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Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by camken » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:57 am

Hello everyone
I know this is a rather strange question, but are there any potjie pots available in Kruger? Not to buy, just to use for one day/night?
We made a lovely potjie this weekend and we were talking about how nice it would be to spend the day in camp one day and cook a potjie while keeping an eye on the fence for visitors :big_eyes:
We will be flying in from Cape Town, so bringing one along is out of the question, and purchasing one is too expensive because we would only use it for one day!
We will be staying in Skukuza, Satara and Lower Sabie in September (4-18th).
We would particularly love to have one at Satara (6-11 Sept)- are they available for hire, or will anyone be there who has one we could borrow for a day??
Sorry for the weird question, I know there are more important things to worry about, but planning everything for our trip, even our meals, is part of the fun and it keeps us sustained until we can finally be in Kruger again :D

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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:50 pm

I have never noticed any potjie pots for hire in Kruger camken!
but then I have never tried to get one. :?
The pots that are supplied in the bungalows are very heavy based and might be able to be used to make a potjie in?
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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:24 pm

Hi camken, not a strange question at all.

Elsa is right, the pots in Kruger are very heavy based and quite suitable for potjie type dishes. We made a delicious slow cooked 'potjie type stew' while in Skukuza. We do sometimes take a potjie pot with us. This pot cooked meal tasted just as delicious.
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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by isinkwe » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:44 pm

Image camken

I will be in Lower Sabie in September , arriving in the afternoon of the 17th. I wont mind bringing my poitjie pot along for you to use on the 18 th if you like :thumbs_up: ( I will be arriving too late for you to make to make a proper poitjie on the 17 th)

Let me know if you would like me to bring a pot for you :thumbs_up: :D :D What size would you prefer , I have size 2 and 3 ?
Isn't it just amazing how potatoes give us fries and vodka? :D The rest of the vegetables should get their act together :rtm:

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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by camken » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:10 pm

Isinkwe you are amazing!!!
But sadly we leave the park early in the morning on the 18th :( :( :(
It is so kind of you to offer

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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by camken » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:58 pm

Elsa and MM, can these pots go on the fire?
I don't want to destroy Kruger property :naughty:

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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:08 pm

I am sure they could take being put onto the braai grid over the fire as they are very heavy based and metal handles but if you had to cook on the hot plates in the kitchen area on a low setting you could also get a good result.
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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by saraf » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:03 pm

camken wrote:Elsa and MM, can these pots go on the fire?
I don't want to destroy Kruger property :naughty:


We always assumed that the heavy pans were provided specifically because they were used on the braai and any ordinary pans would be destroyed.
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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:20 am

We cooked on a low heat on the stove, but I am sure that they are hardy enough for a grid. They really do have 'potjie' consistency.
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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by camken » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:37 am

Thank you everyone for your help :k
we'll use the pots in camp on the stove and I'm sure it will be fabulous

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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by Cape of Storms » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:26 pm

The pots in Kruger are great on a low a fire. We have made potjie in them. Most places have ones like in the picture. Image


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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by Mischief » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:12 pm

Camken,sorry joined this conversation a bit late.The pots are almost identical to the pictures that COS has posted and the bottom is made from cast iron.We have used them for a potjie before over a wood/charcoal fire at Satara before.Pack a pair of oven mitts! :D :D
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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by Hippotragus » Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:36 am

Very good point regarding the oven mitts, Mischief!! Amongst all the extra things I take, is a pair of oven gloves - there is nothing in the accommodation, other than folding a towel, if pots etc. are too hot to handle. I also take steak knives, as the knives provided are not sharp enough!
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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:23 am

Excellent advice Michief and Hipporagus. :thumbs_up: I also take cutting knives, as the ones provided are rather well used, so have lost their sharpness.
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Re: Very odd question- potjie pots in KNP?

Unread post by camken » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:35 pm

You guys are amazing!!
Thanks for the advice. We will use the pots on a low fire
I wouldn't have thought about oven mitts, so thanks Mischief

Still 4.5 months away, but cannot wait to spend a lazy afternoon cooking potjie and enjoying the view from the Stanley Guest House at Satara (first time in this kind of luxury)
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