FAQ's, Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. Are Oxtails really from ox's?
A. No Oxtails are actually Beef tails.
Q. Is breadfruit a type of bread?
A. It is a fruit that is cooked, it is found in the Tropics, Caribbean and Pacific Islands
Q. What is cow cod?
A. The bull's penis and it is used as meat in soups.
Q. What is Calaloo?
A. It is a leafy green vegetable that resembles spinach.
Q. Is harddough bread hard?
A. No, it is a heavy sweet bread.
Q. What is Ackee?
A. Ackee is the national fruit of JamaicA. a staple in Caribbean & Pacific Island cuisine
Q. What is Burnt Goat Heads?
A. It is Goat Heads that have been torched or roasted over an open flame and
,used to make soups or stew.
Q. Is Swai Fillet farm raised or wild caught?
A. Farm raised
Q. What is Escoveitched Fish?
A. It is fish (usually some type of Snapper) that is fried, then covered with a
,sauce of peppers, onions, carrots and vinegar.
Q. What is Busta Candy?
A. A hard candy with a coconut base, named after a past Jamaican Premier
Q. How is Ackee sold?
A. It may be fresh or canned.
Q. What is Blue Soap?
A. A type of laundry soap
Q. Where can I buy Ackee?
A. Oxtails Corp, West Palm Beach , Fl
Q. What is bammy?
A. A flat, round ,thick, wafer , made of pressed cassava(yuca)
Q. What is Bissy?
A. Bissy is ground Kola Nut, usually used as a tea. Sweetened with honey or sugar
,Brewed for cleansing the body of toxic substances.
Q. What is Arrowroot used for?
A. To make a porridge. It is easily digestible, used in baby foods & for bowel
Q. What is Coconut Water?
A. It is the juice of the coconut fruit. It may be drunk fresh , or processed.
Q. What is Oxtail Complete Seasoning?
A. A savory homemade seasoning, made specifically for Oxtail Stews
Q. What is Milo?
A. A fortified drink, may be hot or cold. Commonly called The drink of Champions
Q. What is Senna Pod?
A. Senna may used to aid in weight loss, or to treat colon issues.
Q. What is Andrews Salts?
A. An effervescent powder used as an antacid for the relief of upset stomach and indigestion.
Q. What is Baba Roots?
A. A tonic drink, made from a mixture of roots. Supposedly an energiser
Q. What is Eucalyptus Oil used for?
A. Found in AustraliA. it may be used as a disinfectant. Aromatic scent may help
,to clear the nasal passage.
