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How to Pronounce Maggi Seasoning

Know Your Ingredients: Maggi Seasoning

For years, I'd heard bits and pieces about a flavoring agent called Maggi Seasoning, but it wasn't until recently that I had a chance to see how it's put to use. You may not be familiar with the ingredient itself, but this dark, vegetable protein-based liquid is used to add oomph to scores of popular products worldwide.

Maggi (pronounced "maggie") looks a whole lot like soy sauce, but it's, in fact, not an Asian sauce at all: the sauce, now owned by Nestle, was invented in 1886 in, of all places, Switzerland, where it was originally used as a substitute for meat extract. Today, the European pantry staple is popular not only in Europe, but has also turned up in corners of the world like Mexico, Malaysia, and Brunei.

The formula, which consists of wheat gluten, water, salt, and wheat bran (among other things) is highly seasoned and therefore used sparingly, but it's commonly used to add a boost of flavor to everything from gravies and salad dressings to matzo balls and bánh mì. Have you ever cooked with Maggi seasoning?

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lenuza lenuza 5 years
I'm from Germany and have known Maggi (here it is pronounced Muggie, by the way) since my childhood in the Sixties. It was in every chicken- or beef-broth and I also liked it on a slice of bread with rendered goose- or pork-fat - the tiny drops were like black pearls on the surface. I think, in the very beginning, the product was made of a herb-plant called Liebstöckel (don't know the english name), later they made it chemically. Here, it seems quite old fashioned now, to use Maggi - yet tastes good...
jbenson2 jbenson2 5 years
I'm Polish and we had it in our kitchen and it was always at the Polish restaurants ... so I thought that it was Polish. Funny! My dad would always add it to his soups to give it a little punch. I haven't thought of it in a while and should go get one for my own kitchen.
BlackSox BlackSox 5 years
I use it in Southern salads like macaroni and potato salads, and pimento cheese. It really brings out some flavors that might otherwise be drowned in the requisite amounts of Duke's mayonnaise.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 5 years
This was an ingredient I grew up with in my Dutch family, so I always assumed it was Dutch as well, Rosely. My grandmother put it on her croquettes, in her chicken noodle soup... pretty much anything to add a little savory kick. Delicious.
priyagupta priyagupta 5 years
Definitely thought it was Indian, haha.
Rosely Rosely 5 years
I thought it was dutch, it is very common here (in the netherlands). I dont use it much but my grandmother will put it on seriously anything :)
weirdy weirdy 5 years
i thought it was Malaysian... LOL.. i'm Malaysian and you can find it in most malaysian kitchens!!! :):)
mieko14 mieko14 5 years
So interesting! I usually find it in the Asian food aisle at the supermarket, so I always assumed it originated from Asia. It does make for a mean stir-fried garlic-crab butter noodle dish!
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 5 years
Surprised to know it isn't an Asian thing. Filipino household and we've used maggi in so many things for as long as i can remember.
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