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Bitter boosters

corneygirl Dec 15, 2010 04:03 PM

I know this might sound strange, but does anybody have a go to seasoning that they use when a dish needs a little bitterness? I'm thinking like vinegar or lemon for acid, fish sauce for umami, etc. I Use a pale ale for braises, but sometimes the veg adds more sweetness. I'm thinking a sort of pantry item that I can throw a little bit in to boost the bitterness a little bit, but not really add an identifiable flavor of its own? Thanks!

  1. Breadcrumbs Dec 15, 2010 04:22 PM

    I really like your question and may be back as I think back to other dishes I've made but one thing that immediately came to mind is tomato powder.

    In the summer, when tomatoes are super-sweet, I use it to balance the sauce and, I've also added it to stews and braises to add a little tang and deepen flavours.

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    1. re: Breadcrumbs
      corneygirl Dec 15, 2010 05:15 PM

      I've never seen tomato powder before, could be because I never looked tho. I'll keep my eyes out. Thanks!

      1. re: corneygirl
        Breadcrumbs Dec 15, 2010 05:19 PM

        I purchase it here corneygirl:

        http://www.oliviersandco.com/

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