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31 May, 2015

How To Season A Glazed CLAY Tagine Pot

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Depending on the type of tagine pot, there are different methods to season the pot. Here’s how to season a glazed CLAY tagine pot.

  1. Wash the glazed clay tagine pot in warm water (without soap)
  2. Soak the glazed clay tagine pot in cold water, leaving it completely submerged in water for at least an hour. Some people choose to do this overnight, but I left mine for a couple of hours. It will probably hiss at you for a while as the air in the clay is replaced by water
  3. Dry the water from the surface of the tagine and wipe it down with cooking oil. Traditionally olive oil is used, but I’m rather partial to rice bran oil
  4. Put the glazed clay tagine pot in a COLD oven and bake it for a couple of hours at 150C / 300F (heating a clay tagine rapidly will cause it to crack)
  5. Turn the oven off and allow the tagine pot to cool (cooling a clay tagine rapidly will cause it to crack)
  6. Wash the tagine with warm soapy water (washing a clay tagine in the dishwasher will… you guessed it… cause it to crack)
  7. Wipe the glazed clay tagine down with cooking oil again

Your glazed clay tagine is now seasoned and ready for use or storage. Once you’ve used your tagine, wash it with warm soapy water before wiping it down with cooking oil to season it ready for next use.

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