El Tostonera

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
A picture of the wooden tostonera
A picture of the wooden tostonera

           My grandma and my grandpa both immigrated to the United States. My grandpa came from Puerto Rico and my grandma came from Dominican Republic. I've heard many stories on how it was for them to migrate here. The United States is very different from hispanic countries. There not only are people from all around the world, but there are so many different cultures in the United States. It's very difficult to try to fit into a country they aren't familiar with. So immigrants bring their culture with them. My grandpa brought his traditions and recipes with him. A very common hispanic tradition are certain foods. An example of this is tostones and tres golpes. They Are both made with plantains. Tostones are made with platanos, you use a tostonera. A tostonera is a usually wooden kitchen tool used to smash plantains. It's a tool that you see in every hispanics house. In my family, our tostonera belonged to my grandma and grandpa, then was given to my mom. When my mom grandma moved out she left the tostonera with my mom. The tostonera is important to my family because it helps preserve Puerto Rican culture when it comes to food.

Place(s): Puerto Rico
Year: 1917

– Mia Gomez

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant