La Chamba Colombian Clay Cookware

by Erica Dinho on August 13, 2013

La Chamba Colombian Clay Cookware

I am a huge fan of Clay pots (Ollas de Barro), like the one in the My Colombian Recipes logo. So, when I found La Chamba Colombian cookware here in the United States, I was very excited! I love cooking and serving my traditional Colombian dishes in Colombian clay cookware. These clay posts and dishes are pieces of kitchen art. You should have seen my excitement when I opened the box of clay cookware that I received from MyToque.com.

La Chamba Colombian Clay Cookware

After more than four years of blogging about traditional Colombian cuisine, I thought it would be appropriate to introduce you to La Chamba Colombian Clay Cookware.

La Chamba Colombian Clay Cookware

La Chamba Colombian Clay Cookware

Clay cookware is a traditional and popular tool in Colombian cuisine that can be used in the oven and microwave, on the grill and stove, and as a serving dish. They are used in homes and restaurants throughout Colombia. La Chamba is clay cookware handmade in the town La Chamba, in the department of Tolima-Colombia and is one of the most popular in Colombia for its quality and beautiful design. There is a lot of hard work that goes into making each and every piece of their clay cookware. You can read La Chamba’s story and learn about their products on MyToque.com.

La Chamba Colombian Clay Cookware

La Chamba Colombian Clay Cookware

What I love the most about Clay pots is that they retain heat very well and they are especially good for cooking beans, my grandmother always said that clay cookware gives a richer flavor to Colombian beans and soups.

La Chamba Colombian Clay Cookware

La Chamba Cookware is available in the United States on Toque Blanche online here and you can also follow them on Facebook.

La Chamba Colombian Clay Cookware

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1 Kit August 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM

I’m SO happy you posted this! When we were in Colombia I fell in love with this cookware, and wanted to bring it all home, the only problem is that we were in a different part of the country, and some of the people had made counterfeit pieces that they had colored with shoe polish. The vendors were all very honest about how they had done it, and were adamant that the pieces were for decoration only. We were to nervous to buy any because we were never sure if it was safe or not to eat off of.

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2 Nathalie Herling October 11, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I have never heard rumors or seen any usage of artisans in the village of La Chamba using shoe polish… in Oaxaca (not cookware) yes I heard this rumor. I do international clay cooking research and work with La Chamba artisans in Colombia and it is best to buy the highest grade of La Chamba so you get the best finishing of the surface. I cook in La Chamba daily and have become a bit of an expert in its uses. It is one of the best clay cookware I have used in the world. It holds up extremely well and cooks beautifully. Feel safe and enjoy how special Chamba is for cooking.
Another great resource for buysing Chamba is chambaclaycookware.com

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3 Erica Dinho October 12, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Thanks, Nathalie! I am going to check the site.

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4 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz August 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I am so curious to try these one day. You know I think I have never cooked in a clay pot so it would be a new experience, perhaps an eye opening one.

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5 Ivy August 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Love clay pots but these are really very elegant indeed!

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6 Belinda @zomppa August 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Those are gorgeous!! Love the color, everything about it. Does the fish come with it?

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7 Erica Dinho August 14, 2013 at 9:29 AM

No,Belinda!!!!But the recipe for the fish is coming this week ;-)

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8 Alan Bowman August 14, 2013 at 9:17 AM

One can’t serve ajiaco bogotano in anything else.

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9 Angie@Angie's Recipes August 14, 2013 at 9:24 AM

They are so chic!

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10 nusrat2010 August 14, 2013 at 3:03 PM

I’m fascinated to everything that is ethnic, authentic :) And its interesting to browse your blog as you never fail to mesmerize me :)

Thanks for the links…I’m seriously intrigues to order this dish :)

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11 Juliana August 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

So pretty these clay pots…
Hope you are having a great week Erica :D

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12 Chris August 18, 2013 at 11:43 AM

We love clayware too, we have a local couple that make all of our stuff. These are some great pieces that you have!

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13 Norma - Platanos, Mangoes and Me! September 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Guess who will be ordering. I love clay pots too and these are so beautiful…thanks fro the link.

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14 Nathalie Herling October 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I have found some excellent Chamba Cookware at chambaclaycookware.com
I do research in the village of La Chamba, Colombia and I find it very interesting the differences in Clay Oven fired Chamba and Gas oven (slightly stronger) Chamba. My understanding Chamba Clay Cookware has both.

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15 kathy curran July 14, 2014 at 7:55 PM

i’ve been trying to find out more about what to do with my new 8 quart chamba. i used it for the first time yesterday and made tomato sauce (gravy and meatballs if your from Jersey.) i thought i had to cook it slow and long, the meat fell apart it was over done. my question is is the cooking time in the chamba vs s.s. about the same and can you send me receipts so i have a better idea on how to get the most out of this very pretty black pot. it looked very impressive on my stove top. i love it already can you imagine when i actually start to cook everything in it. thank you Kathy

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