Wednesday, January 6, 2010

La Chambaware

La Chamba, nestled in the heart of Colombia near the active Ruiz volcano and Magdalena River, has for generations produced some of the world’s finest handmade clay cookware. The large deposits of sandy volcanic clay, that surround the village, provide exceptionally thermal shock resistant pottery. La Chamba cookware is burnished before firing to create a smooth sealed surface without the use of glazes. All cookware is black in color due to the final step in the firing process, “smoking”, where the white hot clay is smothered with dried leaves and covered, resulting in the darker pigment.

This superb clay cookware is long lasting, durable and heat resilient allowing for use on the stove top, in the oven, and the microwave. Casseroles, deep dishes, bowl, plates and pans are available in a variety of sizes to accommodate any meal needs. Each piece is smooth to the touch and ready for use immediately.

Optional initial preparation before use suggests filling cookware ¾ with water and place in 400F oven for 30 mins.

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