Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
Learning about Flavor Profiles
Can you name six different flavors? What type of flavor is your favorite? What happens when you mix them? Join Brandee in her kitchen as she answers these questions while tasting some different flavors found in her kitchen. Then try finding your own!
The six different flavors are: sour, spicy, salty, bitter, umami, and sweet

Try finding a food for each of the six flavors in your kitchen Here are some examples:

Sour : lemon, lime, pickles, vinegar
Spicy : hot sauce, garlic, ginger, pepper
Salty : chips, pretzels, crackers
Bitter : coffee, dark chocolate, kale, grapefruit
Umami : avocado, miso, seaweed, parmesan
Sweet : fruit, honey, maple syrup

Follow along with Brandee in the video as she tastes each different flavor. What flavors are your favorites? Are there any you don't like? Could you mix any together to make them taste better?
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Exploring Different Tastes- Make your own Salad Dressing!

Make a list of your favorite foods or recipes. What flavors are included? Do you tend to enjoy sweet foods or salty foods better? Do any of your favorite foods have bitter or sour flavors?

Sometimes when a food has too much of one flavor, we can balance it by adding another. For example, black coffee is very bitter, which is why some people add sugar and milk to balance it. Believe it or not, chocolate is made out of cacao beans, which are extremely bitter. When it's processed into chocolate, sugar and milk are added to make it more tasty. Some other delicious examples of mixed flavors are chocolate-covered pretzels (salty and sweet) and pickles (salty and sour).

To experiment further with different tastes, try making your own salad dressing! The secret to perfect homemade salad dressing is a balance of different flavors. You can include: olive oil, vinegar (any kind), lemon, garlic, honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, black pepper, salt, mustard, and dried or fresh herbs . Try mixing together a small amount of some of these ingredients, and taste it. Does one flavor overpower the others? Try adding something else to balance it.





More Resources

Learn more about flavor profiles and combining flavors

Check out this fun tasting activity for young children

A recipe for homemade salad dressing, in case you have trouble getting the right balance of flavors



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Recipe of the Week
Let's celebrate May with a Harvest of the Month Recipe by Chef Robin Forte!
 
1 Tbs. onion, finely minced 
2 garlic cloves, minced 
¼ c. red wine vinegar 
½ tsp salt 
1 c. cilantro, chopped 
1 c. parsley, chopped 
1 Tbs. fresh oregano, chopped 
⅔ c. extra virgin olive oil 
 
Combine minced onion, minced garlic, red wine vinegar, and salt in a medium sized bowl, add chopped herbs and olive oil. 

Enjoy your chimchurri as a condiment on grilled meats, seafood, or vegetables, or used as a marinade. 
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