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    What is it good for?

    I was just given a 12 quart aluminum caldero. I pretty much do all my cooking on cast iron. What is this thing good for? It's too damned big even to use for a chamber pot.

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    Got any eye of newt? I hear they work for recipes like that.

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    If you're feeding a crowd or making stuff to freeze,
    They are great for stew, soup, chili, spaghetti sauce, anything that needs to simmer.

    Compared to a tall pot, they heat evenly without scorching as much inside on the bottom.
    Being wide & shallow, you don't need as much heat as a tall pot.
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    Boil your coyote traps.

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    Chicken , shrimp and yellow rice .
    A nice Spanish paella .
    Cajun or Creole Jambalaya .
    Italian Red Gravy (spaghetti sauce).
    Gumbo ...for just a few .
    Red Chili.
    Green Chile Stew .

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    Caldero is the ‘workhorse’ of any Hispanic kitchen due to its versatility and unique design. The caldero (or ‘cauldron’ in English) has rounded sides, a tight fitting lid, and superior heat distribution.
    Calderos are used to cook rice, beans, braise meat, and simmer stews and soups.

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    Always just called them a "stock pot". Used for making soups, stews, chili or whatever on stove top. I make a mean red beans and rice or whatever concoction in one too.
    LARGE pieces of meat with some liquid in oven for hours and you will have plenty to shred, pull or slice to feed a crowd. You can also make "stock".

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    Maybe it was a chamber pot.

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    All great suggestions! Thanks! My problem is, if I'm cooking for a lot of people, I do it outdoors over a fire. This thing is just too wide and too shallow for most of my cooking. Or maybe I'm just set in my ways...naaah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fourarmed View Post
    All great suggestions! Thanks! My problem is, if I'm cooking for a lot of people, I do it outdoors over a fire. This thing is just too wide and too shallow for most of my cooking. Or maybe I'm just set in my ways...naaah!
    Expand your cooking skills ... a Chicken and Smoked Sausage Jambalaya can feed a crowd and it's all done in one big pot...and can be done outside over a gas or wood fire .
    Ya got the pot...go for it !
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    Quote Originally Posted by gwpercle View Post
    a Chicken and Smoked Sausage Jambalaya can feed a crowd and it's all done in one big pot...
    I can testify to this.

    When I was hanging around with the ByouBoyz river racers, we had a event out side of New Orleans and they brought that for lunch.

    I got as full as a tick from that meal.
    It wasn't playing the blame game, finding fault, and complaining about every little thing that made America great.
    It was God, guns, and guts.


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    Make Jambalaya or Pastalaya with it. Make a ton of chili and freeze it in smaller packs. Throw chicken bones and frozen scraps of vegetable trimmings in along with seasoning to make broth which you can freeze in quart jars(leave at least an inch headspace). I have a 22 quart Magnalite (from the '80s) that I have made a lot of stuff in. Love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NSB View Post
    Maybe it was a chamber pot.
    For Rosie O'Donnell till she had to get a larger one.

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    Use it camping to boil water for cleaning up with after feeding large groups of people.

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