Reactive Green Terra Cotta Cazuelas – 6 Inches (4 Dishes)
- Dappled green glaze
- Made in Catalunya
- Great for tapas and snacks
- Food safe, lead free
- Size - 4 x 8 oz/1 cup
These beautiful cazuelas have a dappled green glaze and rustic sensibility. These terra cotta dishes are a great way to serve tapas like olives, cheese or sliced jamón. They can also be used in the oven to prepare seafood or other hot dishes, then carried to the table and served hot.
Our cazuelas have small handles added by hand - they call them “orejas” (ears) in Spain. The ‘reactive’ glaze becomes speckled when it is fired, creating a dappled appearance. All glazes are food safe and lead free.
The town of Breda in Catalunya has been a famous ceramics center since Roman times. The local clay has the perfect consistency for making sturdy terra cotta dishes that can retain heat.
Note: Never transition a cazuela from high heat to water or a cold surface as it could crack. Similarly, never place a cold cazuela on high heat. Always heat or cool cazuelas very slowly. Wash by hand.
How to Cure Your New Cazuela for Cooking:
If you are planning on cooking with your cazuela, you will need to soak and cure it using the following directions.
Soak the entire dish in water to cover for 12 hours. Drain and wipe dry. Rub the unglazed bottom with a cut clove of garlic (we are not sure how the garlic works, but why argue with tradition?) Fill the dish with water to 1/2 inch below the rim, then add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Place the dish on a flame-tamer over low heat and slowly bring the water to a boil (no flame tamer? Crumple a sheet of aluminum foil and create a ring that you place over your burner to create about an inch of space between the heat and the cazuela).
Let the liquid boil down until only about 1/2 cup remains. Cool slowly and wash. Your cazuela is ready for use - the garlic has created a seal. This technique has been used since the Middle Ages. It seasons the pot, kills bacteria and hardens the unglazed parts.
Especially if you intend to use the cazuela to cook strongly flavored fish or seafood, after soaking, rub the inside of the base with olive oil and put into a preheated 300 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours. Turn off the heat and let cool. Either method will strengthen your cazuela.
To clean, soak in sudsy water and scrub with a soft brush to remove any hardened food.
If you have not used the cazuela for an extended period of time, you may need to re-cure it before use.