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Tagines
11:17:59 PM Sunday Oct 8, 2006


I'm on the hunt for a nice Eid gift for my boss. She loves Moroccan food and cooks fairly well, so I thought I'd buy her a lovely little tagine.. I didn't have time to shop for one during my trip, and god knows that was probably for the best since I don't know how to pack my valisas well and it likely would've broken. So here I am trying to hold my eyelids open with toothpicks and shopping online for a nice tagine..



Ok, now, I really loved these from tagines.com, but is it just me or are these kind of - ahem - pricey? about $40-50 smackeroos for a little tagine? And I guess this doesn't yet include shipping and tax and all the nice trimmings. I should've bought one from my aunt's collection. I could've gotten some really nice ones for 10-15 bucks. Somebody slap me..
Or - to be more practical -how 'bout some suggestions? or - if you're in the continental usa and know how to pack things properly - do you have a nice brand new tagine in that price range that you'd be willing to pawn off to me? I'll pray to the great One to make all your dreams come true ;)

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2:13 pm    August 8, 2009

karim karim message
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* IMPORTANT * à lire: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/advisories-avis/aw-am/moroccantagines-fra.php
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4:28 am    August 8, 2007

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Personally, I think the most traditional and authentic tangines are the best. They're the plain honey brown coloured one. Their large and are glazed. My mum cooks in them some times and they don't break. 50 years ago you didn't see patterned tangines right? or is someone going to prove my wrong? Call me boring but I prefere the plain ones, not saying the above arn't pretty becasue they are.
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2:53 am    August 8, 2007
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I wonder wether there is any chinees ustansil made of clay and used a similay way as the tagine is used in Morocco and elswhere. I mean for cooking. It would be interesting to know how they deal with the issue.

Two days ago, I watche a video directed mainly to the US customers on the presumely presence of significant amounts of lead in the paint on toys "made in China". The video was litterally telling the US customers : "through your childrens' toys away, don't by them anymore: they're dangerous for your childres health". This could be part of a commercial war. I think that 80% of toys sold in the US are "made in China". This is an issue that industry (chineese) could deal with anyway. It would be interesting to know how china deal with the issue of lead in clay. I think that Italy is another giant in clay items for kitchen. It would be interesting to know how all these advanced nations deal with the issue. That would maybe save the tagine made of clay.

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2:29 am    August 8, 2007

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the problem with the "true" ones is that they break very quickly. Heat doesn't treat them well. There are also so many minerals in clay (some not si healthy) that it would be a good idea to seal the tagines somehow. I'm sure there is a lead a free finish, the kind being used in china plates and cups.
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8:07 pm    August 7, 2007
Salem
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The glazed ones? They're ugly. I would never cook in them, never use them, not even for a display.

The "true" ones. I love them, I do not hasitate to use them for all possible purposes. If some day a dead penalty falls on them, I think I would vote for tagines made of "teflon" .

NB.: I don't mean to make advertisement for any lucky company. "Masaiibu Kawmin 3inda Kawmin Fawaiidu"

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4:18 pm    August 7, 2007

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tefal tagines?? i think they call the material "teflon" in english. they carry these in target?? gotta look for them.
so - but what does this mean if the glazed ones do have lead- that we should not cook in them, or not use at all??
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2:33 pm    August 6, 2007
Salem
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I'm very suspicious over the glazed tagines. I don't trust them. The chemical product they use to make the tagines shine comprises probably harmful elements (lead). But I dont think that the true ones (not glazed) are harmful. I do not hasitate to ask for a hot tagine when I'm passing by Urika or somewhere else south to Essaouira. The suspicion around tagines made of clay, presumely containing a dangerous amount of lead has increasingly pushed people to use tagines made of non denied metals such as Aluminium or some kind of steel, already available in the marked. The Tagine will never desappear, if clay is a problem, tagines will be made of other stuff. So don't worry Hudhud.
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5:03 pm    August 3, 2007

Rasta Gnawi message
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I heard something about this lead finish as well. I was thinking I'd get one of the tagines tested and see if it really does have lead. The ones they sell in Oujda are not glazed. But I see the glazed ones everywhere; I guess they're trying to attract tourists and zmagria. It's possible the old ones had lead finish as well. It wasn't too long ago that even in the US lead paint and finish were used everywhere.

