Dry borscht in a jar: immigrants in Texas adapted a Ukrainian dish to American realities
At the Central Market in Dallas (Texas), you can see the familiar name for Ukrainians "borscht". The traditional national dish is sold by the Revenko spouses from Zaporozhye. Why is it so unusual for the leisure, the publication found out Voice of America.
The finished dish is packed in a small jar, but the borscht there is not ordinary, but dry.
“When people take a can, they read the list of ingredients. Indeed, indeed, borscht and everything that is included in it. And how did you do it, they ask that it is dry, ”says Aleksey Revenko.
“This is our trade secret,” adds wife Victoria.
The borscht history of the Revenko family began with the addiction of the late father Alexei. When he retired, he began collecting borscht recipes.
“I went to libraries, to friends, asked, wrote down. And somehow it grew into a huge database. Father loved to catalog all this, - recalls Alexey. “In total, 1496 recipes of various borscht were collected.”
Therefore, in the United States, the couple decided to start their own business - borsch. First, a ready-made first course was sold on the market on tap.
“We brought home an almost full pot of borscht and consumed it for a whole week,” recalls Victoria. "Over time, each time there was less and less of it."
The national Ukrainian dish soon became popular among Americans, but the coronavirus changed the spouses' plans. The market was banned from selling ready-made food. And Revenko decided to slightly modify the cooking method - they started a dry borscht startup.
“The phase of experiments has come. We were looking for a way to dry vegetables and at the same time make borscht borscht, ”explains Victoria.
“Our daughter is very fond of food, but exceptionally good and real food,” the Ukrainian woman says in detail. - She is our borscht marker - a kind of critic of this dish. The daughter was very suspicious of the dry borscht, as if it was not real. "
“Over time, I stopped saying that it was dry borscht. And then one day she ate it, but when I told my daughter about it, it turned out that she did not even notice the difference. And then we realized: this is exactly what ”, - explains Victoria.
The dish, ready in dry form, was placed in glass jars, which were decorated with Petrikov painting.
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“After using the contents, the jar can be reused. People use it as a sugar bowl or as a vase for flowers, - said Alexey. "There is also borscht in a magnet container, which can also be used later for something."
It is very easy to prepare such borscht: you need to boil the broth, add the mixture and meat (if desired), and then cook for 20 minutes.
“This is exactly the same borscht that was prepared by my grandmother, mother, neighbor. A taste from childhood, ”emphasizes Alexey.
The mission of the spouses is to make the popular Ukrainian dish accessible to everyone who does not have time to devote several hours to it in the kitchen. The Revenko family has already started selling borscht online with delivery.
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