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DYI Sofrito/Sazon and Herb Lab at Terrace

Date: July 15th 10am-12:30pm 

Facilitators: Happy Healthy Latina (Yadira García)

Place: Terrace Garden. Located on Broadway at 228th St (Marble Hill Houses).

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Cost: Free

Participants: Children ages 5-12.


One of the biggest problems plaguing our community is not only food accessibility but the preparation of these foods. Many of our traditional cultural seasonings such as Sofrito, Recao, Sazon have been culturally appropriated by large manufacturers and corporations who have since filled these seasonings with high amounts of sodium, preservatives, sugar or artificil fats and unhealthy oils.

These seasonings directly contribute to the propagation of disease states such as hypertension (high blood pressure), cholesterol, early onset of diabetes and Obesity.

We will have a demo table showing these manufactured seasonings and display the amount of sodium, sugar, salt, fat as compared to RDA (recommended daily allowance) to help illustrate to community members how harmful they are.

Through this workshop community member will have the chance to prepare their own food seasonings, much based upon what is growing in the garden. They will learn the art of blooming spices and drying herbs to extract maximum flavor and we will use a blender and food processor to show how to prepare Sofrito, Sazon, Adobo. Residents will then be able to bottle and take their seasonings with them, In labeled mason jars.

We will showcase delicious traditional preparations of using garden made sofrito, sazon, adobo recao. Such as a whole grain Moro using brown rice, fresh herbs and pigeon peas.