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by Jolene Hanig-Jones
"Anyone remember these?" I've seen granite ware roasters and canners posted on Facebook with the aforementioned question. Yes, in days of yore, these items were popular in most homes. You had your roaster for roasting meats. (I still use ours for roasting turkey.) The granite ware canner was a much needed item for sterilizing jars and "putting up" canned fruits and vegetables.
I helped my grandma, mom and aunts can beans with this piece of granite ware. Grandma had a fully stocked cellar with canned peaches, beans, tomatoes, corn, and so much more at the end of each summer.
Today, you can find many granite ware pieces at thrift stores for very little money. Over the winter, I started collecting granite ware from Goodwill and flea markets. I had a vision of using them as planters in my summertime garden. I was able to pick up most roasters for around $2.00. All one needs to do is drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage. I envisioned the dark blue metal containers contrasting nicely with the bright colors of summer flowers. Here is a sampling of planted granite ware.
I thought it would be fun to have herbs in my "kitchen" garden. (My "kitchen herb garden" is located on the deck just outside of our kitchen and next to the grill. Location! Location! Location!) This roaster contains sage. While I don't use the herbs much for summer cooking, I do like to use the sage in summer arrangements. The leaves have great color and texture.
I used one roaster as a riser for the pot of basil in red. The large granite ware pail contains a second pot of basil. In the second pot, I planted the basil in a terra cotta pot. (Some call terra cotta pots the work horses of the garden.) I had read on line that some people were concerned about metal pots heating up the soil, too much, for plants. I decided I would leave the basil in a terra cotta pot and place the whole pot in the granite ware pail.
There you have it! Granite ware roasters, containers, pots, and pans can have a new life in your summer garden. I haven't quite figured out what do do with the granite ware roaster lids? Any suggestions?
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