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CURING THE POTJIE
Most Potjies come ready cured these days.
A cured Potjie is reasonably smooth on both outside an inside. It is said that these are ready for use immediately after a good scrub.
An uncured Pot is a very dark grey, rough on the inside and must be "cured".
However, cured or not I like to "burn my Potjie in" because there is always some "factory coating" on a Pot.
This is what you do.
(It would help if you did this on a gas burner since this is easier to control than coals.)
You will find that the inside of the Potjie is now a bit smooth, almost like it has a "skin" on it. You will also see that right on top of the brim, where the water did not reach, the Pot looks like it was before you started the treatment.
- Fill about half of the Potjie with water
- Add any not-wanted part of pork i.e. trotters, head etc. as long as it has a bit of fat on it.
- Add potatoes until full to the brim (any ol' potatoes will do)
- Bring to the boil and then simmer this lot for 3-4 hours (or even longer if you want to)
- Try to keep the lid on as much as possible without it spilling too much
- Add boiling water if necessary to keep the Pot filled to the brim.
- Let the Potjie cool, empty contents and just wash it out with some normal dishwashing liquid.
- If necessary scrub with one of these green sponge goodies with the rough bit on the one side
- Keep on washing it until the rinsing water is clear.
And, voila! Start cooking!!
- This is but one of the many ways to cure a Potjie and it has always worked for me. Some people believe to make a wood fire in a new Pot and burn it for a couple of hours. Others boil it with water and some vinegar. If you have a look at some of the back issues of our monthly newsletter you will find some of these methods explained under "tip of the month".
- Afterward just wash the Pot out again and dry it well. Then take an old tea towel or some kitchen paper towel, put on a little cooking oil and rub the Pot well on the inside (the lid too!). Store in a nice cool and dry place and your Potjie will not rust and be ready for the next party!.
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