I found a very old pot in my very old house. I suspect it to be carbon steel, for the following reasons:
- It's rusty
- It's magnetic
- It looks a lot like the carbon steel pans that were stored with it, except it's the shape of a pot
I would like to use it for the same purposes one usually uses a pot: cooking rice, boiling water etc.
I am wondering how that works though:
- If I follow the same processes as with a carbon steel pan, I would always have a thin layer of oil on the walls and bottom. Can one cook rice or pasta in such a pot, with boiling water?
- If I season but I don't add a thin layer of oil everytime, I am afraid the pot will rust very quickly
Does anybody know how to use such a pot?
Side note on why:
I am well aware that using another pot would be simpler. The reasons why I am asking this question are the following:
- The goal is to use the pot over a wood fire. The aforementioned pot used to be used in such a setting, thus wouldn't be dirtied by doing so. Conversely I don't have other pots whose cleanliness I would be willing to sacrifice
- The goal is also to give a new life to this pot, which is probably a century old, and use it the same way the previous inhabitants of this house did
- More generally, I am interested to know how cumbersome it would be to use it
Thanks in advance for the help