Megamaster Potjie Pots
Why South Africans Love Megamaster Potjie Pots
It is a fact: South Africans love their potjies. Cooking a potjie is one of this country’s most delectable traditional dishes, and it comes a very close second to a braai, which is also practically a religion, like rugby. The potjie itself plays a major role, and there is no potjie pots South Africans love more than Megamaster potjie pots. They are robust and long-lasting, and while the traditionalists still insist on using the black cast iron pot, the new generation of serious potjie cookers are starting to enjoy the aesthetic and culinary delights of the innovatively enamelled coloured pots.
History of Potjie
Potjie is a traditional dish that originated from the Dutch settlers and later turned into a traditional Afrikaner dish. The Voortrekkers who crossed rivers and mountains towards the interior of the country in the 1800s hung a round-bellied, cast iron pot under the ox wagon, and every time they stopped for the night they added whatever they could hunt or forage during the day and just cook it again. This gave them a nutritious, on-going food resource that was easy to cook and transport. The traditional Dutch pot was hung over the fire, but later the three-legged pots became more popular as they were easier to stand and cook in the coals.
Five Rules of Potjie
Cooking potjie is not so much about the food as it is about the ceremony of preparing and cooking the food, and if you do not want a smack on the back of the head with braai tongs, you have to know the rules of cooking potjie. You simply cannot afford to act ignorantly around the potjie fire or you will immediately be seen as clueless. So here are some of the things you need to know about potjie before you attend a potjie braai, or for when you feel the need to cook one:
- You need a good pot – most serious potjie owners choose Megamaster potjie pots – and you have to “burn in” in pot before cooking in it. There are many rituals associated with this ranging from cooking vegetable stock repeatedly in it, to smearing it with oil and heating it up.
- Food is always packed in layers ����� the meat at the bottom, root vegetables next, and then lighter vegetables on top.
- Most potjie lovers add wine or beer to make a gravy, and this is poured along the sides of the potjie, and never in the middle.
- Do not attempt to open the potjie! Potjies need to be closed and remain closed during the entire cooking process and they are only opened when serving.
- Do not stir the potjie! The food has to cook in their layers to retain their own independent flavours.
If you are keen to give cooking a potjie a go, you simply have to check out the Megamaster Potjie pots. And for your own safety, remember the potjie rules and stick to them.