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TackySweater
Member since Dec 2020
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You ever cook stuff like gumbo and jambalaya in a large roaster pot?

For example

Never used one before but got a few things from a garage sale and one of these was included. I have a small cast iron pot that I have always used but it doesn’t make a big batch.

Wondering if I can start using this for bigger batches. It’s not that exact one in the link, but similar.

It’s a little worn and not in the best shape so I may look into getting a new one if it’s worth it. They don’t seem that expensive.

Any good brands? Things to look for or avoid in a new one? Is cast iron just better for cooking things like this? I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone use a pot like this to do gumbo, jambalaya, etc. except for magnalite pots, which I guess are pretty similar?


Gaston
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Absolutely. They’re clutch for browning a batch of seasoned chicken thighs to start the whole process.


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Baers Foot
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My dad makes his gumbo in a big Magnalite roaster. Just gotta keep your eye if you make your roux in it, probably quicker to burn than a cast iron pot.


tenfoe
Member since Jun 2011
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big Magnalite roaster.


If you don’t have a long burner it will cook different in the middle than on the sides so need to be vigilant. I just slide the pot around on the burner every couple minutes to try and even out the heat. Probably doesn’t work that well but makes me feel like I’m doing something.


slinger1317
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Member since Sep 2005
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Yea I’ve cooked many gumbos in a Magnalite pot like that. It spans 2 burners so I just position it accordingly. Sometimes have to move it around/stir a little more but it’s great for a big batch.


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jamiegla1
Member since Aug 2016
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I have a 13 qt Magnalite that I use for gumbo. 1000x times easier to lug around than my cast iron


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TackySweater
Member since Dec 2020
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If you don’t have a long burner it will cook different in the middle than on the sides so need to be vigilant.


Excellent point. Didn’t even think about that.

Do you think it would be different on a banjo burner on an outdoor setup?


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Jj283
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It’s all I use to cook gumbo. I have them in three sizes.


TackySweater
Member since Dec 2020
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It’s all I use to cook gumbo. I have them in three sizes.


Do you have an oval shaped burner?


fatsdominos
Member since Jul 2019
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I’ve eaten so many gumbos out of magnalite pots, I didn’t know they were used for anything else.


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CHEDBALLZ
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I cook 90% of soups, stews, gumbo and roast in there.


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BlackPot
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I use one just like that all the time for gumbo. I hate having to dig to the bottom of a soup pot for meat. This makes it way easier. Wife bitches that it doesn't "feel" like a gumbo.


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REB BEER
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Never jambalaya, but we cook all kinds of other stuff in ours. Gumbo, meatball stew, etc.


Emteein
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Member since Jun 2011
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You ever cook stuff like gumbo and jambalaya in a large roaster pot?



I haven't, but my mother in law uses that exact roaster pot for gumbo, chili, beef stew, damn near anything that you'd serve with a spoon.


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NOFOX
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Member since Jan 2014
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I use my enameled cast iron Dutch oven (either round or oval) if cooking for just my family. Use one of my larger stockpots if feeding more people.

You can definitely use that one.
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Jj283
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Houma
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Do you have an oval shaped burner?


No. On largest one I can catch two burners. The others I just put my largest burner in the middle. I haven’t found it to be a Huge deal. Just have to move stuff around.

I had an oval on my previous stove, and had to do the same thing to some degree.


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TackySweater
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Never jambalaya, b


Any particular reason for that?


Panny Crickets
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Any particular reason for that?


Need a cast iron pot for dat.


TackySweater
Member since Dec 2020
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I’ve done both cast iron and non cast iron for jambalaya and it comes out fine. Again, this won’t be relaxing my cast iron, just giving me a bigger option.


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LeGrosChat
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Bangladesh
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Yes, all the time. My oval mag is used all the time. I just position over both burners. Works great for jambalaya and looks a little odd for gumbo because not round. I no longer care for black cast iron pots and sometimes they impart an iron flavor to food.


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