Family owned and operated
The Dutch pot Jamaican restaurant located at 418 Madison Ave, Albany, NY opened its door for business on July 11th, 2012. Dutch pot is Jamaican slang for a Dutch oven (a large, heavy, cast iron saucepan w. a close fitting lid used for cooking meat, soups and just about everything). A Dutch oven was originally a cooking chamber of tin-plate suspended in front of a fire, & used chiefly for roasting meat. Now almost obsolete in Britain, they are still widely used on a day-to-day basis in Jamaica and possibly other Caribbean cultures, where they are known as 'Dutch Pot' or ' Dutchie'.
The Dutch Pot specializes in Jerk Chicken and does make the genuine product as is done in Jamaica. Jerk Chicken is believed to have been conceived when the Maroons introduced African meat cooking techniques to Jamaica which were combined with native Jamaican ingredients & seasonings used by the Tainos. The method of smoking meat for a long period of time served two practical purposes, keeping insects away from the raw meat & preserving it for longer once it has been cooked. This process also introduces a strong smoky flavor to the meat.
Nowadays, the word "Jerk" is used as a noun to describe the seasoning applied to jerked food & as a verb to describe the process of cooking used. The cooking technique of jerking, as well as the results it produces, has evolved over time from using pit fires to old oil barrel halves as the container of choice. These barrels are fired with charcoal, which enhances the spicy, smoky taste. Most jerk in Jamaica is no longer cooked in the traditional method & is grilled over hardwood charcoal in a steel drum jerk pan.
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