I purchased a Romertopf 111 cooker at an estate sale over the weekend for $2.00. How do I clean it before using it...it looks like it has been used, but also has a lot of "gunk" in it. Can I put it in the dishwasher? What about cleaning it with bleach? I don't think soaking it in a bleach solution is a good idea...but as I don't know where it's been or what's been in it...I want to clean it really, really, really good! (The house the estate sale was in was none too clean!!!) I hate to ruin it in the cleaning process.
Thanks, Edens, for the link...I think I will start with the dishwasher with no soap, then try one of the other suggestions if I still have doubts about how clean (or not) it is...I'm afraid even the vinegar might flavor whatever is cooked in the as the article said about soap. Perhaps the heat of the oven will kill any little beasties that might be lurking in the pores!!!!!
Texasbelle, I just wash mine well with plenty of hot water and something like a dobie pad or other nylon scrubber. I think that would do the trick for you. My dad gave me one many years ago and I've just begun using it again; it's great for tenderizing things and for enhancing flavors.
When you cook with it that will sterilize it further. And you're supposed to soak them in water for about ten minutes before using them so they'll absorb water and gently steam your food a bit, but I often don't bother.