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Old 12-15-2016, 10:39 AM   #1
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Another TJ's Product

What do you think of this? Too lazy to use tomato paste, anchovies, mushrooms, red wine, etc., etc to boost the umami in your recipe?


Trader Joe's Umami Paste Explanation | Epicurious.com
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Old 12-15-2016, 11:15 AM   #2
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"The umami-savvy among us know how easy it is to use tinned anchovies or fish sauce—even just a splash—to complexify the flavors of a dish, even if those ingredients don't register specifically on the tongue. This is just another weapon we can add to our arsenal."

If we have all those things - and I'd bet most people who cook frequently and enjoy it do - then for me, I don't want a weapon in a tube. I still have a lot of homemade tomato paste in the freezer to use up
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Old 12-15-2016, 12:53 PM   #3
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I agree. Seems silly to buy something like that. If I want umami, I'll often just add a splash of soy or Worcestershire sauce, since I always have those items on hand.
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Old 12-15-2016, 02:43 PM   #4
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While the umami-savvy among us can wing it on our own, I sure can see the market for this product.

Who among us doesn't use purchased blends of seasonings in our cooking?

Sometimes we use those blends for convenience, sometimes it's because the blend is just right for our taste, and other times we don't want to purchase the individual seasonings.
I'm 99% happy with Tj's products and I think this is yet another great idea.
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Old 12-15-2016, 03:53 PM   #5
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I will give it a try.
$1.99 isn't that much to spend to try. And I can always return it if I don't like it.
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Old 12-15-2016, 03:59 PM   #6
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While the umami-savvy among us can wing it on our own, I sure can see the market for this product.

Who among us doesn't use purchased blends of seasonings in our cooking?

Sometimes we use those blends for convenience, sometimes it's because the blend is just right for our taste, and other times we don't want to purchase the individual seasonings.
I'm 99% happy with Tj's products and I think this is yet another great idea.
+1 most use shortcut store bought spice blends, bottled sauces etc. Why not use this also.
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Old 12-15-2016, 06:02 PM   #7
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While the umami-savvy among us can wing it on our own, I sure can see the market for this product.
I agree with you. I was responding to the paragraph I quoted - if we're knowledgeable enough to use a splash of fish sauce to add umami, I see it as an unnecessary extra. I do indulge myself occasionally with kitchen ingredients, but for me, this wouldn't be one of them. One more thing to remember I have

I can see it being helpful to new cooks, though.
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Old 12-15-2016, 06:26 PM   #8
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However, it's more than just a splash of fish sauce.

Ingredients: Tomato paste, garlic, anchovy paste (anchovies, salt, sunflower seed oil), black olives, balsamic vinegar (acidified grape must, wine vinegar, caramel), dehydrated Porcini mushrooms, Parmesan cheese (pasteurized milk, rennet, salt), citric acid, olive oil, wine vinegar, sugar salt.
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Old 12-15-2016, 07:57 PM   #9
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I would buy it. I have never stocked tinned anchovies or fish sauce. This looks like an easy way for me to add umami.
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Old 12-15-2016, 08:18 PM   #10
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Come on, Kayelle, that was just an example. I'd bet that you and I both have several items on that list. I use what I think is appropriate for the recipe I'm making. Seems a little weird and unnecessary to use them all at once.

But of course, YMMV
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