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The Magic of Black Garlic

Black garlic is a product of ageing regular garlic bulbs over the course of weeks or months, which requires strictly regulated temperature and humidity to achieve the perfect consistency and colour. The change in color is caused by the Maillard reaction. In short, it is a process of a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars that gives browned food its distinctive flavour. Such as, the browning of various meats when seared or grilled, coffee roasting and the browning and umami taste in fried onions. Most people would assume it’s a caramelization process but it is not, even though the results can be similar to the naked eyes.  In this particular Maillard process, it’s a fresh raw garlic that...

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Introduction to Smoked Salt

Salt is a necessary ingredient in the kitchen. Just about every savoury and even some sweet dishes use salt. In cooking it is used in different ways such as curing, baking, finishing, grilling, and BBQ-ing. But because of everyday use, we would crave for something a little different, a simple tweak. Hence, on certain days like those, when you are in need of something a little more, consider using smoked salt. It gives dishes some smoky aroma and a nice twist to your dishes.  Smoked salts are sea salt flakes that have been infused with smoke from untreated, real wood, with no artificial flavours or colours at all. The salt is smoked with bark-free woods for a long time. In...

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What is Indonesian Sea Salt?

Salt is well known as a food preservative and flavouring agent. It has been used to preserve food for many years and is the main seasoning ingredient. It gives the food flavour, essential nutrients, texture, and enhances the colour. But it also plays other, lesser-known roles such as in cosmetics. The richness of minerals it contains proven can cleanse and soften skin and hair. Also, benefited in modern medicine to regulate blood pressure, balance body fluids in the blood, and secretion of gastric acid. Salt contains two main minerals, sodium and chloride. Which are essential for human health. Sodium is essential for nerve and muscle function and is involved in the regulation of fluids in the body, also Sodium plays...

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