As we sit here in Scotland on what should be a lovely warm summer day the rain is pouring down. Not to perpetuate the myth that it always rains in Scotland. It doesn't. At least not here on the east coast.
It made us think of warming pots of lovely home made soup. So that's what we did. We made a very large pot of soup. We could eat soup at any time of the year.
Thinking of the soup simmering away on the hob made us wonder if you had such cookware? Or a cauldron as it's called in our house.
Of course you don't have to use this only for making soup. There are lots of uses that you can put them to. For example when making jam or canning your own foods you need lots of boiling room so you need a bigger vessel.
As well as the soup making ours gets used for boiling up the ever popular cloutie dumpling. If you'd like a copy of the recipe give us a shout.
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Updated, the cast stainless steel handles on this stockpot stay cool to the touch.
This is for use with all types of cooking methods including induction. It is safe in the oven to a temperature of 550 degrees F. Now that's hot.
The curved rims allow ease of pouring with no drips.
Cuisinart offer a limited lifetime warranty.
Made from heavy gauge aluminum for a more even distribution of heat.
It has a glass lid with a steam hole to prevent the lid rattling too much.
The glass lid is useful as it allows you to keep an eye on the food you are cooking without lifting it.
You can use it in the oven up to 350 degrees F.
This is non-stick both inside and outside making it easy to clean. The manufacturers do say that it is suitable for use in the dishwasher but check the size. Most folk wash it out by hand as it's so easy to do.
T-fal offer a limited lifetime warranty.
These are not suitable for use on induction hobs.
It is oven safe up to a temperature of 450 degrees F.
The tempered glass lid makes it easy to watch over the food while it is cooking.
The lid has a screen for ease of draining.
Both pot and lid have cast stainless steel loop handles for ease of use.
Its non-stick construction and pouring spout make it easy to serve food.
While this cannot go in the dishwasher, cleaning is an easy matter of washing out with hot soapy water.
Some customers who already own this have suggested you pre-heat it. Bring it up to the desired temperature before adding the food.
Made of 18/10 polished stainless steel with an aluminum core in the base. This is suitable for all types of stove including induction.
This holds 7 canning jars or 8 pint jars in the 12.5 inch wide inside and is 11.25 inches deep.
The glass lid which allows you to watch as your food cooks has a steam vent for safety.
The pot is oven safe to 500 degrees F and the lid to 350 degrees F.
While it is dishwasher safe, you might find it takes up a little too much room and it is easy enough to wash out by hand.
The stainless steel has a polished mirror finish that you can be proud of.
Within the base is an aluminum core for even distribution of the heat.
This is suitable for all types of stove top and is oven safe to 350 degrees F.
The lid and pot have handles that are safe and comfortable to use when moving it from the stove top or oven.
This stockpot is dishwasher safe.
Faberware offer a lifetime warranty with this stockpot.