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Mortars still preferred to blenders – NAN survey



Mortars still preferred to blenders – NAN survey

By Chiazam George & Blessing Onyeaka

Mortars are said to be essential in every kitchen, some say they are preferred over modern innovation.

A representative sample of women from the Federal Capital Territory told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that electronic kitchen gadgets were limited in functionality.

Ms. Joyce Alabi, civil servant in Katampe declared that the electric mixer was limited in its functions despite its efficiency; therefore she could not do without the wood mortar.

“I can’t use the electric mixer to make ‘Banga soup’ and that’s one of the reasons mortar remains irreplaceable in my kitchen,” she said.

Alabi noted that her husband preferred to eat foods prepared with wooden mortar rather than foods prepared with electrical appliances.

“My husband prefers to eat pounded yam prepared in Poundo Yam flour mortar and you can only pound with a mortar and the difference is very clear, they don’t taste the same.

“The pounded yam has an original taste,” she said.

Ms. Ezinne Chukwuemeka, a resident of Gwagwalada, said the mortar allows her to handle the few ingredients she uses for cooking.

“I prefer to use mortar because I like to do things myself and with the mortar I don’t lose my ingredients especially when the quantity is small.

“I also prefer to use my mortar for the Fufu and the pounded yam because there is always a difference, just as the washing machine will not give you the perfect wash like your hands.

“Modern kitchen equipment is the same with washing machines, which is what makes me prefer my mortar,” she said.

Likewise, Mrs. Grace Akajie, a housewife in Suleja, said that wooden mortar always comes to the rescue, especially when there is no power supply.

“With the wooden mortar, I can cook whenever I want. Yes the blender saves time but I can only use it if there is electricity.

“That’s why I have to have a mortar even though I have 10 electric mixers,” Akajie said.

However, Ms. Kunle Emmanuel, a resident of Gwagwalada, said she preferred the new kitchen equipment because it made cooking easier, faster and less stressful.

“Using the mortar to prepare the foufou and the pounded yam takes an hour or more, but the equipment takes a few minutes and the food is ready,” she said.

In addition, Ms. Sukanmi Ayodele, said that she does not like stress and that is why she chose to use modern kitchen equipments, which makes cooking easier.

According to her, I like to follow the trend and embrace new things that make life easier and less stressful.

Mr Charles Ayuba, a businessman from Wuse, said he didn’t care how the food was prepared as long as it tasted good.

Ayuba said he wouldn’t want his wife to use the wooden mortar as it seemed very stressful to use.

“I can eat both pounded yam and poundo yam, as long as my stomach is full.

“I also think hammering with mortar is very stressful and I wouldn’t want my wife to do such a strenuous activity,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kabiru Husseni, producer and seller of wood mortar in Giri, Gwagwalada Regional Council, said the new kitchen equipment is not affecting his business as there is a relentless demand for wood mortars.

“The invention of this kitchen equipment did not affect our sales. Mortar has different uses and most people don’t buy it because they want to grind it, but the design appeals to them as well, ”he said.

According to him, most people cannot afford this modern equipment and some don’t like Poundo Yam and the like, so they prefer real pounded yam.

“If we produce thousands of mortars here it won’t last long, they will all be sold because people come here to buy and even take them out of Nigeria,” he said.

Husseni said he would have problems with his wife if she served him Poundo Yam because he preferred real pounded yam.

Another wooden mortar seller, Malam Abdulahi Suleiman, in Katampe, said there was a continued demand for the wooden mortar and his customers mainly used it for pounding yam or foufou.

“The demand for wood mortar is high. In fact, it takes no more than three days to deliver more than 200 pieces of wood mortar to wholesalers and retailers.

“People buy wooden mortars for a variety of reasons, but the majority of my customers buy them primarily for pounding yams and foufou and as gifts for new brides,” Suleiman noted.

According to him, mortars cannot disappear because many houses cannot do without them. (NOPE)


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