Clay jug or "botijo". It can hold 2 liters and a half of water. This kind of white coloured clay can only be found in the Eastern part of the Iberian Península. In order to cool water, the botijos must not be glazed or painted in any way, for it closes the pores of the jug. Winter botijos are usually glazed or partly glazed.
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|Measures||Diameter: 60 cm / Height: 30 cm|
|Made of||White clay|
This particular kind of botijo is known as "botijo Santander", because it was the one Cantabrian fishermen prefered due to its wider base. It had more stability to stand the rolling waves. The botijo "Valencia" is taller and has a narrow base because it must not face the sea.
If you intent to use it, there is a way to "cure" the botijo to eliminate the taste of clay. You must fill it up with fresh drinking water and add a short jet of anise. Let it rest 24 hours and empty the botijo. Repeat this procedure three times around. the fourth day, fill it up with water and let it rest 12 hours. If water still tastes like clay, repeat the "cure" with the anise jet and the water a couple of days more.
Other important details to have in mind are that once you fill up the botijo with watter, its white colour will go forever and the resulting colour will be a greyish white. Notice that the botijo actually "sweats" through its pores to cool the watter inside, and that sometimes it looses between 5% or 10% of ist content, so it should be placed on a soup dish so that it does not wet the floor. If a botijo does not sweat that means that its pores are closed and that it is not working anymore. Botijos are made to be used outdoors in extreme conditions of heat; the loss of water is never a problem when you are in the fields with 40 degrees of temperature.
Note: botijos are made to contain and cool water, not to contain other kind of liquids. To use it without getting an unexpected shower may be tricky the first time you try it, but carry on and don´t be discouraged.
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