• COLOURED SALTA POT
  • COLOURED SALTA POT
  • COLOURED SALTA POT
  • COLOURED SALTA POT
  • COLOURED SALTA POT
  • COLOURED SALTA POT

COLOURED SALTA POT

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The Salta pots are hand carved out of natural soapstone from the mountains of Razih in Sa’ada, Yemen. Perfect for cooking in as well as serving sizzling hot dishes. These pots are suitable for everyday use and last for a lifetime. Read the care and usage instructions carefully.

Each piece is handmade with subtle, hand-painted decoration, expect small individual variations between each piece. 

  • Small pot: diameter 11cm, height 5cm
  • Large pot: diameter 18cm, height 6cm

Free UK shipping on orders over £200
Free shipping to Europe on orders over £250/€290

CARE

Handwash only. 

While soapstone pots can withstand extremely high temperatures (up to 1,000 degrees!) they are fragile and may crack if dropped, or if you put cold water on them while they’re hot. The pots will harden with time but, at least at the beginning, they need to be handled with care. 

USE

Before cooking, the stone pots need to be seasoned (rubbed with butter, oil or ghee)  which melts into the surface and will give them a black colour and smooth surface.

Soapstone pots can be used over a grill, in an oven or on a BBQ, they can withstand extremely high temperatures (up to 1,000 degrees, which is much hotter than you’d want to heat a copper pot).  

* Watch this video on how to season your pot.

SIZE
  • Small pot: diameter 11cm, height 5cm
  • Large pot: diameter 18cm, height 6cm
Christmas Shipping

Latest recommended order dates for Christmas 2021:

UK: 21st December
USA/Canada: 12th December
Central Europe: 15th December

EU Orders:

We know Brexit has caused uncertainty for our European customers. To lend a hand we are happy to reimburse our customers for any customs duties or taxes paid on orders arriving in Europe placed between the 1st and the 16th of December.

Shipping Terms:

We will aim to dispatch orders within 2-3 working days of purchase date but please be aware that we are a small team and delays can occur. We offer a single flat rate shipping option: tracked shipping with Royal Mail.

* For addresses in the UK, estimate shipping time is 2-3 business days.
* International shipping is available to all destinations. For all addresses outside the UK, estimate shipping time is 5-12 business days.
* ISHKAR is not responsible for customs duties or taxes on EU/international shipments, nor is it responsible for delays associated with the import process.

We offer free shipping for:

UK orders over £200
European orders over £250

Returns

 *Extended returns policy - Orders made from December the 1st can be returned until January the 5th.*

We will be happy to offer a full refund (excluding shipping) on items returned within 14 days of receipt of delivery. 

• Returned items must be unworn, unwashed and undamaged products purchased directly from ISHKAR.com.
• Proof of purchase is required.
• Photography prints are printed to order and are therefore not refundable.
• For defective, damaged or incorrect items, please notify us within five days of delivery in order to receive a refund/exchange.
• Email us at contact@ishkar.com to organise the return.  

Preorders explained

If an item is out of stock you are able to preorder the item, so that you're first in line when it's back. Once you have preordered an item the order should be shipped to you within three months. Often the order will arrive well within this three month period. Contact preorders@ishkar.com for more accurate information on when orders for this product are likely to be ready.

THE STORY

THE TRADITION

Soapstone has been carved into cooking utensils since antiquity. It is the perfect material due to its malleability and the way it absorbs heat. These cooking pots, or maglas, are an essential part of any Yemeni household. They are used to cook traditional dishes like and foul, where they are served straight from the sizzling pot. 

BUILT TO LAST

Yemeni pots are carved by hand, using adzes and files. The pots are about one-quarter inch thick, as opposed to European and South American stoneware which  is usually at least half an inch thick. Counter-intuitively, this makes the pots more durable on the fire. Food science writer Harold McGee points out that heat spreads slowly through stone, so thinner pieces suffer less stress and warping on the fire. As they’re carved from a single piece of rock, a soapstone pot does not have an in-built handle, the way pottery or a metal utensil can. Instead Yemeni maglas have a triangular ridge, making them easier to use. 

THE MATERIAL

Our stone pots are not to be confused with stoneware, which is a kind of clay fired at high temperature. These pots are actually carved out of a single block of natural soapstone. Soapstone is heavy and dense, but gets its name from its soft smooth feel. Soapstone retains heat for hours and cooks with remarkable evenness.Each piece is unique, with beautiful natural grain with a speckled texture, that changes colour with use. The raw soapstone is a bluish grey colour that gradually darkens to a charcoal black. 

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