Bye, Bagel Seasoning — This Is the Newest TJ’s Blend to Covet
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Trader Joe’s is constantly breathing new life into our formerly boring dinners with offerings that range from baller vegan foods to low-carb keto delights. And we haven’t even gotten into the spice section. Though we’ve been big-time fans of its Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, we have to take a moment to showcase its newest crown jewel: Trader Joe’s Mushroom & Company Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend ($3). Umami, the fifth taste, is that savory, “meaty” flavor that you find in things like Parmesan cheese, bonito, kelp, and miso. It’s also found in mushrooms, thanks to the fungi’s naturally occurring glutamic acids. Leave it to Trader Joe’s to figure out a way to capture that essence, and we’re not talking synthesized MSG or anything like that.
The seasoning combines kosher salt, dried onion powder, ground mustard seed, porcini mushroom powder, white button mushroom powder, crushed red pepper, black pepper, and dried thyme. The blend helps bring out the savory qualities of the other ingredients, and the seasoning overall has a funky, rich flavor with a hint of spice. But what can you do with a jar of powdered mushroom? We’re glad you asked.
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