Clay pot and soaking
I often use a clay pot to bake my sourdough loaves and as per the instruction I soak the clay pot and lid and put into a cold oven and preheat to 240 C degrees. By the time the oven has come up to temperature I'm sure the soaked clay pot has well and truly evaporated. I then dangerously move my proofed loaf into the hot pot and bake.
So am I wasting my time soaking the pot... or is there still some benefit, or even necessity for soaking the clay pot?
For those that use clay pots what do you do?
I would also like to minimise the risk of collapsing loaf when transferring into the clay pot as it is necessary to preheat the clay pot and not put it straight into a hot oven.
Thanks for your help.