PRICE ALERT: Make Salt And Pepper Tokwa This Week

Did you know we import salt, too?

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Did you know that the Philippines imports 93% of its salt supply? This was the revelation of the Department of Agriculture in a press release last August 24. Even the department noted that this fact was "an unfortunate circumstance (for) a country with 36,000 kilometers of shoreline". 

Seawater is one of the main sources of salt and while average seawater is 3% salt, this is enough to give it that characteristic salty taste. The Philippines in particular has different kinds of salt available that rival imported Himalayan pink salt and France's fleur de sel, and it's not just sea salt versus rock salt versus table salt. 

Did you know that we also have a specialty salt called Asin Tibuok from Bohol? This salt is also known as a "dinosaur egg" and is considered one of the rarest salt available now because of the rare few who still know how to make this 16th-century kind of salt. (Want to give it a try? We found Asin Tibuok on Lazada as well as on Shopee in time for the 9.9 sale!) We too have a kind of fleur de sel which is the delicate salt crystals formed when seawater evaporates and are carefully harvested without breaking the natural form of the salt. 

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Salt is the universal ingredient in almost every recipe.
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Salt is used in almost every dish, savory or sweet, and it's for this reason that importing salt, just like the sugar crisis, is one that can be avoided. Plus, using salt to flavor your dishes is practical since just a pinch or two can be enough to flavor most dishes.

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Want easy recipes to use salt? Salt together with pepper actually enhances the natural flavors of the ulam recipes you make, so you get the fresh flavor of shrimp, pork spareribs, squid, and yes, even tofu or tokwa when you use salt as your base seasoning. Along with the other ingredients in the recipe, you will be making tasty food every time. 

Make cooking at home affordable by using these ingredients. Consider using sayote which continues to be affordable at P40 per kilo in your dishes this week. Cook kalabasa, which is P50 per kilo, which makes a great hearty ingredient in stir-fries and stews. It can be roasted with potatoes, now P70 per kilo, and a few red onions, P140 per kilo, this week for a great veggie side dish that isn't a ginisa

What other ingredients can you use? You may need to know what food prices went up or down this week. 

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Here are the ingredients that had a price increase this week: 

Illustrator Louis Miguel A. Talao

Here are the ingredients that had a price decrease this week: 

Illustrator Louis Miguel A. Talao
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These palengke prices are sourced and gathered only from these markets in these areas in the metro: Commonwealth, Guadalupe, Las Piñas, Malabon, Marikina, Mega Q-Mart, Muntinlupa, Muñoz, Pasay, Pasig, Pritil, Quinta, San Andres. 

For more information about the price monitoring of selected agricultural and fishery commodities in the metro by the Department of Agriculture, visit Price Watch on the government agency's website

Price Alert is a weekly roundup of the prices of common goods and other ingredients monitored using the Department of Agriculture's Price Watch.  

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Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

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