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Feb 9, 2012 09:58 PM

How do you Romertopf?

I purchased one years ago and my initial forays were not too successful.

I had a huge bone from a pic-nic shoulder. It was too big for my soup pot so I fetched down the clay pot. I soaked red beans over nights, rinsed and drained them. Added some diced yellow onion and water. And let it cook for 3 hours, turning (did I say massive) bone midway.

Wow. This was much better than cooking it in a soup pot. The flavors intensified, the meat on the bone fell off yet crisped into tasty, crunchy bits. Added a touch of salt and Pirates Bite (not as hot they they indicate, but very delicious) and it was a wonderful meal on a chilly night!

So what do you cook in your clay pot? Recipes wanted!

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  1. I had one for years, until it finally cracked last year, and I have yet to replace it. :(
    I think it made the best roasted chicken. Some citrus in the cavity, sprinkle with herbs, bake an hour or so, defat and thicken the pan juices for gravy.

    1. Mine cracked, too - after 40+ years. Looking for another in thrift shops. Best recipe was country pork ribs with apples. I'll search for the recipe.

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      1. re: Cynsa

        To mend a cracked Romertopf clay pot with Elmer's two-part epoxy glue: Dry pot in hot oven and allow to cool. Apply the epoxy glue while still warm to the touch. Let it dry diamond-hard for a few hours in a warm oven at 100°F.

      2. I looked at the companies website and they recommend a dedicated pot for each variety of dish. I can see having a dedicated pot for fish, but not sure I see a need (flavor-wise, not dietary issues) to have different pots for beans vs chicken/pork/beef.

        I tend to be a little anal, so I used baking soda and a scrubby pad to work on the really dark areas after washing with just hot water. The soup bone had a bit of fat which splattered the interior pretty intensely. I'm assuming that a desired seasoning develops over time?