Friday, August 26, 2011

Amazing New Cookware!

I have been gifted the most amazing piece of new cookware, a 4-quart pot, thanks to my brother, Bud.

These pots are a natural product made from soapstone!

When I received it, the coloring was a light gray, both inside and out.

These pots do need to be seasoned before using. This was quite a long procedure, but well worth the time.

1. Apply a light coat of vegetable oil over interior and exterior.
2. Fill with room temperature water.
3. Place in oven.
4. Set oven to 350°
5. Bake for 2 hours.
6. Turn oven off, leave pot on oven rack to completely cool.
7. Repeat entire process again.

I did this a third time skipping the applying of the vegetable oil because it came out a little tacky from getting a little too much oil on it. Doing it the third time, was smart as the pot came out without being tacky feeling. The pot came out a very dark charcoal color once seasoned.

Soapstone holds the heat for hours, especially when filled to the brim with water. This process took 3 days, yes, 3 days!

Soapstone also shouldn't be subjected to heat extremes...always start the pot on medium low to get it heated and let it cool down before washing it.

Soapstone doesn't alter the taste of food, heats evenly, and is about as non-stick as you can get without using Teflon! I have read that it will keep cold foods cold for a long time, too.

The first thing I made in it was hamburger vegetable soup. This will be my new soup pot!

Oh, and the cleanup was simple, once the pot has cooled just wash it in hot water and soap.

The only drawback to soapstone is you have to be strong...this pot weighs almost 14 lbs. empty!
I am thinking of getting a soapstone pizza stone soon...

Thank you, my sweet little you!


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Well, this is all new to me, Marigene! I have never heard of soapstone cookware! It looks like it makes a great soup pot! And I scrolled down to have a peek at your V&B tablescape...gorgeous! You do find the best bargains! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I also have never heard of soapstone cookware. It sounds like a wonderful pot for sure!

Carol at Serendipity said...

I have never heard of this either. It looks wonderful and the soup looks delicious.

Anonymous said...

soup looks delicious! wish i could have been there to dip some bread in the bowl!....i'm making vegetable beef soup today in my soapstone pot that MY brother bud gave ME!! (we'll need something warm and nourishing to ward off the remnants of Irene tomorrow)
love you....judy

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Oh, my Marigene!! I am familiar with soapstone but NEVER knew they made cookware from it. What a GORGEOUS pot!! Enjoy!!


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Bunny Jean said...

I have never seen sopastone pots before. I do have the old cast iron skillets that are well seasoned. Hubby cooks with them because they are heavy. I can't imagine a pot weighing 14lbs!

I like the look of sopastone and wanted kitchen counters made out of it. Remember LAB class with the soapstone tabletops?

Soup looks good, is it still hot in that nifty new pot? I'll be right over!

xoxo Bunny Jean
@ Bunny Jean's Decor and More! (my Main blog)

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

How interesting! I've not heard of this before, but I love the earthy look of the pot, not to mention to soup inside.

The Tablescaper said...

I've never seen pots like this. I'm curious to hear how you like them going into the future.

- The Tablescaper

Laura said...

I have never seen a soapstone pot.
And I LOVE the china in your header-
may I ask what the pattern is?

And lastly,
what is your recipe for hamburger soup?

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Ilene said...

What a gorgeous pot! Great post, as always... Hugs, Ilene

Dianne said...

My husband laughs b/c I always say, "This is heavy empty", and this pot certainly qualifies. Use it often and you will have cut arms! Dianne

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I have never seen anything like this. Your soup looks so good! It's time for me to make a pot of soup. It's been awhile.

podso said...

Never heard of a soapstone pot before but it makes sense. I have some carvings in soapstone from Kenya though!

On Crooked Creek said...

This is new to me...although I've heard of soapstone pizza boards, just never seen one! If it already weighs 14 lbs when empty...what does it weigh when filled with soup??? Ha! You are one strong woman, dear friend!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Haven't heard of this before. But that is neat how it changed color...I bet that soup was delish!

Cottage and Broome said...

Never heard of soapstone cookware but very interesting! I love, love, love the dishes in your banner, would you mined sharing the name. Thanks for stopping by to visit us at Cottage and Broome (the Mom).

Diann said...

What a great gift to receive! I didn't know that soapstone was used in serving pieces. I used it a lot to design kitchen sinks when I was in my designing days. I love working with soapstone!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

This is all new to me, I've never heard of soapstone cookware. I love the looks of it. I'll have to keep my eyes out for it. hugs ~lynne~

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Enjoy that beautiful soapstone pot! What a wonderful brother you have. I hope he lives near you so you can share the soup!

Sall's Country Life said...

What an awesome pot! Love the color it turned into. Broom Hilda would be jealous of such a pot and so am I :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Marigene, I have never heard of soapstone cookware! My countertops are soapstone and I love them for all the qualities you stated.
I would love a Dutch Oven like yours. Thanks for sharing this informative and yummy post.
I would like to invite you to participate in ON THE MENU MONDAY at StoneGable. The linky goes up on Sunday about 8:00PM. What a great post to share!

Jacqueline said...

How beautiful it is when it is seasoned! That is such a beautiful pot. I also haven't heard of soapstone for cooking, but wow!

xinex said...

Oh how interesting! I love using Le Creuset iron cookware so I am sure I would love to use somehting like this too. I have never seen them before. Your soup looks delish!...Christine

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your soup looks wonderful.. What a great pot, never knew about soapstone cookware.

Kathleen said...

I have never seen this! Amazing. Is it heavy? I don't like the Lecrueset and Lodge as when it is full I can barely lift it!

Tim Gronek said...

The soup looks absolutely delicious to me except for the peas. What a warm feeling soup and your table have. You consistently amaze me with both your finds and your designs. I am very much a "thrifter" as well. I hope all is well at your end Marigene.