[Sca-cooks] pottery braziers, cooking in pottery

Huette von Ahrens ahrenshav at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 16 11:10:04 PDT 2011

Probably because a ceramic chaffing dish is documentably period while a metal brazier probably isn't.  [I haven't done the research on metal braziers yet.]  You can find a lot of ceramic chaffing dishes in the pottery collection in the Museum of London.  There are also quite a few period paintings of nurses/mid-wives using ceramic chaffing dishes to make healing potions for their patients, who usually are depicted lying in bed, surrounded by their loved ones and physicians.

--- On Thu, 6/16/11, Nancy Kiel <nancy_kiel at hotmail.com> wrote:

From: Nancy Kiel <nancy_kiel at hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] pottery braziers, cooking in pottery
To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 9:56 AM

I worked in the historic kitchens at Colonial Williamsburg for four years and never did anything to "warm up" the ceramic cookware, and nothing cracked from the heat.

Is there a reason you're not using a metal brazier?

Your servant,

Nancy Kiel nancy_kiel at hotmail.com Never tease a weasel! This is very good advice. For the weasel will not like it And teasing isn't nice.

> From: mneumark at hotmail.com
> Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 07:36:32 -0700
> To: sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org
> Subject: [Sca-cooks] pottery braziers, cooking in pottery
> Are you really meaning chaffing dish or brazier? In general, cooking in pots over open fires one needs to understand about thermal shock and making sure the pottery is warmed up. Also, depending on how something is stored, a pot-ceramic ware can get damaged without one knowing it and when it's being used the fault will appear. 
> --Mercy the potter
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