Romertopf Bay-Keramik Baker
I love cooking and baking! I’m no chef, and I didn’t sleep at a Holiday Inn last night. I love trying the old recipes; graham cracker pie, apple pie, bread pudding, and more. The old, full-tilt, comfort food.
Wayne and I had some errands downtown and did a round of thrift shops on our way back. This particular trip I was looking specifically for tin pie plates. I went to the box store a couple days ago and there were no aluminum pans in stock at all. I just wanted to make a couple pies to give away. I figure it was just as smart to purchase pie tins at the thrift shops and give them away as it was to buy brand new aluminum plates that would be thrown in the trash.
We stopped at a new thrift shop in Marmet. It was overwhelming. Pre-owned household goods were crammed in every open space. Some areas were well managed, other areas were just a jumbled mess. It would take hours to really scour the shelves for treasure.
Define treasure. Is treasure just a valuable jewel misidentified as costume jewelry? Is it a rare baseball card in a box full of ordinary cards? What I found may not end up being treasure, but it certainly was a bargain!
On a dusty shelf, one row up from the floor, I found it. A Romertopf Keramik, made in Germany red clay baking pot with lid. There was not a chip, or scratch. It appeared pristine. “This will make some killer bread,” I told Wayne. So he tucked it under his arm, football style, and we continued shopping.
We made our way through the store getting a feel for it, and deciding it would take more than a couple trips to really explore. Checking our watches we decided to head home. Betty probably needed out and it was getting late.
At the register, the owner confirmed there was no price tag on the baker. She looked up and offered, “Ten dollars?”
“I will do ten dollars.” I responded.
I was tempted to counter but decided that on my first trip I could accept her first offer. It wasn’t bad anyway.
Once we got home I gave the roaster a good hot water wash. I noted the spelling of the brand name so I could look it up. What I found really made my day!
That major online shopping company had several different versions of the pot, some made in Mexico, some in the U.S.A.. The one that matched mine was listed at over $110. (See screenshot).
I then checked the big auction site. Those prices ranged from $25 with shipping of $37, up to $79 and $14 shipping.
So now I am excited to start a sourdough sponge to make a loaf in it tomorrow!
I got two pie tins as well.