South Africans have a favorite pot to cook in, it’s called the Potjie Pot.
But first, let’s take a look at the history of the Potjie Pot.
The Potjie Pot is made from Cast Iron and it is black. It has three legs and is designed to stand on an open fire. It can be traced back to the 1500s when witches used them to cook and perform ceremonies.
The potjie came to South Africa with the Dutch Settlers, It became popular with the Voortrekkers when they moved from Cape Town to the interior of South Africa, They couldn’t carry many cooking utensils with them so they carried a big black Potjie to cook with.
You get different sizes potjies, and you can gauge the size you need by the number of rings on it. The number one potjie has one ring on it and that is enough food for two people.
The number 3 Potjie has three rings on it and is enough for 6 people, although you can feed four adults and two children from that amount.
How do you burn a new potjie
When you buy a new potjie, first wash it with warm water and dishwashing liquid, scrub it with a scourer all around the inside of the pot. Rinse and wash one more time with warm water and dishwashing liquid.
Then first cook pap in the potjie and vegetable peelings to soak all the residue, then wash it with warm water and dishwashing liquid, scrub it with a scourer all around the inside of the pot.
Coat the inside of the pot with oil, and heat the pot until it starts smoking, wipe with a newspaper until the blackstuff stops coming off the inside of the pot.
Wait for the pot to cool down, then wash the pot one more time with warm water and soap then coat it with cooking oil for storage.
The Best Way to clean a Potjie After Use
The best way to clean a Potjie Pot is to wash it with warm water and dishwashing liquid. I use a dish scourer to give it a good scrub. Then i rinse it out and repeat the process another time.
I then dry the inside of the pot with a cloth, once the pot is dry. I put a thin coating of olive oil around the inside of the pot. I then store the pot until we use it again.