William sonoma has a few and even BJ and Target now feature these neat tagines made out of teflar or whatever that non-stick material is called.

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2:45 pm    August 3, 2007

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hmm.. my grams used the old fashioned ones. and she's still around. matter o'fact been pushin 98 for a few years now (her real age is still a mystery lol =) so we just keep it at 98 for now.
so i guess unh, maybe it's ok to eat out of lead-full tagines? =) $20 vs. $90?? ;o) j/k!!!!
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8:51 pm    July 25, 2007
AJ
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I am a customer of tagines.com. They basically justify their prices with the fact that their tagines are made to meet FDA requirements fro lead content. There aren't any tagines sold in Morocco that are lead free. The lead free glazing is specially imported from Europe for tagines.com tagines.
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11:22 am    October 24, 2006

hudhud message
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d'accord, ssahite ya khou. Sahha eidkoum en tous cas, koul 3am ou ntouma bkheir ou rabbi yeqbel menna kamline :)
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8:23 am    October 24, 2006

Rasta Gnawi message
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Hudhud. It turns out the decoration type tagines were not recommended in Canada bacause the finish contained lead. I'm on the hunt for the old ones that we used to cook with. my mother recommends not actually cooking in the tagine. She says she had always used regular cookware but would serve in the tagine as it keeps the food warm.

3id mebrouk

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11:02 am    October 16, 2006

Rasta Gnawi message
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hudhud,
I didn't get your email. Could you resend?
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2:25 pm    October 10, 2006

hudhud message
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wait a minute are you asking me to think at this time of day? i can't function on an empty brain.. ;o)) i just shot you a line. yallah sahha ftourkoum :)
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11:58 pm    October 10, 2006

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ok. I don't want to write my email address here, but it's quite simple: amine on this domain. I'm sure you can figure it out. Send me an email to confirm you've got it.
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8:48 pm    October 10, 2006

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that would be great, thanks bro! I don't think Adnane has it, so I'll wait to hear from you and just give it to you directly. allah yjazik bilkhayr.
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8:22 pm    October 10, 2006

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ok. I don't imagine tagines cost that much in Morocco. What I'm thinking of are the orange tagines, sometimes they have small designs on them. But you're right, you cook the meal and serve it on the tagine as is.

I'll let you know cost, pics, etc. once I'm there. Adnane can give you my address or give me yours if he has it.

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10:14 pm    October 9, 2006

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allah yjazik bilkhayr, that would be fantastic.. I guess you'll be looking for something that's both for cooking and serving? 10" is good, but anything over $40-50 is not going to make my list.. and i'll have to pay you for shipping and handling too :) can you send me a pm if you're sure you can bring one so we can figure out logistics and such? thank you!!
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1:39 pm    October 9, 2006

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I'm headed to Morocco in a week. I was planning on getting a tagine for our house here. I'll just grab 2 if I find something nice. I presume you're looking for at least 10 inch diameter tagines.
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12:33 pm    October 9, 2006

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thanks brothers. i've found a lot more now, prices ranging from $30 to a lovely one hundred and ninety-nine dollars and ninety cents. hmm.. i was originally just looking for a pretty serving tagine but now you guys have convinced me. i might as well get something sturdy that she can cook in too..
crate and barrel online only had one tagine for about 90 bucks. found some more on shopzilla and apparently the french ones seem most durable, but they are also the most expensive and - so awfully plain! after all, this is a gift I'm hunting for so I want it to look nice too..
any shops you all know of in ny and boston? there must be tons more options on the east coast. shoukran shoukran..
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8:41 am    October 9, 2006

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I second that.
ebay has some tagines too, check this white one from portugal it'll end soon,
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8:16 am    October 9, 2006

Rasta Gnawi message
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If you want her to use as a decor then I'd say these would work. If she's going to use it, then Crate and Barrel has a good selection of well built tagines for $45. There at least you'll be paying for good cookware material and something that is functional. You don't want to use these decoration tagines and have them break down after one use.
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