Potjie Flat Bottom Cast Iron Pot
Food Safe Cast Iron
This potjie measures approximately 6 3/4 inches high, 9 inches wide; 10 1/2 inches at the widest portion of the pot and each holds approximately 5 quarts. The solid iron construction gives it a satisfying weight of 12 pounds. This pot will serve admirably from stove top to campfire to altar and back!
Our flat-bottomed potjies (pronounced 'poikeys') are a re-imagining of a time-tested form of cooking pot that has been used throughout Europe and Africa since at least the 1600s, and possibly as far back as the Iron Age. They adapt the cast-iron construction and rounded shape that cause potjies to cook food so evenly and well, compromised with a flat bottom so that this exceptional sample of ancient crafters' genius can be used on modern stovetops. Each potjie pot is equipped with a sturdy handle for lifting and a well-fitted lid. Cook in your flat-bottomed potjie by hanging it over a fire or placing it on a stove burner, or pile hot coals against the deep lip of the lid to make an efficient Dutch oven.
Made from pure cast iron with no pot-metal additives in a small foundry. Please Note: There may be minor imperfections from small cracks, dents, seams showing, discoloration and 'blops'/pitting from removing the iron from the mold. Use and seasoning, over time, will give your pot the old time look and feel of real cast iron.
Our food safe cauldrons and iron cookware are molded, finished, polished, and oil-seasoned by hand. Over time, with use and careful seasoning, your pot will obtain a rich dark color. For any seams showing, flaking and pitting, this is natural to cast iron which are forged and cast in molds. Clean and season as described in the link below. With age, use and seasoning any discoloration will slowly blend in. Each item is food-safe and can be used for cooking, burning incense or candles, holding coarse-ground spices or herbs, or an endless array of other uses.
Chefs favor cast iron cooking pots for their superior heat retention and distribution, and this expertly crafted flat-bottomed potjie cauldron is a splendid example. The rounded belly's surface has concentric raised lines within a turned-up lip, a round lid with a central handle neatly fits. Over the lid arches a free-moving, sturdy metal handle that can be used to move or hang the pot.
A potjie (pronounced 'poikey') is a time-tested form of cooking pot that has been used throughout Europe and Africa since at least the 1600s, and possibly as far back as the Iron Age. Their design exemplifies the unsung mechanical genius of ancient crafters: the deep, round bottom ensures a good rolling boil that cooks well and prevents food from sticking, while the three legs provide maximal stability, and the wide-mouthed shape allows versatility in outdoor cooking. Each potjie pot is equipped with a sturdy handle for lifting and a well-fitted lid. Cook in your potjie over an open fire or a gas burner, or pile hot coals on the deep, commodious lid to make an efficient Dutch oven.
No refunds, returns or exchanges on flaking, pitting, discoloration, seams, etc. as this is natural in the process of making them.
See our page "Cast Iron Seasoning" for helpful hints on using and caring for your cauldron.