Cooking in Haiti

Cooking in Haiti is very different then cooking at home. First of all they do most of their cooking outside – they hardly ever use the stove! Second of all, they cook very different foods than in America, and often eat the same things over and over again.

Cooking outside also looks different. Homes in Haiti are very small with hardly anything inside except for a bed, so everyone has an outdoor kitchen.  Usually, if you look out on the mountains you might see smoke and someone is making charcoal or dinner. They usually have a container for charcoal, pots and pans, and a container for water. They often do not have an refrigerator.

Making meat sauce

In Haiti, they eat different things because in the country there are not many stores. They have to go to the local market and buy cheap things like pasta, rice, and beans. They also use foods that grow on trees here, such as oranges, bananas, plantains, mangoes, avocados, papayas, and breadfruit. They usually fry or boil there food.

In conclusion, I like to watch and help cook. I like to eat the food, but I would not want to work in an outdoor kitchen every day.

A charcoal stove

 

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