Caribbean Cooking: The Grater

large grater

Pictured above and below are some of the graters you will find in my kitchen.
Now, I know that most folks don’t have 3 or 4 graters sitting around but for me it is a necessity. Besides being obsessed with food, I also cook and bake for money so having a selection is almost necessary. For the average or occasional cook a single grater will do nicely. For a serious Caribbean cook, a grater is a must have.  In Caribbean kitchens graters are used for grating bananas for dumplings and porridge, cassava for bammy, bread, pudding pone and more.  How many Trinis and Jamaicans can picture cornmeal porridge without grated nutmeg?

Grated greeen banana

Of course, there are many other uses for a household grater in a Caribbean kitchen. Though many items like cassava can be bought grated and many people will argue for the convenience using a food processor; I am willing to bet that there are more Caribbean kitchens with at least one grater than without.

Grater green banana porridge II

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