[Sca-cooks] What does this Dripping Dish Do?

Huette von Ahrens ahrenshav at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 17 17:46:53 PDT 2011

Gee Mercy, you could have asked me about it.  Cooking a roast is rarely done directly over the fire, unless you like a smokey flavor.  From what I have read, one puts the roast off slightly, to still get the heat and benefit from being spit turned.  This dripping dish is placed under the roast to catch the fats.  One can use these fats to baste the roast to keep is moist and also one can use the drippings to make a gravy.  Hroar has made these in the past and still has some in stock.  Your average SCAdian doesn't understand its purpose and we rarely sell any anymore.  

--- On Fri, 6/17/11, Mercy Neumark <mneumark at hotmail.com> wrote:

From: Mercy Neumark <mneumark at hotmail.com>
Subject: [Sca-cooks] What does this Dripping Dish Do?
To: sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org
Date: Friday, June 17, 2011, 5:26 PM

So, I think by now you all know my first focus is pottery.  I do cook, but I make a lot of different items.  I go through the Museum of London site and try to find new items to make to sell and give sometimes as gifts to people.

I came across this: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/ceramics/pages/largerimage.asp?obj_id=113105%20&img_id=49153

Here is the description of the item: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/ceramics/pages/object.asp?obj_id=113105

So, I have my ideas as to what it does, but really... what does it do?  Is it for basting?  It has a spout/pouring lip.  It seems really long and cumbersome of anything else, but I could be wrong.  

Does anyone know of any good books that speak about what kitchen items did in period (how they were used)?  There are numerous warming dishes and oddities I can find, and honestly, I am not sure how someone would use these items.


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