Trader Joe's sells Umami take two. Yes, this isn't Trader Joe's first dive into selling us something that is simply just umami. A couple years ago they sold Umami paste. That paste was all sorts of umami from tomatoes, to mushrooms, parmesan cheese, olives, balsamic and other forms of umami. This product is clearly different.
This product isn't trying to be all the of umami rolled into a tube. Don't get me wrong, I loved that little tube. But that tube has been discontinued.
Its biggest flaw was the obvious question: What the hell do you do with it?
I found ways of using it, but I know a lot of people struggled with how to incorporate that into a meal.
On the side of this jar you are still left with the same problem. It just says, "Any dish."
So here is what you are tasting when you get this. First off, this is primarily salt. So if you salt and pepper your first, I'd cut back on the salt before you overdo it.
Next, this has a mushroom flavor. What wasn't expected was the pepper.
I don't typically read through the ingredients before I try something. So there is a bit of bite and heat with this product. It's mild, but it is there. Nothing unpleasant. Likewise, the mushroom flavor here isn't nearly as assertive as the salt.
Now, what pairs well with a mushroom flavor? Here are some ideas for flavor pairings: almonds, arugula, bread crumbs, butter, carrots, parmesan cheese, chicken, cream, fish, garlic, lemon, onions, parsley, pasta, polenta, pork, potatoes, shallots, steak, soup, turkey, and tomatoes.
Odds are if a recipe you are using one of those listed items, this product might pair well with this item.
Overall, it isn't as awesome as Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning blend and I don't see myself using this as much. But as a product that is closer to a seasoning salt, it isn't bad.
For $2.99 it's inexpensive and not a bad item to try (as long as you don't mind mushroom flavor).
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The jar of Trader Joe's Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I'd buy Trader Joe's Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend again. It might be a while, but I'd purchase it again.
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Trader Joe's Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend
Product Name: Trader Joe's Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend
Product Description: Trader Joe's Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend is a salt and mushroom seasoning blend that adds an umami flavor
Trader Joe's Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend is new and takes the place of the now discontinued Umami Paste.
- This adds a good bit of seasoning to a dish. I had mine with chicken and added a nice flavor to it.
- It might be hard to figure out how to best use this.