Rumtopf?

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Hello, has anyone seen these for sale in Berlin? My visitor wants to buy one tomorrow if possible! I've only seen them advertised secondhand or online. 

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I don't know about Berlin but in Munich the souvenir departments in department stores or souvenir stores sell them. Perhaps at the HBH or airport as well.

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Thanks for the idea Fraufruit. (With a hat like yours you should be expert on the subject!)

We were chatting to a German woman today who said you can use any ceramic pot with a lid; it doesn't need to be a complete seal. But she wants to buy something that looks like a Rumtopf!

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A Rumtopf may not be what your visitor is wanting to buy, unless she is unusually keen on high strength sugar-cane alcohol-preserved fruit concoctions.

 

The typical  brown earthenware ovenproof cookware item suitable for slow-cooking or braising is actually called a Römertopf*.

 

It is called a Römertopf because it is a reproduction of a style of cookware used by the Romans, examples of which were discovered at a number of archeological excavations in the Rhine valley settlements during the late 18th C (IIRC).

 

There are two chain stores in Germany whose branches, wherever they still exist, will always be sure to have them in stock - Galeria-Kaufhof and Karstadt.

 

HTH

 

2B

 

ETA:: *Römertopf is a worldwide trademark of Römertopf-Keramik GmbH. Similar articles are offered by other German and foreign makers of near-identical items albeit usually called Keramikofen or Keramik Bräter.

 

Do be sure to warn your visitor that

1) the article should be soaked in water for 15 minutes before use, at least until it has been 'seasoned' (which may take being used from 6 to 12 times) and

2) in order to avoid it being split or shatttered due to temperature shock when removing it from a hot oven it should always be placed on a wooden or cork surface to cool and never directly on any metal, glass or ceramic surface

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Pictures are worth more than words.

Rumtopf

1-Gallon Stoneware Pickling Crock

Roemertopf

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You can see there is no way of confusing one for the other.

And in any case, I hope your friend will enjoy what she creates.  Why not get both?  

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Hi 2B,  "A Rumtopf may not be what your visitor is wanting to buy, unless she is unusually keen on high strength sugar-cane alcohol-preserved fruit concoctions."  This is exactly what she wants!!.

 

Kathelitz, those are very discreet looking rumtopfs (Rumtöpfe?) The ones we remember seeing are much kitschier, with fruity ceramic motifs. We didn't find any in Berlin today, she'll probably have more luck back in London!

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Some incredibly kitschy Rumtoepfe are available from amazon.co.uk!

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