Every day Dominican families face a complex decision scenario in terms of choosing to make Dominican dishes, due to the cost involved in preparing them and related to their income.
Local newspaper El Listín Diario inquired about the price involved in a family made up of five members to taste the popular mangú with salami for dinner or lunch, according to the prices of official publications.
As simple as it may seem, making certain local dishes in the face of the inflation scenario that prevails in the world and that directly affects consumers and workers makes the purchase of certain products from the family basket complicated.
Although the prices of items have remained stable, according to data from the National Institute for the Protection of Consumer Rights (Proconsumidor), the preparation of several meals is a daily challenge faced by housewives, who have to manage to your children eat well.
When consulting the Dominican Proconsumidor Price Information System, it was found that the price of certain products may vary according to the brand and size.
In this case, to make a mangú with salami, the cost of a plantain unit can be found from RD$17.64 to a maximum value of RD$26.59 pesos.
Adding to the list is buying a pound of salami from a generic brand that starts at RD$93.00 to RD$209.00, since this sausage serves as a companion to this meal. If you like to fry the salami, the cost increases, since you have to buy oil, so a 16-ounce bottle is between RD$74.00 and RD$95.00.
If the housewife runs out of gas in her stove when she goes to prepare this favorite Dominican dish, she has to have RD$147.60 to buy a gallon of this fuel.
However, margarine would be missing to add a bit of texture and flavor, and according to the portal of the consumer protection institution, getting about 15 ounces of this product would cost RD$120.00 pesos.
For a family to prepare this type of delicacy you need about nine bananas whose cost amounts to RD$162.
To this figure would be added a pound and a half of salami for RD$140, as well as oil, a gallon of gas and butter. So, the total cost of this dish rises to RD$671, when taking into account all these factors.
Although it is true that if the members decide to make stewed salami, the budget could be increased by the integration of new ingredients such as tomato sauce that is around RD$50; the cubanela pepper at RD$35, and the pound of garlic at RD$89 pesos.
For this household to choose to eat this dish for a month, they would have to have RD$20,130, which represents almost four-fifths of the RD$25,215.73 corresponding to the cost of the basic family basket of the first quintile of the population, that is, of the lower social extract.
According to the latest report on the cost of the basic family basket by income quintiles published in recent days by the Central Bank, the national food basket increased to RD$42,482.52 in September, when for the previous month it was placed at RD$40,358.58.
According to the Central Bank, year-on-year inflation fell due to the effectiveness of the subsidies implemented by the Government for fuels, and the pause in the electricity rate.