Difficult to make a choice for your new Terracotta Tagine? We wrote this special buying guide Terracotta Tagine to help you, with the TOP10 of the best sales of the moment, tests, opinions… As in all our buying guides, we have done our best to help you choose the best Terracotta Tagine!
Our selection of terracotta tagines
Terracotta Tagine Buying Guide
The market offers a wide choice of models of terracotta tagine, the kitchen utensil of choice for followers of Moroccan cuisine. We have established a comprehensive buying guide, after testing and comparing it with major brands like Tefal. Also check out our Top 10 best tagine dishes in 2018.
Buying Guide: How Do I Pick the Best Terracotta Tagine?
Our tests on various models of tagine dishes have enabled us to compile this buying guide.
The best terracotta tagine is simply found among those made by Moroccan artisans. By opting for the copies that are flooding the market, you risk not enjoying the authentic tastes of your tagine recipe. We are mainly talking about these oriental flavors that will forever mark your palate. They are almost inaccessible with a simple paella pan, a wok, a saucepan, or even a couscoussier.
The terracotta tagine is also available in an electric version. Use the thermostat to adjust the heat, as needed for the simmered dish. Indeed, this kitchen utensil allows you to cook various foods, including tagine, couscous, or even a stew.
Note that the market also offers terracotta tagines which mainly serve as decoration. Most of the time, these bowls are glazed and decorated with various illustrations. On their cover, there are a number of holes dedicated to candles. Our test allowed us above all to establish that the varnishes used on this type of tagine are not suitable for consumption. A dish simmered with this container can even have a most dissuasive aftertaste.
Choosing the best terracotta tagine
We have carried out a whole series of tests and comparisons to help you find the best terracotta tagine. This approach enabled us to distinguish the selection criteria to be taken into account.
The thickness of the tagine dish
To adapt your terracotta tagine to all types of cooking equipment, make sure it is thick enough. This criterion gives it access to the oven (low heat), to gas (with heat diffuser), or even to electric hobs (with an induction relay disc).
Hole on the cover
When shopping for a terracotta tagine dish, choose between models with a hole in the lid and those with a classic lid. If you use spices, prefer these seconds to better retain the scent. The flavor of your meats and vegetables will only get better. To your cookbook!
Arabic cover or Berber cover
You will also have to choose between two models of tagine dishes. On the one hand, we have the Arabic tagine dish which has a conical lid. On the other hand, we have the Berber tajine dish, which mainly allows you to simmer a whole batch of tagine recipes.
What about glazed tagine dishes?
Recently, ranges of glazed terracotta tagines have appeared on the market. A coating that gives you a disconcerting ease of cleaning. It also enhances the waterproofness of terracotta, which saves you the tedious task of soaking your tagine dish in water before the first use. In addition, models from major brands like Tefal are coated with guaranteed lead-free varnishes. Stews with these containers do not pose a health risk.
What type of cooking equipment for a terracotta tagine?
The terracotta tagine has the practical aspect of being compatible with all hobs including induction. Here are the results of our tests and comparisons.
A terracotta tagine can be used on gas, as long as a heat diffuser is used. Above all, terracotta ensures even heat distribution, an element favorable to stewing or baking. You can also do without a pressure cooker for pre-cooking.
A must-have for fans of Moroccan cuisine, the tagine dish allows you to simmer your favorite menus like the pros, whether it is chicken tagine, fish tagine, kefta tagine, a confit. , or even lamb tagine. To avoid the taste of terracotta, add spices to your preparations.
This terracotta dish is also recommended for baking or stewing. In another era, women did use it on a brazier (kanoun) to make stews. This traditional oven has a hearth which receives the embers of hot coal, for cooking in the oven over low heat for about 90 minutes. The embers do deliver a low and steady temperature, which is essential for the taste and texture of tagine or other dishes simmered with the container.
Enamelled terracotta tajine models can also be used as an oven dish. Thanks to this well-processed raw material, you will be able to give the best flavors to your potato gratins. During a meal, you will immerse yourself in a real culinary journey to the depths of the Orient.
Better yet, you can use this oven dish on an electric or ceramic hob. However, consider using an induction relay disc to maintain the integrity of your terracotta tagine, as well as that of your hob.
Recommendation of specialists
To protect yourself from risk, consider submitting to the recommendations of pottery specialists. Before using for the first time, for example, it is best to soak this terracotta dish, along with its lid, in water for a minimum of 60 minutes. Then wipe it dry before brushing it with plenty of sunflower oil. The terracotta will absorb the latter, in order to gain more robustness, thus ensuring you a worry-free and long-lasting use.
Terracotta tagine vs couscoussier
The couscoussier and the tagine are two kitchen utensils typical of the Maghreb countries. To savor the authentic tastes and flavors of this dish, opt for the second. Our test allowed us to verify that the conical shape of the tagine ensures better vapor conservation. Baking or stewing will be better.
Terracotta dish vs Le Creuset tagine
A benchmark for cooking utensils dedicated to stewing, the Le Creuset brand offers a wide choice of high-end tagine dishes. They are given an optimal aesthetic rendering, with their ceramic cover and enamelled cast iron base. The finest of connoisseurs assimilate them to a real cast iron casserole dish, in reference to the ease of cleaning. An asset that allows them to compete with the terracotta tagine. Nevertheless, the latter remains the best suited for simmering Moroccan cuisine.
Last update: 2020-11-28 02:30:42