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NutriPro Simple & Authentic – Building flavours

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

One of the pleasures of cooking is playing with the flavor of foods, and adding or intensifying tastes with certain ingredients allows you to experiment while giving guests the natural, authentic experience they want.

SALTY

White table salt is a standard, but it’s far from the only choice. Salts from various parts of the world can add interest in terms of colour and texture, along with interesting variations in mineral flavours. Try using Kosher, Himalayan pink Sea salt, Black Hawaiian, Fleur de sel, or Smoked salt.

 

SWEET

Try nature’s own sweeteners, such as honey and maple syrup. Both of these ingredients add their own flavour profile along with extra sweetness. You can also use ingredients like natural stevia leaves to enhance sweetness without adding additional calories.

 

BITTER

Emphasize bitterness with citrus zest, squid ink, dark  chocolate, or espresso powder.

 

SAVOURY/UMAMI

The savoury taste of umami has been identified as one of the flavours responsible for people “liking” a food.1 It occurs naturally in foods that contain  the common amino acid glutamate, like  meat, sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan  cheese, and mushrooms.

 

Certain ingredients also interact with each other to enhance umami flavours. Try these combinations:

  • Kombu seaweed + dried bonito
  • Onions, celery, and carrot + beef
  • Spring onions and ginger + chicken

FIRE & ICE

While they’re not related to temperature, the experiences we perceive as “burning” or “cooling” can also intensify the eating experience. Look for these ingredients to turn up the heat or keep your guests cool.

For a hot sensation, try using hot pepper, cinnamon, ginger, or garlic. For a refreshing taste, try using mint, or tarragon.

 

 

Sources

 

1Miyaki, T. Umami Increases Consumer Acceptability. Journal of Food Science Research. 2015