3/4 African Potjie Pot
Food Safe Cast Iron
This two-quart cast-iron potjie cauldron combines old-world personality and timeless ingenuity into a vessel perfect for holding altar supplies, baking Dutch-oven style, or boiling a wholesome soup. The shape is that of a slightly flattened sphere with a trio of stable feet, plus concentric raised ribbing that circles the pot. Within the lip, a round lid snugly sits.
Measures 8 1/2 inches high x 7 inches wide.
Capacity to hold 2 quarts. Includes a well-fitted lid and heavy duty carrying handle. The lid has a deep lip for hot coals.
The African Kettle Potjie Pots are made in many sizes from small herb pots to large sugar kettles and seasoned with an edible high quality flax oil which immediately starts the seasoning process. The round shape allows the heat to flow evenly around the sides and maintain liquids at the lowest point to keep from burning. The lid has a deep lip for holding hot coals. Excellent for cooking over open fires or LP gas burners.
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.
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.
New cast iron is grey; 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.
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.