These pots are the real deal, they are not made of ceramic or earthenware, they are made from real stone and imported from Korea. Carved from a single block of stone, they are totally natural and contain no toxic materials. The pot is of the highest quality with metal bands both at the top and the bottom of the pot for extra support.
The Stone Pot retains heat beautifully and does not cool off as soon as removed from the stove, in fact, the rice continues to cook and arrives at the table still sizzling. The pot can be put directly on a stovetop (electric, glass or gas) or over an open flame .and is great for making soup, stew (jjigae), rice or dices such as bibimbap or kimchi fried rice.
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In their natural state, these pots are light in color, however they need to be cured before its first use which will cause it to turn a darker shade of grey, but still maintain their beautiful stone pattern resembling granite.
Since they are made of natural stone, they can vary in color and hue from each other depending to the exact composition of the minerals in the stone, and therefore making each piece unique.
As with most handmade products by artisans around the world, the pieces may have slight imperfections in the form or finish of the materials, however, these imperfection do not compromise the aesthetics or functionality of the pieces and are considered normal and to be expected.
These pots are quite sturdy and due to the natural stone, they conserve and conduct heat very well. The pots can be heated on the stovetop (gas, electric, or glass), over fire, or can be put in an oven. Due to the metal band, DO NOT use the pot in a microwave.
Do not submit the pots to drastic temperature changes. Allow the pots to adjust slowly to heat, heating them slowly until they are hot, either on the stove or in the oven. Likewise, you should also allow the pieces to adjust to room temperature before washing or storing them, and never sit a hot pot on a cold surface such as granite or tile.
The pot can get very hot and retain heat for a long period of time, so be careful in handling a hot pot, and always place the pot on a trivet to prevent damage to any surface.
For cleaning, avoid using the dishwasher, hand washing is recommended by adding coarse salt and boiling water, and use hard bristles brush to scrub the pot. If it is heavily soiled, you can also fill the pot with warm, soapy water, and allow it to soak briefly before washing, then scrubbing lightly with a sponge or soft cloth. Avoid strongly scented soaps or all together since soap can impart a flavor the stone. Make sure the pots are thoroughly dry before storing, and give them a coating of sesame oil on the inside.
Since the pot is made of natural stone, sometimes cracks can develop with use, however these cracks do not necessarily render the pot useless. If these cracks appear, fill the bowl with broth and begin heating the bowl until it boils. It might leak a bit, however, after a while the crack should seal and you should be able to use it again. Obviously if the crack is too large, you will need to replace the pot.
The stone pot needs to be cured the first time before it is used. Start the process by scrubbing the pot thoroughly with water making sure to get rid of any residual dust from the manufacturing process. Fill the pot with rice water, which is the white water that results after washing rice and heat it on the stovetop on a low medium heat, gradually increasing the temperature and simmer for 10 minutes. When cool, empty out the water and rinse it again. Blot the pot dry with a dishcloth or paper towel, the pot will naturally absorb the remaining water and dry on its own after a few minutes. When dry, wipe the bowl with a generous amount of edible oil (preferably sesame) with a paper towel or pastry brush on the inside of the pot until it stops absorbing the oil and leave overnight. The following day, wipe off any excess, rinse it thoroughly, and your pot is now ready to use.
Please note that the coloration will change after curing.
Dolsot Bibimbop 돌솥 비빔밥
Nothing says more Korean than a well made bowl of Bibimbop. It's crunchy rice will surely captivate you and a great way to us our Korean Stone Bowls.