AFRICAN COOKING UTENSILS
Saturday August 31, 2013
Downtown Culver City
9300 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, 92000
Traditional African cooking utensils include large cast-iron pots, wooden mortars, pestles, stone and wooden grinders, wooden and metal spoons and firewood.
African food consists of a variety of vegetables, meats, many different spices and sometimes rice. African cooking is unique because it is usually done outside, rather than in a traditional indoor kitchen found in other parts of the world.
African cuisine is varied and diverse, but also has a lot of common tools and equipment for cooking traditional African foods. Although it is difficult to generalize all tribes in Africa as a whole when it comes to food and cooking techniques, there are some similarities.
• African cooking uses a lot of dried grain and corn, as well as spices that need to be ground up. A mortar and pestle is the perfect piece of kitchen equipment for this type of application . In some parts of Africa, the mortar and pestle is shaped out of heavy stone, but in others it is formed out of wood.
• The potjie is a deep, round, cast iron pot with three legs. . Potjies spread throughout Africa but are particularly tied to South African culture and cooking
• A tagine is a distinctive, ceramic pot. The shallow pot also doubles as a serving dish. It gets its distinctive appearance from a long cone-shaped lid. The tagine is traditionally used in North Africa and is said to have originated in Morocco.
A thick and sturdy cast-iron pot is a central piece of equipment for African cooking. The pot may be balanced over the fire using stones, or hung above the fire. The pot may also be placed directly into the fire or on hot coals s. The pot serves as an oven, a frying pan , a roaster and communal bowl, all at once. It is most often used to make porriddges and stews using meats and vegetables.
• A calabash is typically used for holding and serving food. It is a dried gourd, hollowed and cut into a bowl shape. The calabash is such an African icon that Johannesburg's Soccer City Stadium was renovated to resemble one in 2010.