Food Substitutions

category-substitutesWhen cooking certain dishes, often times some of the ingredients called for in the recipe can be difficult or impossible to locate in certain parts of the world. But all hope is not lost. Many ingredients do have an equivalent ingredient that can be used in the place of the missing ingredient. Sometimes ingredient substitution may also be necessary to accommodate those with certain food allergies or difficulty digesting certain food items. Keep this in mind when you are preparing food for a sizable number of guests or for someone you haven’t cook for before.

Green Papaya as a Meat Tenderizer?

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Picture of Unripe Green Papaya

Unripe papaya, also known as green papaya, is a common fruit in southeast Asia. Both the ripe and unripe form of papaya has a variety of culinary uses. Unripe papaya is probably most well known in Filipino cuisine for being the key ingredient in the condiment called atchara, which uses pickled green papaya as the primary ingredient. But a lesser known use for green papaya is as an alternative meat tenderizer. Unripe papaya contains an ...

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