Why are earthen pots back in trend ?

Why are earthen pots back in trend ?
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Historical background

Clay pots were used not only for cooking & storing purposes but also were one of the ancient forms of artistic and emotional expression. The symbols, drawings and illustrations on the pots reflected the moral, social, cultural, and economic conditions of those times.

What is earthen pot

From ancient times, our ancestors have been using earthen pots. It is one of the most ingenious inventions of the early humans. In different parts of the world, it was known by different names – terracotta , porcelain, bone china, and stoneware.
The pots are made by the mixing two types of mud clay: the first is taken from the surface of the earth and the second after digging more than 10 feet deeper into the earth. These pots are characterized by its property of plasticity (ability of a solid material to undergo permanent deformation, a non-reversible change of shape in response to applied forces)

Why did the earthen pots vanish out?

Throughout the course of time, tradition of using earthen pot declined as humans discovered metals and created alloys, using then to make tools and utensils. They learned that utensils made with metals could be reused unlike the earthen pots. Many centuries later, when the Industrial Revolution came about, the potters who made earthen pots had to discontinue their production as the demand for the earthen pots had totally subsided.

Benefits of using earthen pots

1. Earthen pots are porous in nature which helps in spreading the heat equally throughout dish while cooking.

2. They take longer than usual cooking time, at low temperature so retain the nutrients.

3. The most tempting part of earthen pot cooking is, they add an earthy flavor to your dish along with the blend of slow cooking.

4. Earthen pots retain the oil and give moisture to food so avoid the addition of unnecessary fat to make your food tastier.

5. Clay pots add many important nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and sulphur to food .

6. Clay pots are also used for storing dairy products for enhancing it’s flavor . Mishti dahi in earthen pot is very much in demand .

Drawback of using earthen pots

1. If the temperature changes too quickly, they can crack. So when cooking with them, we need to raise the temperature gradually.

2. Its transportation is a herculean task when we talk about large quantities, like importing to or exporting from one place to another.

3. Clay is prone to cracks when subjected to low temperatures.

4. Takes more time for cooking as clay is not a good conductor of heat.

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