The first great pot I remember seeing her, 30 years ago at the house of a neighbor of my mother, it was enormous and it was scary to see her on top of the kitchen with two or three fires on, the woman said that she had to feed ten mouths daily and that in that house she ate stews, stews, broths and soups, day in and day out. Although I understood perfectly that he was missing it, I always wondered where he kept it and where he cleaned it.
The kettle is a container cylindrical with side handles provided with a lid and whose height is more or less equal to its diameter. The word is also applied to stews that are cooked in this container.
Its large capacity makes it suitable for cooking large quantities of food, soups, beef, stew, pasta, seafood, etc. in water. The kitchens of restaurants and communities use kettles of such capacity, even 100 and 500 liters, which have a drain tap on one base.
The kettles are usually made of clay, cast iron, stainless steel, aluminum or tinned copper.
Although they are also known by other names, the high ones are also called pots and the low ones cazuelas.
A little history about the kettle
The word pot comes from Old French marmite “hypocrite“, Applicable to this cooking container because it hides its content.
Since the … century XIVThe pot-bellied black iron kettle, with a lid, a handle and three feet, hung from the hook of the fireplace, was used to boil water or laundry as well as to prepare soup and stew.
In the century XVII the kettle was reserved almost exclusively for the preparation of soups and stews.
The goldsmiths made silver kettles, decorated with coats of arms, medals and inscriptions, which were used for table service.
The best known Spanish kettle is the one made by Basque sailors, called marmitako.
And one of the best known internationally, is probably the one that belongs to Panorámix and in which Obelix fell when he was a child.
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