„Every top chef knows that the overall taste impression of a dish can be enhanced by adding a pinch of sugar or salt, or a dash of lemon juice or vinegar, even if these ingredients are not prominent features of the dish. However, they modulate the taste”, explains Prof. Dr Thomas Vilgis, physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and author of numerous books on the science of cooking.“

A spoon tip of yeast extract can do wonders for the taste of a light salad that is rich in vegetables.” The reason for this miracle of taste lies in the components of yeast extract: in addition to proteins, minerals and vitamins it also contains glutamic acid that can be found for example in soy sauce and all protein-rich as well as many matured foodstuffs like tomatoes, mushrooms and Parmesan cheese. The characteristic savoury taste of yeast extract provides the umami taste that people perceive in addition to sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Although the taste of yeast extract is similar to that of a meat bouillon, it actually doesn’t contain any components of animal origin. Yeast extract is therefore a great solution for adding a savoury taste to vegetarian dishes as the recipe ideas show.

More information about EURASYP:
EURASYP is the abbreviation for the European Association for Specialty Yeast Products. Members of the association are European producers of special yeast products. The association is the point of contact for politics, science, the media, trade and the food industry regarding questions about special yeast products. The members of EURASYP include Bio Springer, DSM, Kerry, Lallemand, Leiber, Ohly and Sensient as well as the associated members Biorigin und Kohjin.

One of the association’s main goals is to disseminate information related to the production, composition, benefit and labelling of yeast extract to interested parties. This should help to strengthen the awareness of specialty yeast products – including yeast extract – as an ingredient in a wide variety of products and dishes.

Further information:
European Association for Specialty Yeast Products
42 rue de Châteaudun
F-75314 PARIS CEDEX 09
Telephone: +33 (0) 1 43 53 36 59
E-mail: info@hefeextrakt.info

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