Bean pots are great for cooking beans, soups, stews, and sauces, or anything that requires slow cooking. It is a wonderful choice to accompany any dinnerware set, and chances are you can find one that matches. What is really great is that the selection of these pots can do double duty as cookware and a serving accessory.
A bean pot, as defined, is actually a vessel that is generally made of ceramic or cast iron. It has a unique shape with a wide belly, a short neck and a narrow mouth. This design is supposed to minimize evaporation and retain heat so that the beans can be slow-cooked for a long time.
There is a famous pot in my family that is used for cooking beans. It belonged to my Grandpa who cooked the best pinto beans ever known. It is actually a Dutch oven that has a vent in the lid. I don't know for sure if it is stainless steel or aluminum cookware, but I do know that the beans taste different when they are cooked in that pot. We also use it to cook taco meat and chicken and dumplings, and Grandpa used to cook home-grown apples in it to make amazing apple sauce for breakfast.
It's not a pretty pot that would be ideal for serving, but my informal family leaves it on the stove and we serve from there. What is really great about it, is it carry on family traditions and brings back good memories from the past.