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Copper Pot
updated: May 24, 2011, 2:18 PM

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My husband is a chef and has been looking for a good quality copper caso to cook carnitas. We have only been able to find cheap casos (white metal) or small copper ones. Since he does catering we are looking for one that is restaraunt size. Other than going to Mexico, is there somewhere locally that carries them, custom makes them, or somewhere that we can order it and have it shipped?


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 COMMENT 176320 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 02:50 PM

Hubby is a chef and doesn't know ?... OK I'll bite; Sur la Table on State or William Sonoma in La Cumbre ..

 

 COMMENT 176326 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 02:58 PM

@176320 Uhhhh Sur La Table and/or William Sonoma definitely do not carry what the poster is talking about. I'd recommend asking some of the local taquerias. Most likely a restaurant supply shop, which means you will have to drive to Ventura or Oxnard.

 

 COMMENT 176330 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 03:08 PM

try ebay...

 

 COMMENT 176333 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 03:09 PM

Try the swap meet on Sundays in Goleta or Ventura.

 

 COMMENT 176337 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 03:17 PM

320- You are probably thinking of just the regular copper cooking pots. A caso is like a large copper tub that the lard is melted in over a large open flame (preferably in a dirt pit) and then the pork is placed in the boiling lard.

326- His next stop is the Oxnard swap meet, SB swap meet has the before mentioned crappy white metal one, I was hoping someone knew of somewhere specific though. I have tried searching online and have only found small ones.

 

 COMMENT 176338 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 03:21 PM

Roadtrip - go to Mexico, you'll have memories each time you use it.

 

 COMMENT 176342 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 03:31 PM

Lard is really bad for you.

 

 ARTEMISIA agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 03:31 PM

My husband made great carnitas just by boiling the pork in salted water for a long time. Eventually the water boils away, the pork is tender, and then you just saute it in its own remaining fat. No lard needed. Can't help you with finding the caso pot, though, sorry.

 

 COMMENT 176356 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 04:25 PM

What about Santa Cruz Market?

 

 COMMENT 176388P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 05:55 PM

I found this on Amazon

 

 COMMENT 176403 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 06:36 PM

OMG! i posted what your question was in google....and you have the same question in many forms and or websites....im sure you will get some great feedback....but everything i can find for you is about you

 

 COMMENT 176406P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 06:44 PM

I found this one on ebay:
link
It's 22" across, it's the largest I've been able to find so far anywhere.

 

 COMMENT 176408P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 06:47 PM

And then I found this site:
link
They have an even larger one, 36". NOT cheap.

 

 COMMENT 176433P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 08:29 PM

There was a big ol' copper pot on Craigslist yesterday... under antiques or farm and garden.... $75.

 

 COMMENT 176445P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 09:13 PM

Amigo: Are you sure you can't cook carnitas just as sabroso in a plain ol' iron pan/pot? Puerco won't know the difference.
--Don Juan de SB

 

 COMMENT 176446 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 09:22 PM

408P Thanks so much for the help! I've been searching under 'caso' but I think we'll have better luck online with 'cazo'. The medium size one might work for my hubby for now. Thanks again!

 

 COMMENT 176458 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 10:42 PM

Mayo's @ 2704 De la Vina.

 

 COMMENT 176459 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-24 11:05 PM

356- the ones at Santa Cruz are too small.

408P- after looking at the dimensions with a measuring tape the medium size is still pretty small, hubby was quite impressed with size of the huge one but way out of our price range. Thanks for the help though.

445P- Though I'm not the chef in the family the thing that matters the most is the size, big difference cooking for a few and cooking for a hundred people. I'm guessing there is probably some structural and/or heat properties of the copper that also make it ideal instead of a regular iron pot/pan.

 

 COMMENT 176506P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-25 07:35 AM

I'd first investigate just how big a dose of copper one might get from eating out of a heated pan- it is a micronutrient thst gets toxic in pretty small amounts and you may already be getting plenty from copper pipes.

That could be why it isn't available in the US of A.

 

 COMMENT 176591 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-25 09:18 AM

Copper cookware is usually lined with tin or stainless steel. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions against using unlined copper for general cooking because the metal is relatively easily dissolved by some foods with which it comes in contact, and in sufficient quantities can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

 

 COMMENT 176674 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-25 11:54 AM

I have a large one tinned on the inside I am happy to sell.

 

 COMMENT 176690 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-05-25 12:44 PM

Hi, Talk to the really nice man who owns the market at de la Vina and Alamar. He has an amazing collection they use in the market and can help you out. Did you know that after a certain size they are sold by weight?
Good luck.

 

 

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