Do you ever wonder why food tastes so good at restaurants, and why at home it seems to taste a little bland? One reason, I think, is that food always tastes better when someone else prepares it. My mom used to make me cinnamon toast when I was growing up, and I just can’t seem to make it myself quite as good as she could. My theory is because there are more expectations when you are sitting there working with the ingredients and taking the effort to mix ingredients, and then clean-up and take up apart your blender or food processor afterwards.
Why is Eating Out so Tasty?
The other reason that food tastes better at restaurants is that they use seasonings less sparingly than we do at home. Not only do they use more seasonings, but their seasonings are also fresher because they cycle through them more quickly. How long does it take the average chef to go through a grocery store tin of nutmeg? A long time. My grandma made pies, and I still remember going through her spices and finding some that were more than a decade old. Spices lose their flavoring after time, but of course we don’t throw them out because they don’t grow visible mold like bread, cheese, or fresh fruits and vegetables would. Restaurants are also generally very liberal with the butter and salt. Unfortunately, if you’ve worked in the restaurant industry, you are aware that even at very find restaurants the food is not always as fresh as we think it is, and sometimes this can be made up for with good spices.
Add a Twist to an Ingredient
Another way your restaurants make the food taste differ or special is by taking regular ingredients and adding a twist. A great example is flavored mayonnaise. Sure, Miracle Whip is great, but what if it had a special twist? Some examples of flavored mayonnaise that are easy to make with the right kitchen appliances are pesto, garlic, chili, roasted pepper, cold muster, or my personal favorite, wasabi. This will take a familiar dish and flavor and will add a slight twist that will wake up the taste buds and make you wonder, “What exactly is in this?” So if you want to capture “restaurant” style type flavorings, think about your spices and how you could slightly alter the familiar ingredients to add a little extra kick.