January 18, 2023

What Flavors You Should Add to Your Vegan Dishes So They Taste Original

Plant-based lifestyles have grown to be tremendously popular over the years. Whether you’re vegan for ethical, health-conscious, or climate-focused reasons, plant-based options have never been more available than they are today.

Creating vegan dishes is simpler than ever thanks to innovative and delicious food solutions. However, it seems like everything has already been done. How can food manufacturers keep up with consistently new innovations.

Stick around to learn how you can make your vegan products stand out in the crowd.

Meat Seasoning for Vegan Products

Whether you’re new to vegan food, or have a couple of years under your belt, simulating certain flavors the body craves is essential. 

Many people who make the transition to vegan foods still crave animal-based flavors. Recreating these tastes can help individuals feel like they don’t have to compromise flavor for their new lifestyle. 

Getting familiar with a reliable meat seasoning can help emulate delicious flavor essences along the way for newfound vegans. To enhance the flavor of your plant-based meat, create a well-rounded spice combination. Utilize the likes of chili powder, paprika, parsley, oregano, cumin, mustard powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. This seasoning will satisfy new and old vegans alike. 

Creating A Satisfying Poultry Seasoning

Out of the many types of meat, poultry is one with a flavor profile that is used in a wide range of dishes. As a vegan, it’s hard to surpass the flavor of a good chicken broth or chicken-based meal. The good news is, learning a reliable combination of spices can create a poultry seasoning that easily cures those cravings. 

For your poultry seasoning formulation, create a blend of spices including sage, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, celery seed, allspice, and black pepper. Utilizing this mix in vegan poultry dishes and products will help draw in the hearty flavor profile of authentic chicken. 

Mushroom Mimicry 

A flavor staple for many vegan eaters comes from the versatility of different mushrooms. Many mushroom varieties are known to keenly emulate the unique flavor profiles of both seafood and poultry.

Introducing mushrooms to your vegan products will satisfy cravings with an uncanny flavor and texture replication. Try Chicken or Hen of the woods for a poultry essence, or Oyster mushrooms for a seafood flavor. 

Vegan Umami 

When eating meat, you’ll likely experience a sense of umami from your food. If you’re not familiar, umami describes the flavor sensation of ripe, meaty tastes rich in amino acids and nucleotides. For many, umami is a unique feeling that only comes from certain foods and flavors. This means that simulating this experience in vegan foods is a must. Luckily, there are a handful of vegan ingredients that can spark this flavor experience. 

Umami comes from the amino acid glutamate. Glutamate-rich foods like tomato, onion, soy sauce, miso, broccoli, or asparagus are just a few options that will create a vegan umami essence. Incorporate these ingredients into your vegan products to create an umami-rich food formula.

Flavorful Takeaways

When it comes to vegan food, there’s still a lot to learn. We now know that many plant-based dishes need to include essential food flavors in order to provide a home-run experience. When creating the right vegan product, compare and contrast to find out what’s missing. Calling in staple flavors will make your vegan foods a success in the plant-based market. 

Expand Your Taste Buds with OSF Flavors

Knowing what it takes to craft the right flavor profile for your product takes serious expertise. Consider the professionals at OSF Flavors your newfound guide to flavor manufacturing! Request a sample today and find out how OSF Flavors can help create your next product. 

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