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 Post subject: Iron Cooking Pot
PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:28 pm 
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Iron cooking pot, mid-1800s Women made do with very little on the trail and frontier. Iron pots like this one were valuable commodities. A wife might own only a kettle, frying pan, and coffeepot to prepare meals for her family. (Museum of the American West.


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 Post subject: Re: Iron Cooking Pot
PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:43 pm 
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Interesting..... Shallower than you would normally expect. Double duty as a frying pan ??


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 Post subject: Re: Iron Cooking Pot
PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:39 am 
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Cool Find!!!!
These shallow pots where indeed created for frontier cooking and traveling. Taking the least with you and getting the most use out of it. Many had legs to keep the botooms out of the coals or came with real Steel trivits. (I think the trivits became steel because they lived in coals and received a quench after dinner... Making crude steel..
Normally these where bigger around than their stockpot cousins. Easier to cook fast with.
I've seen many of these "shallow pots" that have the coals keeper's riveted on the lid, and there you have the beginning of the American Dutch Oven.

Ah the benifits of going to culinary school.. :)


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