May 15, 2010
First attempt at boiling
Boiling – using a large metal cauldron vs. a smaller soapstone vessel
The metal cauldron was hung up over the fire while the soapstone vessel was planned to be heated using the residual heat from the cauldron.
For this experiment, 4 litres of water was used in the metal cauldron
The cauldron is hung from the lowest link of the chain.
10:22 the cauldron was placed over the fire
10:33 some fizzing and steam
10:44 small bubbles appeared
11.06 it was now boiling
Time spent 56 min.
Observation: it might be a good idea to feed the fire with smaller pieces of fire wood when it has gotten to the point of simmering, so that one could speed up the push towards boiling
Next try was placed 2 links up on the largest kettlechain. At the start the cauldron was somewhat warm
11:40 Commencing the attempt
11:51 some light steeam
12:01 some fizzing noises
12:24 more fizzing noises
12:59 small bubbles is forming around the rim
13:03 heavy simering
13:04 The water is boiling
Tme spent 1 h 24 min
Possible distractions; A class of young students was present, so the fire was difficult to maintain properly
Soapstonevessel on the side of the fire using only embers
filled with 4 litres of water
13:34 some steam
14:06 a slight fizzing sound
14:10 small bubbles at the rim of the vessel
14:38 the attempt is abondoned
Time spent 1h 32 min
By the end of the attempt the embers had started to fade due to a lengthy conversation with the observing tourists
Observation; it was however difficut to maintain enough embers around the whole vessel – the lack of proper implements to move the embers made the process more difficult. Some problem may be due to the fact that I started with cold water – if the soapstone vessel was used in
Two possibilities; I could either build a fire around the pot with finely cut firewoods or make sure that only aktive embers lies around the pot.
The trial of tomorrow
Boil a larger amount of water (10 litres in the big cauldron)
At the same time keep the soapstone vessel hot with embers and the heat from the main fire.
As the water is boiling it is moved from the larger vessel to the smaller.
Hypothesis When cooking by a hearth it might have been practical to have a larger cauldron in which water or stock was boiling (Perhaps something to think about when composing a complete menu
If time and resources allow… I’ll cook some bones in the cauldron and crushed barley in the soapstone vessel.