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What is a Jiko?



We often get a lot of enquiries from clients who may not know what a Jiko is. So we thought we would write a little bit about what it is, where it comes from and what it does.


The Jiko is a traditional concept from Kenya. In Kenya, it is used mainly to make pizzas outdoors, taking pizza making to the next level. A Jiko is a essentially a charcoal-burning stove which performs all the conventional tasks that a normal oven can do. A Jiko oven can roast, bake, toast and steam.


A Jiko has shelves in between the tiers of coal, allowing the placement of pizza trays. Placing the pizzas in between the tiers of coal, allows the crust and base to go lovely and cripsy, whilst the topping also cooks from above. This results in an oozy cheesy topping, full of that wonderful flavour and a crust that is slightly charred. This is what makes the perfectly cooked pizza.




Along with thin home-made bases and our very own secret tomato sauce, our pizzas are absolutely to die for, as you can see in the picture above. We have tried to replicate this with a wood-fired oven and even with the oven at home, and it never tastes the same.


Did you know that we also can make our famous Jiko Pizza bases for pick up/delivery in case you want to have your own pizza party?


Why not have Jiko Pizzas at your next function? Chat to us now on our website and we will get back to you shortly.

Speak soon,


Sandy Mama's Kitchen

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