If there is something more comforting a home-cooked meal, then surely it is preparing it in heirloom pots. I’ve been converted to the cult of the cast iron cookware; the superiority is edible. So when given the opportunity to bring home my great-grandmother’s Belgian enameled cast iron pot and pan set, I jumped at the opportunity. A full set of flame orange cookware that has lasted generations now resides in my home. I cannot tell you how special it is for me to enjoy food prepared in the same pots my great-grandmother used. When I see soup bubbling away on the stove in her dutch oven, my heart swells a little bit more.
In our disposable culture, food and items for food preparation are discarded thoughtlessly. Pots and pans are made to last just a few years instead of a lifetime. When you peruse antique stores, many of the items still remaining (and coveted) are useful food preparation items such as: cast iron pans, Mason jars, enameled coffee pots and non-mechanized implements (i.e. egg beaters). Often these items are purchased for display and not re-used, although in all likelihood they still have a great deal of life left in them. I’m grateful that I can continue the cooking traditions with my own family cookware, making memories and meals with the same equipment used to feed previous generations. The new secret ingredient in all of my food is the love emanating from the family pot.