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Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
by Kesha Stewart, Associate Writer
Jamaicans may be short on cash but definitely not on flavor. We add zest to everything, especially food. One distinctive way we “spice things up” is preparing foods in the Jerk method.
Nothing is exempted from this culinary style! From chicken, lamb, goat to pineapple, jackfruit and mangoes, cauliflower or pack-choi, rest assured, Jamaicans can jerk anything.
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If you are envious of trying out this spicy, flavor filled exotic Jamaican style then I suggest that you get the right seasonings.
A secret, so to speak, of Jamaican jerk is based on the seasonings. You can choose to go natural and fix up your seasoning at home - the jerk gurus have several suggestions, or you can pop open a jar of Jamaican jerk seasonings, some folks prefer to snip a sachet of the dried seasoning. Either way can work.
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I should add that jerk is more than just seasoning; it’s also a method of cooking practiced by the Maroons, the first free people of colour in Jamaica.
However, you can always experiment and try to come as closely as possible to the authentic taste they perfected which is now continued at jerk pits and kitchens across the island, particularly at the eastern end like Portland - home of the famous Boston Jerk- (highly recommended).
So have fun trying. Just imagine the many envious palates you could satisfy. Grab your apron and let’s go.
You Will Need (Ingredients):
It's simple, just blend all ingredients in a suitable food processor.
(Go for a nice and sticky texture).
Alternatively, you may pound with a mortar and pestle until thoroughly combined. Essentially your mixture should spread easily.
The vinegar will act as a preservative allowing your creation to keep for up to a year without refrigeration.
Truth be told there are a lot of copycats there, so if you decide to reach for the jar here are some of the most creditable and trusted producers and distributors of Jamaican jerk seasoning. These are great for gift baskets.
And by the way, most of them can be found online at Amazon. Here is the link on Amazon.
Some of the brands highlighted in this piece have dry versions of their jerk seasonings which you can order online or pick up at your favourite Jamaican (or Caribbean) store as well, just ask :-)
So whether you decide to make it from scratch, buy a jar or sachet, you are on now on your way to enjoying your meals in a fresh new way, Jamaican style :-)
While you're at it, try our all purpose seasonings as well.
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