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Mar 19, 2011 07:32 PM

What in the world is "ham type flavor"?

In a seasoning packet that came with some black eyed peas, this "ham type flavor" was listed as an ingredient. What in the world is that? I've heard of ham "flavor," but ham "type" flavor? whew!

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  1. I think it depends on what type of ham they are thinking about.
    There are many, many different varieties.

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    1. re: Tripeler

      I think it's salt with a heavy dose of msg.

    2. Yup had a similar experience with a can of tomatoes recently. After years of purchasing only imported Italian tomatoes, I recently decided to purchase a can of Tuttorosso peeled plum shaped tomatoes and was surprised to learn that there was no "customary" whole basil leaf included in the contents. Usually, one would find at least one floating around in there somewhere, but this time nothing. So I decided to smell the contents and realize that maybe the basil was in there afterall. To my disappointment, the tomatoes smelled very bland and there was an off fragrance about them too. I couldn't make out what it was, so I decided to read the ingredients label and maybe THAT would prove to be revelatory. Sure enough, 'NATURAL BASIL FLAVOR'. My goodness. Some kind of extract perhaps? I was disappointed with the scent, but fortunately it didn't impact the recipe all that much. As a result, I will try not to stray because I believe whole basil leaf is best IMO.

      The ingredient declaration -->

      1. still researching:

        i'm gathering (D'OH!) that there is not even a remotely faint ham-derivation anywhere in its provenance!

        1. Eeerk. "Ham-type flavor" provokes in me a "soul-death type" shudder.
          I'm thinking it's some form of sodium base or yeast base that contains the merest hint of liquid smoke (or liquid-type smoke) to give it that Southern flava.
          Girl, you know how to cook and do it well. Make some dang peas and rice!

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          1. re: mamachef

            i wasn't intending to USE the packet. i just had never heard of the ham "type" flavor. it is yet one step further removed from real food and toward the wonderful world of chemical re-creations of "reality."

            have a fantastic "good-type morning," mamachef!

          2. Where is the package from, al? Could it just be a question of bad English translation? My nuoc mam from Thailand has "allergy advice:contains anchovy fish" not quite a warning, but rather "advice"...

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            1. re: porker

              porker, it is a harris teeter brand package, from matthews, north carolina.

              "ham flavored seasoning packet inside" -- salt, dextrose, malodextrin, sugar, bacon flavor, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate, ham type flavor, and no more than 2% silicon dioxide added as an anti-caking agent.

              mmmmmm mmmmm gooooooood!