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9 Things You’ll Find In Every Cuban-American’s Pantry

There a few staples most people have in their refrigerators: milk, juice, some mystery thing in a takeout box that you keep forgetting to throw out. But Cuban-Americans have a few special items that are all our own. Check it out:

A random bowl of lentejas.

#lentejascubanas #lentelsoup #cubanthrowndown

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With cling wrap over the top, ~for freshness.~

Garlic.

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People think everyone across Latin America eats spicy food. But for us, it’s all about the  garlic.

Even. More. Garlic.

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I’m not kidding around.  

Sofrito in a butter container.

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There’s a 99.99999999999% chance any butter container in any Latino’s kitchen is not going to contain butter.

Gallons of leche condensada.

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We have a *BIT* of a sweet tooth, and sometimes this manifests as drinking directly from a can of leche condensada.

Guayaba!

This came in the mail! #goya #guayaba The in-laws know what’s up!

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Preferably in the form of a thick, sugary paste.

And queso crema, of course.

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Because how are you going to have guayaba without queso crema? It’d be all lonely.

Tupperware packed with frijoles negros.

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The only thing better than frijoles are leftover frijoles.

This specific tin of saltines… only filled with rice.

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Where’d all the saltines go?

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What’s your favorite item in your kitchen right now? It’s the garlic, isn’t it? Let us know below.

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