The Kenya Ceramic Jiko, is a stove which uses charcoal as fuel. It has an hourglass shape, and it is made from a metal exterior, with a ceramic internal liner. The ceramic liner has holes in its base, which allows ash to fall through and be collected in the box located at thme bottom of the stove.
We had a closer look at the traditional way of cooking in Kenya and we learned a lot about the jiko. To get to know how people in Kenya are using it, we had a talk with Shabu.
- Where do they cook? Why do they cook inside?
- Is it known that the smoke is unhealthy?
- Do people have or build chimneys?
- What kind of fuel is used? Cooking at home/ cooking at the kiosk.
- Is slow cooking an alternative option to cook?
What we learnd:
- Either people cook with an open fire, a jiko, a kerosin stove, or a saw dust stove.
- People are cooking inside for privacy. They light up the stove outside and continue cooking inside.
- People are aware of the unhealthy emissions from cooking but they don’t have many other options to choose from.
- The jiko is one of the best options when cosidering money and health.
- Because the houses in the slums are not owned by the people that are living there, they don’t build chimneys.
- When cooking at home, mostly the jiko is used with charcoal or gas. In the kiosks, mainly the kerosin stove and the saw dust stove is used.
- Slow cooking is not successful because there is not enough time in their daily schedule.
- Fire outbreaks are caused by cooking accidents.