before use: Immerse your pot in water and soak it for 2 hours or overnight. Remove and dry it.
Please keep in mind when cooking in clay, the cookware does not like quick, extreme temperature changes. This is important to remember when you are beginning the cooking process in a clay pot, especially if your pot is new. When you start your cooking with clay pot, the process is opposite of what you would normally do with a metal pan.
heat diffuser for stove top is also recommended.