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substitute for msg in a recipe

Older cookbooks list msg as an ingredient. I can not have msg, what could I substitute in it's place?

asked by Bobbie Buckley Dirks 2 months ago

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Nancy

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added 2 months ago

Powdered dulled (a sea vegetable) can replace msg.
Be careful...as the original is from glutamate, found in seaweed, this season veg may also disagree with you.
Use 1-2 tsp for 1 tsp in original

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Nancy

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added 2 months ago

Auto incorrect; sorry.
Not dulled but d u lse
Not season veg but sea-veg

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added 2 months ago

MSG is a cheap way to enhance flavors because spices were expensive, but I found that either skipping it (esp if you already used to no msg, you'll not miss it), and/or just adding a bit of more flavoring and spices from what is already in the recipe should work. Adding other natural source of msg flavor (mushroom, kelp, etc) might add new uninvited flavor.

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BerryBaby

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added 2 months ago

The only thing I notice about NOT using MSG is I won't have a headache after I eat. Really no need to use it.

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creamtea

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added 2 months ago

Like others have said, you can leave it out.
Having said that, I have lately been adding Umami flavors through various means, such as a sprinkle of nutritional yeast in cooking to add a little depth of flavor & nutrition, especially when I am cooking vegetarian. There are different opinions about naturally-occurring "bound" glutamates (nutritional yeast) being ok vs synthesized (msg); you'll know best what you can tolerate. (Here is an online discussion related to my google search for "glutamates and nutritional yeast": http://www.msgmyth.com...). I'm sure others will weigh in. Essentially msg ("Accent") enhances perception of flavor (I remember my mother using it until all the news reports came out). Lots of foods have naturally-occurring glutamates, so if you are required to eliminate them entirely then no, there's no substitute, but it's not essential anyway.

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