, is that you in your avatar? You have an incredible resemblance to my brother!
I agree about many new things being exciting and previousely unimaginable, the problem is just that many of the really good old things get lost in that process. It'd be perfect if we could have both.
For example: I have a 100 year old item that you put on top of a pot's lid and clamp it down under the handles. It holds the lid closed very tightly and thus shortens the cooking duration considerably. It's the predecessor of those modern steam pots with the valve in the lid (of which I am always a bit scared). It's such a handy device and nobody makes them anymore
I'll take a photo tonight and post it here.
So it's similar to a pressure cooker, but not a pressure cooker?
One could buy a cast iron pot with lid. Saw it on amazon just today. People use it for cooking, stewing, braising, and baking. If I didn't have a ceramic range top, I'd get one. Gotta be careful with those ceramic tops. Next time, I'll get a gas range with electric oven combo--heavy pots are no problem.