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Postby WarPony » Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:13 pm

I picked these up at my Grandparents place and wondered if anyone used them to cook in. They were used as flower pots for many years.
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Re: Anybody use these to cook in?

Postby Mukilteo » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:17 pm

as long as they weren't used to melt lead in the past.....
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Re: Anybody use these to cook in?

Postby doitright » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:10 pm

I have used that kind to boil salt cured hams in. They were used for rendering lard or warshing clothes in. I do think they are too large for led use but you never know. Looks like alot of pitting but I bet they will clean up good. I hope they do not have any holes in the bottom to drain water for flower pot use. Here in west tn most of the large pots were used for flower pots and cracked in the winter. If they did not crack the people would drill holes to dran water. Best of luck with them and let us see a photo of them cleaned up.
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Re: Anybody use these to cook in?

Postby WarPony » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:30 pm

doitright wrote:I have used that kind to boil salt cured hams in. They were used for rendering lard or warshing clothes in. I do think they are too large for led use but you never know. Looks like alot of pitting but I bet they will clean up good. I hope they do not have any holes in the bottom to drain water for flower pot use. Here in west tn most of the large pots were used for flower pots and cracked in the winter. If they did not crack the people would drill holes to dran water. Best of luck with them and let us see a photo of them cleaned up.


Nope, they are not cracked or have holes drilled in the bottom. There's alot of heavy pitting but I think they'll be good to use for cooking in.

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Re: Anybody use these to cook in?

Postby Woodbutcher » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:52 pm

They look pretty badly rusted. I tried cleaning up (using electrolysis) a dutch oven that looked that bad. The rust came out OK but I had trouble holding the seasoning in the pits. With a liner it would work fine. I have read that sand blasting is bad for cast iron cookware. It said the seasoning would not old either. But I have no first hand knowledge of that. It could be a fun project and the price was right!
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Re: Anybody use these to cook in?

Postby aggie79 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:46 am

I may have completely lost my mind (again) but I thought I saw a YouTube video where molasses was used to strip rust on cast iron. Clean and de-grease the rusted cast iron first and the soak it in an 8:1 mix of water to molasses. Every couple of days or so pull it out and wire brush the cast iron. Repeat this until there is no rust.

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Re: Anybody use these to cook in?

Postby Zollinger » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:27 am

aggie79 wrote:I may have completely lost my mind (again) but I thought I saw a YouTube video where molasses was used to strip rust on cast iron. Clean and de-grease the rusted cast iron first and the soak it in an 8:1 mix of water to molasses. Every couple of days or so pull it out and wire brush the cast iron. Repeat this until there is no rust.

Now to try to find that source.

If I remember right it's some other kind of molasses not the cooking kind. I bet it would be a bugger to clean out the syrup, but it would smell real good! :FNP
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Re: Anybody use these to cook in?

Postby Mike B » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:41 pm

One of my Dutch oven buddies has one. He is also a blacksmith, so he constructed a tripod for it. We used it at our Dutch oven demonstration at the grand opening of this new park in Coeur d'Alene, ID:

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We made Hunter's Stew in the pot. Note that it came with no lid, so he made one out of wood.
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Re: Anybody use these to cook in?

Postby Tom Kurth » Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:02 pm

Lotsa different uses for those. I remember Mom making home-made soap in something like that. And we had neighbors when I was about ten who made apple butter in a bigger one every fall. Best apple butter I've ever had. I think Cajuns use them for jambalaya, gumbo, etc. I bet there were different uses in different parts of the country. Where did you Grands live?

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Re: Anybody use these to cook in?

Postby WarPony » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:51 pm

MikeB, I remember that pic from a few years ago...... That does give me another option.

Tom, my G-parents lived in Gardner, KS........ all I remember them being used for is for flower pots.

I may have them sandblasted and use one for a turkey roaster. I wonder if I could make a lid out of plate steel to hold coals???? :thinking: :thinking:

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Re: Anybody use these to cook in?

Postby pmowers » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:28 pm

When my son cleaned out the garage of the house he had bought, he had 2 of these up in the attic. I think that his father-in-law uses one to make burgoo in. For those who are deprived, burgoo (known by its detractors as roadkill stew) is a Western Kentucky version of Brunswick Stew. Burgoo uses shredded mutton as the main meat along with corn, potatoes, other vegetables, secrets and lots of black pepper, cooked for hours. The Catholic parishes in the area have some serious competitions over burgoo.

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Re: Anybody use these to cook in?

Postby CAJUN LADY » Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:30 am

I've got one in my back patio area...used as a flower pot. It was just in too poor a state to try and get it back to useable. Brother n law gave it to me as a birthday present years ago. Love it!
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Re: Anybody use these to cook in?

Postby sdakotadoug » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:17 pm

A motorcycle rally in Franklin, Neb used a couple of them several years ago to provide soup/stew. They dug a pit and put a couple of railroad rails over it. Fired from underneath one of the pots always had something good in it 24 hours a day. The best dirty rice I ever had was made about 3 AM in one of them. Ah fond memories, Doug
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Re: Anybody use these to cook in?

Postby lancew » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:20 pm

i get my ham and beans from these every year at Apple and Pork festival. yummmmmm
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