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Aug 4, 2012 02:48 PM

What is this copper pot for?

We've just been given this copper pot which came from France.
Does anyone know what it is used for?


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  1. It looks like the bottom piece of a Bain Marie.

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    1. Hi, Sabrina:

      Yes, I agree--it's the bottom of a bain marie (double boiler).


      1. I have an old Waldow very much like it, and I love it. I have seen replacement ceramic inserts at Bridge. IMO the handle for the insert and the lid are pointless. Who has ever had Hollandaise or Bernaise sit under a lid keeping warm? If you made too much, use a spoon or bread.

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          1. re: tim irvine

            The inserts of many double boilers come with a handle and a lid, including the best-selling Pyrex that my parents had way back when. The handle is for pouring out the contents, and the lid for slow cooking that doesn't need constant stirring. If you don't need a lid and handle, you don't need a dedicated double boiler - a saucepan and mixing bowl will do the job

            1. re: John Francis

              True, but my most common use is a single serving of impromptu Bernaise. I use a small silicone spatula with a bit of a bowl to put a little on a steak. The shape is much easier to use for small amounts than a bowl over a saucepan.

            2. re: tim irvine

              Hi Tim. What is Bridge? I need a replacement insert and I can't seem to find anything online.

              1. re: tudai4


                Above is a link to Bridge Kitchenware. Neat store, good sales.

            3. I stumbled on this old thread. I have an identical pot and I bought it with a lid. It had never occurred to me that I was missing a part.

              Mine is made from two pieces of sheet copper, bottom in one piece and the sides are rolled over at the top, and tin lined. The pot is so well made that I have never been able to locate the side seam. The bottom is crimped.

              The reason for this post is that there is a similar pot on Ebay that appears to be a later version but it is complete with the porclain section.

              I thought I would share the information.