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'Potatoes are peeled right in the sink': what impressed our immigrant in American cuisine


Source: "Blog about the USA" on Yandex.Zen

American apartments are very different from what we are used to, and the kitchen is the greatest proof of this. Channel author "Blog about the USA" on "Yandex.Zen" I have identified 4 differences that I would like to share with you. Further - from the first person.

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Every American kitchen has a cooker hood over the stove. Before, I didn’t even think how much this was necessary, but now it’s hard for me to even imagine how to cook so that the hood does not work. After all, all the smell and steam spread throughout the apartment.

Now, of course, in the CIS countries, many, making repairs in the kitchen, install such hoods for themselves, but in ordinary apartments they were not there before, and now many do not. And in America, even in the cheapest apartments, this is a common thing. And often you can see the microwave oven over the stove with a cooker hood built into it.


Almost all kitchen sinks have built-in waste shredders. Before moving to America, none of my acquaintances had such grinders, so I consider this a hallmark of the cuisine in the United States. As soon as I realized how convenient it was, I began to use it constantly.

The convenience lies in the fact that, firstly, you can peel all the vegetables directly into the sink - and then just turn on the chopper. You have a clean sink in seconds!

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And secondly, all organic waste does not need to be thrown into the bin, so there are no unpleasant odors. Or, for example, if you want to get rid of the remnants of food, then just pour everything into the kitchen sink.

And the most important plus is that no blockages are needed, which must be cleaned, and pipes are never clogged.

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Bar counter

In American homes, the kitchen is combined with the living room, most often they are separated by the bar counter. Often a kitchen sink is built into this rack, and the rack itself can be used as a table. High chairs are usually placed next to her.

In general, in the USA you will not see just a full-fledged kitchen where you can close the door. Since childhood, I got used to the fact that the kitchen is a separate room, and here it is just as part of the living room.


In America, they love huge refrigerators. There are two reasons for this.

First, Americans usually go to the supermarket once a week or less and pick up a lot of food at once. Naturally, for this they need a roomy refrigerator. This is quite realistic, because, for example, American dairy products can be stored for almost a month.

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The second reason is that Americans are very fond of buying frozen food, and for this they need a huge freezer. For example, simple dishes in plastic containers that can be defrosted in the microwave are popular. I am a little confused by such food, because, for example, pasta with meat has a shelf life of up to a year. I have tried it once and do not recommend it to anyone. But Americans love it because it is very convenient.

Original column published on channel "Blog about the USA" on "Yandex.Zen"

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