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1 19th century cooking on Mon May 31, 2010 11:19 pm

Posted on Texas Civilian Yahoo list September 2008 by Hal Simon

There is a lot of simple period food that can be made with trivets, skillets, boilers, spiders, gypsy pots, etc. There really do need to be fire dogs however, as that is how to best control your heat and generate the maximum amount of coals for cooking. It allows you to rob the coal bed for under trivets, spiders, and gypsy pot without disturbing the actively burning fuel.

Acknowledgment of stupidity ahead...what is a firedog?


Sorry... a set of andirons. I get too archaic for my own good sometimes... : )


And a gypsy pot?


A gypsy pot is a round bottomed cast iron pot, with three little feet on the bottom, and a bail so it can be suspended over a fire. Mine has a heavy lid with a deep lip, so I can put coals on the top like with a dutch oven or spider.

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