How To Use a Clay Pot? Soak clay baker in water for 20'. Completely immerse both top & bottom.•Place food in baker & it's ready to go in the oven.Place your baker in a cold oven. Set the correct temperature and let the oven and baker heat up gradually.•When serving your meal, enhance the decor by leaving it in the handsomely embossed terra-cotta baker.•Avoid sudden tempechanges. When removing your baker from the oven keep it off of cold surfaces.