What is a Bastible?

A bastible was a flat-bottomed, cast iron pot used for baking, largely in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Ireland. It was suitable for use on open fires, or it could be suspended above the fire.

A bastible was often used to bake bread but was also used to cook other food, such as meat and poultry. It was the most useful item in many Irish homes.

The name 'bastible' is thought to have come from the town Barnstable in Kent, England, which is said to be the origin of this type of cooking vessel.