The Clay German Cookware For Perfectly Juicy Roast Chicken

We almost always look at innovation in the kitchen, using new silicone tools and advanced technology like non-stick utensils as "better" than previously invented equipment. However, history is not a linear line of progression, and not every step forward is inherently better than the step before it. Sometimes, the oldest, and most basic cooking techniques and tools are what create the best culinary experiences, and one of the most incredible cooking tools that has been overlooked in modern kitchens is the Römertopf.

The Römertopf probably isn't as familiar a term to you as things like baking sheets and crock pots, but it should be. The concept of a clay baking dish is old and has been used for thousands of years, but according to Ezine Articles, the Römertopf was launched by Bay Keramik in 1966 who sold them throughout Germany, making them a staple household item. The clay baking dishes are notable for their outstanding ability to keep food moist, juicy, and flavorful. Because of their ability to lock in liquids and bake items without drying them out, the Römertopfs is lauded as one of the best ways to make a roast chicken.

Ancient methods still work!

The Römertopf may be your new favorite baking dish. SF Gate says that during the cold winter months when all you want is warm hearty food, the Römertopf is the way to go. Why? Well, the Römertopf is just a clay pot, one that even the Romans were known to use (which is where this German innovation got its name). You need not bring the olive oil out of the pantry nor the butter out of the fridge when whipping up dinner in the Römertopf.

There are two kinds of Römertopfs, glazed and unglazed. My Turn For Us tells us that the Römertopf is the perfect thing to use when making roast chicken, whether you use a glazed or unglazed dish (which requires a good 30-minute soak in water before use), Römertopf will turn out the juiciest poultry you've ever tasted. According to Food & Wine, if you choose to use this Roman-inspired dish for roast chicken, you may want to choose one with a glazed bottom. This will keep your food from sticking to the base of the dish without the help of fats, and then you simply soak the lid of the dish before baking to lock in some much-needed moisture. Meats and veggies are extraordinarily delicious when baked in the Römertopf, and it's well worth the investment if you value healthy and high-quality meals.