It’s time to break up with salt. OK – not a complete separation. But it is time to make up with ways to reduce the amount of sodium in what we eat and try cooking techniques and flavorful ingredients to enhance flavors of food with using less or no salt.
So from the Stylistics – “What does it take to please you? Tell me just how” – here are some easy ways to reduce sodium in your diet.
I love the title of this post because the opposite seems to be the general perception these days. Basically, many people see MSG as a product most often found in food products that are highly processed, cheap, and low-quality. At the same time, they do not see how MSG can be part of more serious, upscale, and gourmet foods. I see a similar attitude among chefs. Some chefs are completely opposed to using MSG in food and see it as beneath their talents — a type of culinary cheating. They see MSG as not being wholesome and natural. Other chefs understand that MSG is completely safe and bumps up umami (delicious savory notes) in a recipe. At the same time, some of these same chefs still do not use MSG for fear of negative consumer feedback or their company’s policy.
Whether you love them or hate them, casseroles have been a staple at family meals for a very long time. According to Wikipedia, casseroles originally were characterized as being a combination of meat or fish, “various chopped vegetables, a starchy binder such as flour, rice, potato or pasta, and often a crunchy or cheesy topping. Casseroles are usually cooked slowly in the oven, often uncovered. They may be served as a main course or a side dish, and may be served in the container in which they were cooked.”
Umami is hot right now. As Americans expand their palates to include more foods from different cultures, they’re getting introduced to an abundance of umami-rich foods. Famous chefs are currently featuring it in their menus and building restaurant concepts around it. But umami isn’t just a buzzword or a fad; it’s one of your five basic tastes.
This is the year you’re going to do it! This is the year you will stick to your New Year Resolutions! How am I so sure? Because this year, you’ll have MSG to help you “Meet Simple Goals!”
MSG, of course, is monosodium glutamate, the flavor enhancer that is glutamic acid, found naturally in our foods and in our bodies combined with a single sodium molecule for stability.
So how exactly will this umami seasoning (aka flavor enhancer) make your year better? Keep reading!