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Aug 30, 2011 12:40 PM

"Flavor Extender"?

I came across a pamphlet that was my grandmother's, entitled Betty Crocker's Bisquick Party Book, printed in 1957 (okay, so I'm one year older than it is). I noticed in most of the recipe that call for meat, particularly beef, it calls for 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon "flavor extender". Flavor extender = MSG or Accent? Any thoughts?

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    1. Gotta be MSG. Can't think of another thing it could be. That's pretty precious. A retro name for umami, before that flavor was identified!

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      1. re: mamachef

        The whole little booklet is pretty trippy.

        1. re: lrostron

          As a lover of food esoterica a/w/a all things trippy, I love those little product-inspired pamphlets, and the ones put out by the say, electric companies and the Beef Council and suchlike. "10,000 ways with Tuna" and the "Hungry Hubby Cookbook." Just delightful, so campy, a great sign of the trends and foodways.

      2. I also suspect it is MSG but both salt and sugar are considered flavor enhancers not very different from flavor extender.