Milk Street Flavor Jolt
Spending hours to roast a chicken just for it to turn out bland? One-note steamed veggies? Expensive steak that's only good, not great?
There is a simple solution, one that many home cooks around the world already use every day: umami. That deep, savory flavor that leaves you coming back for more, umami is typically the JOLT you need to transform a dish from mediocre into magnificent.
On our travels, we have found that many cultures use a simple flavor-enhancer (MSG, Maggi Seasoning, kombu, shio koji, etc.) everyday to bring out the full flavor of other ingredients. Over the past year, Milk Street has tested and refined those options to come up with Milk Street Flavor Jolt , a combination of umami-rich spices, flavorings and concentrated seasonings—sourced from Europe to India and Japan—combined into a convenient one-stop flavor enhancer that will coax the best out of every meal.
The secret formula turned out to be more complex than we thought: Dried vegetables (tomato and carrots), umami-packed mushroom powder and alliums like garlic and onion make up the base of this mix, contributing a delicate sweetness that underpins the blend. Red miso powder brings a bit of assertive saltiness while earthy turmeric, mustard and paprika warm up the mix. Not to be forgotten, our secret weapons for extra depth: shio koji powder and asafetida. Both known for imparting rich, pleasant funkiness, the two flavorings round out the mixture. We tweaked flavors and salt ratios until we finally developed a seasoning blend that elevates and amplifies the distinct flavor of anything you put it on. Beef is richer, carrots sweeter and brighter.
Dust it over finished dishes for a flavor boost or blend with salt to season vegetables and rub steaks, chops, roasts and whole birds. It's terrific when used on its own and adds extra dimension to curry blends and chili powders.