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Latin/Caribbean Cooking Basics

In a beginner friendly environment, here's everything you need to know to start preparing and enjoying authentic Caribbean dishes. Learn what you need to keep on hand in the kitchen, essential ingredients, favorite and beginner recipes, where to buy ingredients, reader FAQs and tips, techniques and more.
  1. Glossary & Pronunciation (48)
  2. Techniques & How-To

Caribbean Cooking Gift Guide
Finding the perfect gift for a Caribbean cuisine foodie can be challenging. Here’s a list of great gifts which are sure to please.

Caribbean Vegetarian Recipes
Fresh fruits and vegetables are available year round in the Caribbean. It shouldn't be surprising that many delicious vegetarian dishes can be found around the islands.

Essential Cooking Equipment
Fortunately, Latin Caribbean cuisine doesn’t require a bunch of special cooking equipment. The following specialty pots, pans and utensils will help you in preparing your favorite recipes anytime.

Essential Pantry Items and Ingredients to Keep on Hand
Here is a list of essential pantry items you can keep on hand for cooking your favorite Caribbean dish anytime.

How to Peel a Plantain
Peeling a green or yellow plantain can be difficult and tricky. Follow this step by step photographic how-to guide and you can't go wrong.

How to Prepare Bacalao
The best method for soaking bacalao is to cover the fish with approximately 2 inches of cold water in a large bowl. Put the bowl in the refrigerator and soak for up to 3 days, changing the water at least 3 times a day.

Sofrito Recipe
Sofrito is a versatile, aromatic puree of tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, onions, and garlic. It's the foundation of many Latin Caribbean dishes.

Frying Ripe Plantains
Frying Ripe Plantains- a guide to choosing and frying ripe plantains.

Scotch Bonnet Chili
Learn about Scotch Bonnet hot peppers, how to use hot chili peppers and how they are used in cuisine.

Top 10 Essential West Indian Ingredients

There are certain ingredients that can be found in every Caribbean kitchen. However, there are variances depending on the cultural influence on individual countries. For example, in Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, an essential ingredient would be curry powder; for other countries, bay leaves and dried pasta are a must.

The following list of ingredients, however, you will find in all West Indian kitchens regardless of its make-up. These ingredients are at the top of the shopping list; these are the ingredients that give the cuisine its unique flavor and provide the key to many iconic West Indian meals.

Boil and Fry Caribbean Cooking Technique - What is Boil and Fry?
Boil and Fry Caribbean Cooking Technique - What is Boil and Fry?

What is ackee? Ackee is considered a fruit but it is cooked and used as a vegetable. This article is a guide to ackee and explains what it is and how to eat it.

What are accras? Here is a guide to types of Caribbean accras or fritters. Most of the Caribbean countries have some type of accra, though the name may vary from one place to another.

Learn about Caribbean souse in this article. Souse is a type of pickle that is made in the English-speaking Caribbean.

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