Stocking up in the kitchen – Caribbean style.
In some ways I would describe Caribbean cooking as a bit of an enigma, many people love the exotic flavours but struggle with identifying the ingredients – be it by name or taste. If you’re interested in Caribbean cooking but don’t know where to start with purchasing items or what items are a must have, then have no fear as help is on the way.
Here is a list of items frequently used in Caribbean cooking or atleast items you’ll find in an islanders kitchen/pantry. As my website offers a healthier twist some of things listed are healthier substitutes with the predecessor in brackets.
Sweetener – Palm sugar (Healthy alternative to brown sugar)
Vegetable oils – Olive oil, Coconut oil (Healthy alternative to places butter)
Herbs and Spices
Coriander/ Parsley (not typical but commonly used)
Caribbean curry powder (preblend of different spices)
Coconut aminos (Healthy alternative soy(a)
Himalayan pink salt (Healthy alternative to white salt)
Soursap , mango, pineapple, Coconut, papaya, orange, jackfruit, guinep, banana, lime
Cassava, yam, sweet potato, green banana, plantain, dasheen, breadfruit, butternut squash/pumpkin, scallion, cho cho/chayote, okra
Legumes – Kidney beans, butter beans, cow peas, congo beans, pigeon peas, black beans
Sauce – Hot pepper sauce, green seasoning