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Friday, August 6, 2010

The cast iron spider

This is a cast iron spider. No, not a creepy crawly.

The spider was a skillet with legs, meant to be used over fire or coals. They're no longer made.

Some had longer legs than the one pictured.

There used to be recipes for "spider cornbread", similar to "skillet cornbread" recipes today.

You can use jiffy mix, or this recipe.

I've seen dutch ovens and potjies mistakenly referred to as "spiders", but they're not. A spider is a skillet or fry pan, not a pot.

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