Taste #5 Umami Paste... have you tried it?
I was intrigued enough to buy a tube of this stuff when I saw it in an outlet store here in PA. I've used it twice but I'm not convinced I'd buy it again. I often use concentrated tomato paste in my sauces. I also use concentrated anchovy paste. I think either of those two products would create the same umami "flavor bomb" as #5. That said, I haven't tried #5 as a meat seasoning or as a condiment, as suggested on the package.
I'm curious to know if anyone has used this product. If you have, how did you use it and what did you think of it? Do you think it's useful, or is it redundant, given the other ways in which you typically "umamify" dishes you cook?
Can you give me an example of a dish where you've added #5 in at the very end? Maybe I'm not creative enough to figure out how to use it.
BTW, it's not actually anchovies I've used in sauces, it's concentrated anchovy paste I was referring to. You don't really get the taste of anchovy, but it adds the umami factor.
I'd never heard of this until now, I looked it up and here it is:
it seems awfully handy for camping, or cooking at a vacation house that isn't stocked, or just making up for a lack of..
while you're making dinner. But no, I've never tried it. You say *either* tomato essence or anchovy would achieve the same end? Interesting product.