Bring Back Panela De Barro From Brazil

Where to buy: Supermarket

Average price: Less than 20;


My DH just returned from a trip to Brazil with a Panela de Barro, a traditional clay cooking pot. I've never seen one before but a quick Google suggests it's a pretty ancient type of cooking vessel, so pretty Primal!

When proto-Brazilians first learned that many foodstuffs were improved, or even simply made edible, by the application of heat, they basically used two ways to apply that heat. Indirect exposure involved placing the food in some sort of fired clay container and heating the food in liquid inside the pot or pan. Even the most primitive tribes of Amerindians seem to have known the technique of firing clay to make ceramic products and to have learned that once fired, ceramics can be exposed to high levels of heat without damage.

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