We have written many posts about what we sell and how we procure or make them… This post is to give you a clear idea of how each product will be when you receive them after you place an order. We will start of with soapstone cookware.
Except the soapstone curd jar, and lamps, vessels that are used for cooking will be seasoned when you receive them. Seasoning of a soapstone vessel is clearly explained in our blog. An unseasoned soapstone vessel will be light grey in color. A seasoned vessel will be blackish in color. It will be sticky when you receive it. The castor oil and turmeric powder application will make it sticky. This helps in keeping the vessels long lasting and easier to cook with. One needs to understand that this is a product made with rocks. And when we heat rocks, without seasoning them, it will lead to cracking. In order to prevent that, seasoning has to be done properly. We sell only seasoned soapstone vessels to make sure that each vessel can be used to the full extent as possible. Once you receive the vessel, kindly scrub clean with an iron scrub and any dish wash agent. Then dry with a cloth. Add some water the vessel and put it on the stove at low flame. Add a spoon of urad dal to the water and boil it. This will remove excess turmeric powder and castor oil that sticks to the vessel. It also helps eliminate any lingering smell of castor oil. This is the most traditional way of seasoning such cookware. The thickness of the castor oil makes it most suitable for stone cookware.
These blog posts are written to help you make the most out of the traditional vessels you buy from us. Thank you for keeping the art of traditional cooking alive and well..