A bogrács is a heavy pot used to cook outdoors, usually over a wood fire. It has a distinctive round shape and is made with either stainless steel, porcelain, cast iron, or cooper with some pots containing an enameled coating. Bogrács can come in a variety of sizes from small to very large. In English, the term bogrács is translated as “kettle“, “cauldron” or “stewpot“.
Bogrács was originally used by herdsmen for preparing “gulyás“, a hearty stewed soup containing meat and vegetables. These men worked in the fields far away from their villages and required food that would sustain them throughout the long harsh winters.
Today, bogrács is still widely used especially at outdoor gatherings. Some restaurants will even use bogrács as an ornamental item when serving “gulyás“.
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