Mushroom and Company's multi-purpose umami seasoning blend is made from a divine blend of kosher salt, dried porcini mushrooms and white mushrooms, dried onions, mustard seeds, red and black pepper, and thyme. Umami seasoning powder was specifically designed to emphasize the umami flavor naturally present in the foods to which it is added. Simply replacing common salt with this Umami seasoning salt will amplify the savory flavor of any dish you cook. Umami, the much sought after fifth flavor, is a salty flavor component in foods such as cured meats, roasted vegetables, mushrooms and fermented or aged products, such as artisanal cheeses.
I like to keep this condiment neutral in salt so that it can be used in several dishes, but you can mix it with other herbs and spices to transform it into a variety of different spice blends.
Umami isthe fifth flavor often referred to as salty, along with salty, sweet, sour and bitter. We make it with natural and healthy ingredients that are appreciated for their rich umami flavor, such as porcini and shiitake mushrooms, dry aromas such as garlic and onions, sun-dried tomatoes in powder form and a personalized blend of herbs and spices. A couple of companies (such as Trader Joe's) are making packaged condiments that combine a variety of umami-rich ingredients to make umami powder, but with this recipe it's very easy to prepare at home.
The presence of umami-rich compounds in foods has been linked to the stimulation of the salivary glands, meaning that foods with more umami are literally more delicious. Umami seasoning powder is a carefully crafted blend of finely chopped mushrooms, vegetables and aromatic herbs, specifically designed to naturally enhance the savory flavor of your favorite foods. On a scientific level, umami is understood to come from glutamate and other compounds that exist naturally in products with a natural meaty or salty flavor. Once you have a very fine powder, you can simply mix the umami powder with the salt for seasoning.
As for adding chili flakes, you can add other condiments such as chili, garlic powder, spices, etc., but I use it instead of regular salt, so I wanted the mix with a more neutral flavor so that it would have the most versatility. Since the other ingredients displace part of the salt, you'll end up with less salt in your food, but it'll still have a lot of flavor, thanks to the increase in umami. Umami is a relatively new concept in the West, but in Japan, where flavor was first identified more than a century ago, it has long been an essential dimension of cooking. From a culinary point of view, umami-rich compounds are found naturally in specific foods and can be improved through roasting, fermentation or curing processes.