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Old 10-26-2007, 04:09 PM   #1
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MSG - Monosodium Glutamate?

Just curious, but does anyone out there use MSG? Does it make a difference?

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Old 10-26-2007, 04:22 PM   #2
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Yes. Yes.
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Yes. Yes.
I kind of thought you would use it since you frequently speak of Umami. So, does it make the dish more pronounced? Do you only use it on some foods, or pretty much everything? Do you use it straight on meat like any other seasoning?

I saw a big jar of it for sale on Amazon.com fairly cheap and was thinking of getting some. Where do you get yours? Is it something Wal-Mart would carry? Iíve got a Flat Iron Steak to cook this weekend, so Iím wondering what MSG might add to that.
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Old 10-26-2007, 04:39 PM   #4
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No, I cannot use MSG. It gives me migraines and makes me ill.
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Old 10-26-2007, 04:41 PM   #5
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This is what I use (usually the kind without annatto) -- just a tiny pinch. A small amount heightens the savory taste in food. Too much, though, and you'll have a very "off" taste and weird aftertaste.

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I personally don't like straight MSG. Tastes too chemical or something.

The Goya seasoning has spices in it.

I bought a jar of Penzey's seasoned salt and added a whole package of Sazon Goya to it, as well as black pepper, garlic powder, onion pwder and thyme plus a small amount of white sugar. It's killer.

I'm not sure I'd use MSG alone on anything, as it only works for me in very small quantities.
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Old 10-26-2007, 04:51 PM   #7
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Another yes and yes from me.

MSG is a very misunderstood thing. It is blamed for migranes and headaches and all sorts of other illnesses and in all reality, while it can cause these problems in some people (a very very small minority), the majority of people are not affected by it.

As a matter of fact, I would be willing to bet that almost everyone consumes MSG on a weekly basis without even realizing it. It is in so many prepared supermarket foods and other things.

MSG is a type of salt and as such I use it similar to how I use salt. It is a flavor enhancer. I do not use it on everything just as I would not use kosher salt on everything.

I get mine in the supermarket, under the name Accent. It is sold right were the salt is sold. It is inexpensive so there is no need to buy in bulk if you want to try it keltin.
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This is what I use (usually the kind without annatto) -- just a tiny pinch. A small amount heightens the savory taste in food. Too much, though, and you'll have a very "off" taste and weird aftertaste.
So, thatís a seasoned salt with MSG, coriander and annatto? There are a few Mexican Markets in town, Iíll check there to see if I can find this. Thanks.

But for a big jar of pure MSG like the one at Amazon, I take it you donít want to use MSG powder very liberally but would instead mix a little into a spice rub of sorts? Perhaps make your own seasoned salt? So itís not something you just sprinkle all over the place like garlic powder?
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I personally don't like straight MSG. Tastes too chemical or something.
I know what you mean Jenny, although I really like that taste. I describe it as flavorless flavor. Something that people won't really understand until they taste straight MSG.

I was talking to someone else a while ago who said when she was a kid she would lick her finger and stick it in the MSG and eat it just like that as she loved the way it tasted, but didn't taste.
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Yes for me as well.

You can add a bit to stews and soups, a tomato sauce, etc.

Penzeys also offers it.
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