If you are reading this blog, you are curious about dishes to cook for Jamaican Emancipation Day. Well, you are in the right place!
Certain sources state: August 1, Emancipation Day in Jamaica is a public holiday and part of a week-long cultural celebration, during which Jamaicans also celebrated Jamaican Independence on August 6, 1962. Both August 1 and August 6 are public holidays... According to author Wilson, Amber, traditionally, people would keep at a vigil on July 31 and at midnight ring church bell and play drums in parks and public squares to re-enact the first moments of freedom for enslaved Africans.
In addition to the week-long celebration, there is always space for food, drinks, and dancing. However, let us focus on the food.
There is a numerous selection of food choices at events like these. The choices include Soups, Escavites Fish, Festival, Ackees & Salt Fish, Curry Goat, Fry Chicken, etc... I can go on. One of the main dishes is our Jamaican Jerk. This can be Jerk: Chicken, Pork, or Seafood.
At this point, you must be wondering why the Jerk is so essential. The Jerk method is a technique taught to us by our African Ancestors (Slaves). The origin of this cooking method is from the colony of Taino of the Caribbean. These people were in the Caribbean before the African Slave arrive. Upon the slaves' arrival and settling, the Taino people taught this method of cooking.
Jamaican Jerk is famous for slow cooking, the use of Pimento (green) wood, Pimento beans aka allspice, and the Scotch Bennett Peppers (spicy and flavorful). Most of all, the smokey flavor!
We understand the modern time, and we cannot celebrate this holiday the way we would like to; however, we can still cook our favorite meals with a twist.
In Jamaica, they Jerk their meat on a grill or Jerk pan. Here in America, I only have my oven. So, I created this kit to help others explore the flavors of our ancestors.
The TasteALikkle LLC Jerk Kit includes the Just Add Meat Jerk Marinade, Jerk sauce, a Festival Flour Mix, a Snack, and a drink.
The Just Add Meat Marinade is easy to use. Its 2 oz of Marinade for 1 pounds (lb.) of meats. The instructions are included for cooking your choice of protein. This can be used with chicken, pork, goat, land, seafood, any protein of your choice.
If you are in the U.S. A. you would appreciate and understand the frustration of traveling to more than one store to find our favorite spices. This kit eliminate the search and saves to you time and money.
These ingredients are directly from the island of Jamaica. We only use authentic ingredients and spices. These spices is so flavorful it will trigger memories from eating Jerk from the pan in Jamaica. In each kit there is a marinade of 8 oz, this can cook up to 4 lb. of meat or 8 lb. of seafood and vegetables.
Impress a love on or In-laws, of you can buy the kit as a gift. The kit a beginner friendly that the chef does not need a cooking skill to master the Jerk dinner.
So do hesitate to try our kit today! All the spices and ingredients need to celebrate Emancipation Day!
Photo Credit: CandiceCrooks