Salt, Seasonings & Additives
Many of our most important foods are a little bland and can become
monotonous when often repeated. This has resulted in an endless search for
new seasonings to break the monotony and add interest. Seasonings provide
the cook with a palate of tastes s/he may exploit, either to fame or
disgrace depending on skill and imagination.
Chicken Powder -
[Chicken flavored broth mix]
East and Southeast Asian recipes depend a lot of chicken stock being continuously available, but that isn't always practical in this day when servants and stay at home cooks are increasingly scarce. This is particularly so for Southeast Asians now living in North America. This has made Chicken Powder an essential ingredient for cobbling up small amounts of stock quickly. Due to it's common availability it has also found use as a general seasoning.
Some of the Asian brands are entirely artificial, completely
unrelated to actual chickens, so it is a good idea to read the
ingredients list before purchasing.
Details and Cooking.
This highly controversial white crystalline powder is rapidly increasing in use, particularly in processed foods. The reason for this is simple, it enhances flavors. Processed foods are loaded with salt and spiked with MSG to cover their lack of natural flavor.
First identified in seaweed, glutamate exists in many natural foods,
including mushrooms and some vegetables.
Formerly made from wheat, it is now industrially produced by bacterial
fermentation of carbohydrates, and is celiac safe. It's safety in other
respects has been strongly attacked and just as strongly defended. See
our page MSG & Health.
Diagram by Benrr101 contributed to the public domain.