Before using your Romertopf Clay Baker for the very first time, rinse and lightly scrub with a brush to remove any clay dust particles which may still be attached as a result of the manufacturing process.
The Romertopf Clay Bakers imported from Germany (all models sold in our store) have a glazed interior bottom, therefore you only need to soak the lid in tap water for about 15 minutes prior to each use. NOTE: The RECO Romertopf Clay Bakers (now discontinued) have an unglazed base and lid, therefore both the top and bottom need to be soaked in tap water for 15 minutes prior to each use. Romertopf Clay Bread Bakers are universal and do not need to be soaked prior to use.
Cooking in your clay baker couldn't be easier, however, there are a few things that must be done every time you cook in your Romertopf.
Before every use, soak the clay baker lid for 15 minutes in water. If you are short on time, holding the lid under running cold water for about 30 seconds is sufficient for the pores to hold water.
Place ingredients inside base of clay baker
Always place your baker in a cold oven.
Set the oven temperature after the clay baker has been placed in cold oven to allow the baker to heat up gradually. Most recipes can be prepared at an oven temperature of around 375-500 degrees Fahrenheit. Generally, lower temperatures (between 375-425 degrees Fahrenheit) are ideal for meals requiring a long cooking time, while higher temperatures (425 and up) are for meals that require a short cooking time.
Go relax while your clay baker prepares your meal to perfection! (optional, but highly recommended!)
Do not subject your clay baker to extreme temperature changes such as putting in cold water or on a cold surface (such as marble) straight from the oven. Place the clay baker on a hot pad or wooden cutting board to avoid drastic temperature changes.
Romertopf Clay Bakers are designed for oven use and are also microwave safe, however they are not for use on an open flame, stovetop or grill.
Note that Earthenware made from Natural Clay may have subtle variances in color and texture. These variations make your Romertopf Clay Pot unique and in no way effects its performance.
Romertopf and the Microwave
The Romertopf Clay Baker is primarily designed for oven use where it gives you the most delicious gourmet dishes you've ever dreamed of, however the Romertopf is ideally suited for the microwave as well and will actually improve your cooking results.
Microwave Use: Soak the Romertopf in the usual manner and then follow the instructions given by the manufacturer of the microwave oven for setting and timing. A good starting point is 15 minutes on low and 5 minutes high for each pound of meat you are cooking, assuming the meat is at room temperature. Add more cooking time if you have lots of vegetables.
You will find the Romertopf will get warm in the microwave oven. This is NOT due to any metal content. This is caused by the water absorbed by the clay baker heating up during the cooking process. The moisture will make your food more tender and succulent, thereby improving its flavor.
Please note that because microwaves vary to such a degree, it is impossible to state any rules for converting recipes for the microwave. We recommend using the oven manufacturers guidelines of cooking times. You may be interested in purchasing Cook in Clay the Microwave Way which provides a variety of easy and delicious clay pot recipes specifically written for microwave clay pot cooking.