Cast-iron pots perfectly distribute and maintain heat, and the shape
of the potjie cauldron provides the ideal means of cooking over a
fire, as well as a classic choice for spellwork and brewing. This
large cauldron is solidly cast from iron. Its deep, round potbelly
bears concentric ridges around the outside, and the turned-up lip of
the wide mouth has twin braces for an arched handle. A well-fitting
lid sets into the mouth.
This size of our magnificent potjie pot is 15 inches tall and 17
inches wide. Its capacity is a very generous 9.5 gallons. The
foundry-cast pot is all iron, from its lid to its three stable legs;
therefore, it weighs a monumental 70 pounds and additional shipping
charges apply. A perfect permanent cauldron for fire-ring cooking!
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.
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 similar tripod cauldrons were often given
as offerings by victorious athletes in Olympian temples. The vessels
are also found in Roman and Celtic burial caches, and African and
African-American magick traditionally honors the vital force that
comes from ironware and other work of the forge.
Made from pure cast iron with no pot-metal additives in a small foundry, cauldrons and iron cookware from Keys of Paradise™ are
molded, finished, polished, and oil-seasoned by hand. 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. Seasoning instructions will be included with your purchase.
Enjoy the selection of standing and hanging pots, ranging from a
favor-sized mini cauldron to a 19-plus gallon cooking kettle, and
related iron implements to fit your every need.