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Old 02-20-2017, 12:31 PM   #1
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Cochinita Pibil: Leaf substitute

Can anyone suggest a good substitute for banana leaves in cochinita pibil? Not something I can get :( I did think foil, but then I'm concerned the acids will react with the aluminium during the long cooking time.

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Old 02-20-2017, 12:51 PM   #2
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Aluminum foil shouldn't be a problem. Can you get grape leaves? You might have to use lots of them and probably need to double wrap, but the should work. You can get achiote and sour orange juice?
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Old 02-20-2017, 01:30 PM   #3
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You could also wrap in parchment paper before wrapping in foil.
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Old 02-20-2017, 01:51 PM   #4
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You could also wrap in parchment paper before wrapping in foil.
This. Or just parchment
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It needs to be kept closed while cooking, not sure I'd trust just parchment with a long cooking time.
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Old 02-20-2017, 04:44 PM   #6
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Great suggestions. Thank you :)
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Old 02-20-2017, 05:11 PM   #7
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Aluminum foil shouldn't be a problem. Can you get grape leaves? You might have to use lots of them and probably need to double wrap, but the should work. You can get achiote and sour orange juice?
I've not made cochinita pibil, but I've seen it made by chef Rick Bayless. He uses pork shoulder, which is very forgiving. I think that if you get the herbs and spices right, the banana leaf wrapper will not be a big deal. I don't think the banana leaves do much, if anything, for flavor. It seems to be more for the steaming process. I think you could use parchment paper and get good results.

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Old 02-21-2017, 10:27 AM   #8
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Banana leaves do add some flavor, but they're not easy to come by. I've made cochinita pibil using nothing but foil. It works fine.
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They have them in the freezer case in regular markets here with other "ethnic" foods.
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Old 02-23-2017, 02:16 PM   #10
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I'll take your advice and use foil/paper. My initial idea was foil; I was just concerned about the prolonged acidic environment reacting with the aluminium!
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other suggestions are cornhusks(not ediable), grape leaves(mideastern roll these), ti leave, lotus leaf
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