The Kitchen Witch's
Potjie Flat-Bottom Pot 2 with Lid
Food safe cast iron
for indoor and outdoor cooking.
Turn your ordinary kitchen into an extraordinary witchy cooking kitchen! These flat-bottomed kettles are very heavy old-style cast iron pots for brewin' and stewin' long cookin' spells or meals. Enjoy the aroma while blending your favorite brew!
This is traditional iron cookware which has been slightly modified to be useful for cooking both the old way and the new. This flat-bottomed potjie cauldron has a surprisingly large capacity and durable foundry construction. The squat belly of the pot is ribbed with concentric rings and usefully labeled flat potjie 2. A well-fitting lid and arched, free-moving handle enhance the pot's utility.
The cauldron measure 6 1/2 inches high and 11 inches wide. It holds 7 quarts of food or magickal brew and weighs a stable, sturdy 17 pounds when empty. Each is pre-seasoned and periodic proper re-seasoning will give it a lifetime as long as yours.
The 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.
The image of the cauldron holding witches' brew is probably so pervasive because Shakespeare employed it in Macbeth, but the Bard's choice may have been based on the legend that potjie cauldrons were adopted for use in Druid rituals. Archaeological evidence demonstrates that potjie-like cauldrons were often given as offerings by victorious athletes in Olympian temples. The vessels are also found in Roman and Celtic burial caches.
Made from pure cast iron with no pot-metal additives in a small foundry. 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. Any seams showing, flaking and pitting is natural to cast iron items which are forged and cast in molds. Clean and season as described on the page listed 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.
See our page "Cast Iron Seasoning" for helpful hints on using and caring for your cauldron.