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Exceptional Terra Cotta Cazuelas

These classic rustic refractory clay cazuelas are only made in the area near Breda, in Catalunya. The secret to the exceptional quality of these remarkable cooking products the special clay of the region, coveted by potters since Roman times. It comes from the Pyrenean foothills where the local artisans follow the Roman custom of adding very fine pebbles to this traditional clay thereby producing refractory clay.

Stack of rustic terra cotta cazuelasThe potters fire the dishes and cookware at a temperature that is higher than is normal for terra cotta production. The antique design cazuelas feature hand shaped handles which the potters manually attach to each cazuela before firing - in contrast to the mechanically produced cazuelas with cast handles.

After the initial firing, the artisans remove the items from the oven and leave them out to cool completely (about 24 hours, more or less). Finally, the potters hand dip each item in a food safe glaze and re-fire them. The finished product is an authentic rustic traditional cazuela.

Cazuelas are used for cooking and serving food, as they have been for millenia. Follow the link below to find out how to prepare your cazuela for use on the stove or oven.

A health note: our producer is the only manufacturer in Spain, which for quality control, uses photo-atomic analysis to assure that the products are cadmium-free and lead-free. The FDA requirement for a product being lead-free is one part per million (PPM). Our cazuelas have less than three hundredths (03) parts per million (PPM).


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"Can cazuelas be used on a charcoal grill?"
June 2013

"Yes, cazuelas can be used on a charcoal grill. The keys are to make sure they are cured properly first, and to avoid rapid changes in temperature which can cause the clay to crack. You can find curing instructions at this address: http://www.tienda.com/reference/cazuelacure.html"

"I have a beautiful cobalt blue lidded cazuela, which is fully glazed. I cured it as required and I used it a few times, soaking it half an hour before use. One day my wife used it and it cracked on the inside lower bottom curve. Can it still be used? Thank you. Emanuel."
November 2016

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