Q. What is Ribena Syrup?
A. A concentrated syrup drink, made from berries. Vitamin C
Q. What is Mountain Peak Coffee?
A. A Jamaican brewed coffee. Internationally famous.
Q. What is Festival Mix?
A. A flour like dough mixture, which is fried and usually eaten with fried fish
Q. What is Geera used for?
A. An East Indian spice, coriander & cumin mix. It has a potent smell.
Q. What is Coconut Powder?
A. It is the processed dried form of the coconut fruit.
Q. What is Lalu?
A. It is a green similar to turnip or collard greens. Mostly eaten by Haitians
Q. Is Jerk seasoning spicy?
A. Jerk seasoning comes in hot and mild.
Q. Is Lemon Grass spicy?
Q. What meat is Rosemary best on?
A. Beef, Pork and chicken.
Q. What is the main ingredient in Hotdogs?
A. Beef, Pork or Chicken
Q. What are the ingredients in Beef Stew?
A. Pure beef
Q. What is the difference between ground meat and hamburger meat?
A. None, they are the same.
Q. How do you brown meat?
A. Oil, browning sauce and a frying pan
Q. How do you cook Pigs feet?
A. The BBQ is the best way.
Q. How do you cook Goat legs?
A. Goat legs are cooked as slices or as stew.
Q. What is chicken steak?
A. Chicken steak is tender beef from the cow shoulder.
Q. What whole fish is best for frying?
Q. How do you know when shrimp are done?
A. They turn red.
Q. What is the most flaky fish?
Q. Why is fish salted?
A. So refrigeration is not needed
Q. How long do you cook clams?
A. Until they open.
Q. How long do you cook mussels?
A. Until they open.
Q. Is Bay leaf a herb used in cooking stews?
Q. What is the medicinal use of Cod liver Oil?
A. It is a good source of vitamins A & D and soothes aches and pains from arthritis.
Q. Is Cod Liver Oil better to take in capsule form or liquid?
A. It does not matter which form it is taken in.
Q. What is Benjamin's Gentian Violet?
A. Gentian violet is an antiseptic dye used to treat fungal infections of the skin eg. ring worm. It is also used as an antibacterial for minor cuts and scrapes
,It is also used as an antibacterial for minor scrapes and bruises.
Q. What is Benjamin's Kananga Water?
A. Commonly used in rituals of home protection and spiritual cleaning, also for the relief of aches from feverish conditions.
Q. What is Rose Water used for?
A. Mostly used to flavor food.
Q. What is Dettol Antiseptic?
A. It is a liquid that can be used as a household cleaning agent as well as to clean cuts and scratches.
Q. What is the use of Topiclear Cream and Soap?
A. These are skin treatment products.
Q. What is Castile soap?
A. It is a soap of vegetable fat origin instead of animal fat.
Q. What is Shiling Oil used for?
A. Temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain.
Q. What is the difference between green and yellow plantains?
A. Yellow are sweet, green or not.
Q. Are collard greens green?
Q. In what ways can you use Coconut Milk for cooking?
A. Can be used in your rice and peas, stewed peas and red peas soup.
Q. What beans are best for cooking Chili?
A. Kidney beans
Q. Are Pinto beans used to make hummus?
A. Chick peas or garbanzo beans are used for hummus.
Q. Is all Curry powder spicy?
Q. What is Matouks Flambeau?
A. Hot sauce made from aged pickled scotch bonnet peppers.
Q. Is Ginger Mint Tea good for soothing upset stomach?
A. Yes it is.
Q. What do you use beef blood for?
A. To make sausage.
Q. How do you cook Chicken Feet?
A. In a soup or stews.
Q. What is Chitterling Loaf?
A. Cooked chitterling heat and eat.
Q. What is a safe storage for Rabbit meat?
A. Refrigerate at 40' F or below. Use within two days or freeze.
Q. How do you safely thaw rabbit meat?
A. Refrigerate for two days, submerge in cold water changing the water every thirty minutes to thaw.
Q. What kind of bacteria can be found in ground beef?
A. E. Coli
Q. What is the best way to thaw ground beef?
A. In the refrigerator, cook or refreeze within one -two days.
Q. Is it safe to partially cook ground beef to use later?
Q. What can you freeze?
A. Anything but canned food and egg shells.
Q. Does freezing destroy bacteria and parasites?
A. Freezing to 0'F inactivates any microbes, bacteria, yeasts, and molds. Trichina and other parasites can be destroyed by sub-zero freezing temperatures.
Q. Does freezer burn make food unsafe?
Q. Does a change in color indicate spoilage in chicken?
A. Yes, dark or fading.
Q. What is a Fowl / Hard Chicken?
A. A chicken to make soup
Q. What meat can you buy smoked?
A. All meats can be smoked, Neck bones, turkey, Beef, Pork, Fish
Q. Does Star Anise have a licorice flavor?
A. Yes, it does.
Q. What is Blue Bomber soap used for?
A. Laundry soap used to make your white clothes whiter.
Q. What does Canadian Healing Oil do?
A. Provides temporary relief from muscle aches and pain, arthritic and rheumatic conditions
Q. What is scrapple?
A. Pork mush. Scapple may contain pork skin, pork heart, pork liver, pork tounge, and even pork brains.
Q. Where do pork chitterlings come from?
A. The intestines of a pig or other animals.
Q. What is smoked jowl?
A. Smoked jowl comes from hogs cheeks.
Q. What is belly tripe?
A. Tripe is usually made from only the first three chambers of a cows stomach, the rumen, the reticulum, and the omasum. Tripe is also produced from sheep, goats, pigs and deer.
