One of the basic tastes; tasting of or containing salt. Example: Potato chips, sea water and cured meats all have a strong salt component.
A measurement of the perceived saltiness in a particular food. Example: A regular tortilla chip will have a higher salt intensity than an unsalted tortilla chip.
A flavoring of interchangeably used in the five basic tastes, referencing the presence of umami notes. Often associated with meaty, cooked, or earthy items.
A flavor resulting from burning the surface of a product with flame or heat, often lending a charred or blackened flavor. Example: Scorched meat can provide a burnt or blackened flavor to stock.
A technique utilizing high heat to quickly cook the exterior of a product. In meat preparation, the exterior of the product undergoes maillard reaction, more commonly understood as the caramelization of proteins; this process lends caramelized notes and a crisp exterior to meat products. Example: Seared pork chops have a golden crisp crust.
A measure of sugar. In terms of wine and sparkling wine, Sec refers to lower sugar wines, generally between 17-32g per litre
A scientific discipline that analyzes and measures human responses to food and beverages. A professional sensory evaluation is much more than just a blind taste test. The expert panel of chefs at ChefsBest measures the attributes in order of experience - appearance, aroma, basic taste, flavor and texture. A single evaluation can yield anywhere from 20-100 pages of sensory data.
When a food breaks apart cleanly. Example: Fresh corn, grapes, carrots and the casing of a hot dog will have a snap when bitten.
One of the basic tastes; often considered sharp, tart and acidic. Example: Lemon juice, vinegar and fermented foods often have a strong sour component.
A measurement of the perceived sourness or acidity in a particular food. Example: Lemon juice without any sugar has a high sour intensity.
A measurement of the solidity and durability of a food or ingredient when eaten, prepared or transported. Example: Potato chips that remain unbroken in the bag have good structural integrity, but frozen crab cakes that fall apart while being cooked do not.
One of the basic tastes; often considered pleasing while exhibiting characteristics of sugar. Example: Honey, ripe fruits and syrup all have a pronounced sweet component.
Measures the perceived natural or artificial sweetness in a particular food. Example: Apple cinnamon cereal will have a high sweet intensity.