- A method of heating water for cooking by placing hot stones in
it. This was one of the earliest forms of cooking among Indians,
and was practiced when containers were too fragile to stand direct contact
with the fire.
Stone boiling was done in baskets made
watertight by being lined with clay or pitch, or bark containers.
Among some of the Plains Indians a hole was made in the ground, which was
lined with a hide, or a buffalo's or deer's paunch was suspended from four
sticks stuck in the ground. Such containers were filled with water,
and the stones to be added were placed in a fire and heated red hot.
They were lifted one by one with a pair of sticks, or tongs, and dropped
into the water. When the water began to boil the food was placed
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