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Old 04-01-2012, 03:19 AM   #1
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Calderos - help!!!!

Hi!! I am hoping someone can help me find a good heavy caldero without a non-stick coating!!! I saw reviews for the imusa set and they mainly said they are too thin. My rice and Gandules taste great from my stainless steel pot, but I want a traditional pot like my grandmothers. And of course, pageo is not the same in my pot!

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Old 04-01-2012, 11:05 AM   #2
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What did Mama have? The heavy aluminum kind available in Mexico from aluminum foundries?



The home page of the site that offered this one is down for maintenance. Perhaps they will come back to life. They appear to be in the Philippines.

I don't know how heavy this one is:



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This is at K-Mart. It's K-Mart, and the description is also in Spanish. So many of their customer base knowing exactly what a caldero should be, this might be it. Or is it just another Imusa?


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Other than that, cast iron Dutch oven type pots are, of course, an alternative. In Texas, calderos tend to be cast iron.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:28 AM   #3
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I think that second one is the imusa with a mon-stick interior but the first one looks promising. Going to try looking them up. Thank you. The one my grandmother had was the heavy cast aluminum kind.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:46 PM   #4
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Some of the old heavy cast aluminum Dutch ovens may be the closest thing easily available to the old cast product.

Look at this one:
VINTAGE 5 QUART HEAVY CAST ALUMINUM MAGNALITE ROASTER CHILI SOUP STOCK POT PAN | eBay

And
Vintage FIRESTONE CAST ALUMINUM 5/6 Qt Stock Pot W/Lid - VGUC | eBay

Vintage Cast Aluminum Lo Flame USA 10" Dutch Oven Roaster Pot with Lid | eBay

Cast Aluminum Club Hammercraft Dutch Oven 4.5 qt Great Camp Fire Pot With Handle | eBay

CAST RITE WARE-LARGE 10"~VINTAGE ALUMINUM ROUND ROASTER/POT | eBay

There are more:
cast aluminum pot | eBay
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i've seen the all aluminum ones in hispanic/asian markets near me. i know it's supposed to be safe to use, but i feel kinda funny about cooking in uncoated aluminum. do you season aluminum like you would cast iron?

i've had my eye on a really neat, 6 qt. cast iron dutch oven with a recessed lid (for holding hot coals) that has a big boy scout symbol (the fleur de lis) cast into it.
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yes you should season aluminum unless it is hard anodyzed.
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