Originally Posted by jennyema
Sugar makes the brine taste more savory.
Ups the umami factor.
Hate to tell ya but I'm pretty sure sugar and umami have nothing to do with each other.
The four traditional flavors are sweet, sour, salty and bitter. "Umami" is the fifth flavor, associated with our receptors specific to glutimate (AKA MSG).
I'm sorry to disagree but IMO adding sugar has nothing to do with "umami factor." It ups the sweetness factor. You need to add MSG if you want to up the umami factor. Or some other umami promoter.