and spices stand out in the dish because there is no need to add fat to cook your food. Instead of being drowned under the strong tastes of butter and olive oil, delicate flavors can stand for themselves.

But, there's more! Ceramic cookware also makes meats and vegetables juicer, by sealing in the liquids. It brings out the natural juice of the beef or even a simple fresh carrot.

There are a few other benefits to ceramic cookware, as well. It may take a little longer to heat up a ceramic dish, but it will retain the heat. This means your food is cooked evenly.

Ceramic dishes also ensure cleanliness. We often cook our pizzas by placing them on the floor of the oven. This is totally okay! However, for those who are sensitive to embers, ceramic dishes are a good option for keeping your food away from ash.

Also, ceramic does not scratch. This is good news to those of you who love scraping up that last bite of food. No worries of getting scolded for scratching Mom’s favorite pot!

And don't forget... Perhaps best of all, it’s easy to clean up. Who doesn’t like to take a break after cooking and eating, to let the food digest? With traditional cookware, food can get baked on, and it’s tempting to leave the dishes piled in the sink “to soak” overnight (we all know that’s code for “I’m too lazy to wash this right now”!). But with ceramic cookware, the food slides right off, no matter how burnt it got in your oven. There’s no reason to procrastinate, and cleanup is a breeze!

Last but not the least, it’s just healthier to use ceramic dishes compared to metallic cookware.  Even the best stainless steel cookware may not be good for you.  There are no metals or chemicals used in making ceramic dishes. Natural clay from the earth is used in making these dishes. So for those of you who worry about what you are putting into your body and the bodies of those you love, terracotta baking dishes are the best option!

Clay baking dishes have been part of cooking for generations. Time has proven that ceramic dishes are still the best to use for cooking, baking, or even grilling. Make this part of your kitchen today.

Check out our full collection of ceramic cookware!


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