How to buy a good tajine
To make a good meal you need a good dish first. Make sure you buy a right one for your needs.
There are two main kinds of tajines: clay and metal ones. Clay tajines – amazingly beautiful, often painted in traditional designs – are great souvenir that will make you remember colours of Morocco back at home. It takes a special preparation for the clay tajine not to brake on the way. Saharan nomads have a simple solution for it: first fry 5-6 onions (cut in slices) on olive oil for about one hour, stirring from time to time. This make a tajine serve you for a long time.
Otherwise, if you need a durable dish which is not necessarily a piece of art, get a metal one. This one can travel with you everywhere and will never brake. We always take metal tajines for desert trips with us – then it doesn’t matter if they are transported by camel or jeep. Just remember to choose a one with a wooden handle on the top.
Prices vary, depending on quality. Negotiations are part of each transaction in Morocco, so whatever price you get initially, be ready to bargain to at least half of it. It’s always good to have a local who will go with you, chose a good shop and help assess if the price is appropriate to quality.