Q. What are some of the leanest cuts of meat?
A. Top sirlion steak, round tip roast, 95% of lean ground beef, flat half brisket, shoulder steak, top lion steak, flank steak, rib-eye steak, tenderloin steak.
Q. What is souse meat?
A. Meat jelly made with the pieces from the head of a calf or pig, sometimes sheep or cow.
Q. What is tiger balm used for?
A. Pain relief from sprains, muscle aches, arthritic and rheumatic conditions.
Q. What is gripe water used for?
A. Gripe water is a home remedy for infants with colic, gastrointestinal discomfort, teething pain, reflux, and other stomach aliments.
Q. What are the ingredients of gripe water?
A. Gripe water ingredients may include- alcohol, a bicarbonate, ginger, dill, fennel, and chamomile.
Q. What types of fish are light?
A. Tilapia fillets, yellow tail snapper, red snapper, grouper, kingfish, swai fillet, whiting.
Q. What is Cube Steaks
A. A thin square or round cut of beef tenderized by cubing
Q. What are gizzards?
A. It is the lower stomachs of birds and chickens
Q. Is Quail a fish?
A. No . It is a small ground dwelling bird.
Q. What is Honeycomb Tripe
A. It is the second stomach of the cow. It is used as food. Has little
, flavor, but it is added to soups and stews as meat.
Q. What is pimento used for?
A. Also called Allspice, is the red fruit of a sweet mild pepper
,Usually dried to a berry & used as a spice to flavor food.
Q. Is browning a spice?
A. Made mostly of caramel , used for marinating, adds dark rich color
, to foods eg. Gravies, & sauces.
Q. What is Ram Goat Soup Mix?
A. A Jamaican product with goat flavor(granules) noodles,
,and fresh and dried seasonings
Q. What is Mixed Spice used for?
A. To complement fruit or other sweet foods. Commonly used in baking
,buns and pies.
Q. What kind of water is Kananga Water?
A. A cologne or toilet water used in rituals for protection and
Q. What is Sulphur Bitters used for?
A. May be used as a stimulant for appetite, or asa a mild laxative.
Q. What is Ferrol?
A. Is a dietary supplement, has Vitamins A. D,B & Iron
Q. What is Sofrito?
A. A Spanish seasoning, combination of spices, eg, cloves,
, garlic, green pepper & other aromatic seasonings.
Q. What is Glucose used for?
A. Gives quick energy boost
Q. What is Hog Maws?
A. It is the lining of a pigs stomach. Used in dishes such as Soul food,
, Chinese's & Italian cuisine. May be fried, baked or broiled.
Q. What is a Suckling pig?
A. A young pig that has only fed on its mothers milk
Q. What are Pork Knuckles? Do pigs have hands?
A. It is the knee of the pig.
Q. Who uses Sazon seasonings?
A. Is a seasoned salt mixture used by Latinos & Caribbean peoples,
, made of cilantro, achiote and garlic
Q. What is a Dutch Pot?
A. An iron cast pot, used on coal fire for cooking & baking eg. Roasts,
,stews and soups
Q. What is Bay Rum?
A. A splash on all purpose lotion. To keep you cool after shower or bath
Q. What is Eves Beef Iron & Wine?
A. It is a nutrition supplement, has iron and malt extract
Q. What is Stud 100
A. Applied topically, it helps to delay premature ejaculation. Active
,ingredient is Lidocaine.
Q. What is Horlicks?
A. It is a caffeine free malted drink, fortified with Vitamins A. D&C
Q. What is Palm Oil?
A. An edible plant oil, from the pulp of nuts of the palm tree.Usually out of
Q. What is burnt sugar?
A. It is invert sugar, caramelized with color added for sweet foods & beverages
Q. What is sorrel?
A. A slender plant, of which the upper leaves turn crimson. The sepals of the
,plant are used to make a drink ( the Christmas drink of Jamaica)
, boiled with cinnamon, cloves & ginger to make the drink.
Q. What do you make with goat foot bones?
A. Goat head soup
Q. What is in a Jamaican patties
A. Beef and spices