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Baking Bread in Flower Pot - does it stink?

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Lausa

Baking Bread in Flower Pot - does it stink?

Hi, I've been baking bread at home for a year or so now, in a Creuset, & everything is quite fine & fun.

Lately I bought a flower pot at an hardware store, good size, clay or terracotta I don't know, but it is unglazed, & so as I read on the net, I washed it in water, oiled it & bake & oil & bake again a couple of times, until it looks quite ready to use. It went quite fine. I've baked together one miche in the Creuset & one in the flower pot turned upside down. To the eye, they are twins. But during baking, an awful smell embalmed the apartment! Will it always be like that? Did a bought a cheap clay pot? Or was the oil the problem? I've used canola oil - maybe too much?

And I must say, compared to the Creuset one, the flower pot miche tastes funny. Should I stop eating it? Birds around will be happy I guess.

David, in a smelly fog.

 

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SCruz

Wondering why, if you already use the creuset, you bother with the flower pot? There are different opinions about what might or might not be emitted from nonfood utensils in hot ovens.

If you want to invert something over the bread instead of using a dutch oven, a stainless steel bowl from Goodwill is a safe and inexpensive alternative.

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Lausa

Well, first flower pots are inexpensive. And I sometimes bake bread for friends & friends of friends, small contracts. I've manage to find some heavy pots & whatsnot in flea markets, but that means different shape of bread everytime, & different cooking time, etc. The flower pot I have, 4 of them would fit perfectly in the oven, i.e. 4 exactly the same loaves in one bake.

Second, I've read somewhere that clay & terracotta keep a trace, smell & taste of what you're cooking. The more you cook, the better  & deeper the food will taste. This might not be true, but who knows. I liked the idea.

Thanks for the stainless bowl idea though. But what I really wanted to know is if this bad smell story ever happened to anyone on TFL... Does it stop smelling after awhile?

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Laurentius

Cure the flower pot as you would a cast iron pot in the over  for about an hour at a high temperture to burn off whatever residue that is, then it should be fine.

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trailrunner

Canola (rapeseed) oil is rich in the Omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which gives it the slightly fishy smell. I never ever use it. I know some folks say they can't smell it but due to its make up and my nose I stand by the fact that it stinks. I bet that is why you are getting the bad odor in your home. Get new pots and try using rice bran oil. It has no odor and is especially for high heat. c

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Lausa

Thanks Trailrunner! We're getting somewhere now. I'm gonna buy a new pot & try rice bran oil - never heard of it! Hopefully we can find it in Canada... Do you think I could get rid of the canola odor by just baking the pot alone for a good time?

Thanks again!

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Laurentius

You could place the pot in a pail of water and fill it with charcoal and it will leach the order out. If you get the same type of pot from the same store, they are probable from the same lot.